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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if they were interested in baseball. Pretty dull if you're interested in sports/math.
What did you like best about this story?
It's about the statistical revolution in baseball which is basically synonymous with the title of the book and it's worked incredibly well. It's a great book about modern sport and has a great mix of underdog narratives (fat guys, weird pitchers, etc) and math.
Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?
No... he's just too over dramatic. He does not fail to pronounce "any" as anything but "an-ny". Throwaway phrases like "there wasn't anything that anyone could do" become smug triumphs: "there wasn't AN-NY-THING that AN-NY-ONE could do." I made it through the endless Atlas Shrugged also read by him and the moment I started listening, I recognized his over dramatized style. Not every sentence needs to be a revelation.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This book has been much referenced in UK sports in recent years - especially football - and you can see why, even if the major Premier League teams show few signs of heeding the lessons. The sheer weight of baseball statistics can be a bit heavy at times for us Brits, but it's a fascinating story of applying intelligent and analytical thinking to the task of building a sports team. The descriptions of groupthink and received-wisdoms in the baseball management and scouting community are funny and insightful, and no doubt have parallels in our sports. If you're a sports fan, I recommend it, but if you don't like sport, don't spend your money on this - however much you liked Brad Pitt in the movie.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I love that as a semi baseball fan this book provided new insight into the world of a winning team and moreover the world of management. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Great book, entertaining movie, excellent audio!!!
Great story of doing things better. Removing the stereotype programming so common in sport and business!!!