• Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-26-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (3,344 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of Major League teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.
In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win.... How can we not cheer for David?
©2004 Michael Lewis (P)2011 Random House
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4 out of 5 stars
By Dirk Turgid on 03-05-12

Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit

A well written and gripping story,even for those not especially interested in baseball.

But for those of us that love the game, it is a delight. The rethinking of the analysis of baseball statistics -- some of which have been untouched since 1859 -- make the nerds with the athletic ability of a convenience store, such as myself, to be intellectually fulfilled.

I've always been an admirer of Scott Brick, a consummate professional in the narrator bullpen.

But, oh, my -- the editing. For Audible, usually a benchmark of releasing a top drawer products, to have let this one out it its condition is....regrettable.

There are at least five (I stopped counting) places where the narration repeats two sentences. There are at least five (I stopped counting) places where the narration repeats two sentences.

Please, Audible -- pull the masters on this one, put an intern in a studio for nine hours or so, and clean it up -- you'd look so much less lazy and foolish. Please, Audible -- pull the masters on this one, put an intern in a studio for nine hours or so, and clean it up -- you'd look so much less lazy and foolish.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 08-21-13

The best sports and business book I've read.

By now I'm sure most of you have seen the movie, which was excellent. I read this book maybe 5 times before the movie came out and at least 3 time since. So what's my point...

First, it is written by Michael Lewis, perhaps the best nonfiction author of this century. He is the master of finding remarkably entertaining true life stories, whether the subject is sports or business. He reminds me a bit of Andrew Tobias with his wit and irony.

Second, despite the undeniable success of the moneyball revolution in baseball, the book and the methods it reveals is still scoffed at by the majority of Major League Baseball and virtually ignored by virtually all of ameture baseball. It was a David versus Goliath story in 2000 and remarkably, it remains so today.

Thirdly, it is a masterpiece about business, how we evaluate success and how we should always be thinking outside the box.

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