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  • Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • Written by: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Moneyball is 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)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Lewis has hit another one out of the park... You need know absolutely nothing about baseball to appreciate the wit, snap, economy and incisiveness of [Lewis'] thoughts about it." (The New York Times)
"I understood about one in four words of Moneybal, and it's still the best and most engrossing sports book I've read for years. If you know anyting about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode." (Nick Hornby)
"Engaging, informative and deliciously contrarian." ( Washington Post)

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  • A Kirk
  • 24-09-18

So you aren't a baseball fan?

It's OK, neither am I. I wouldn't know a shortstop from a triple play. Actually that's not quite true, I do now courtesy of this book, but it doesn't matter because Michael Lewis is a (perhaps THE) master of telling a story on a specific subject and making it about a whole range of issues related to that subject. You won't even notice that you've left the main road for a scenic detour through (for example) one player's formative years, his thoughts and hopes and aspirations and experiences, until you're suddenly back on topic and cruising through the main story again. You never lose sight of the main road, but the detours let you see it in context.

As is often the case he looks into the technology of his subject (without ever making it dry), the schools of thought surrounding it, both the conventional ones and the heretical ones... and most of all the people. Just as you don't need to be a finance expert (or even be particularly interested in finance as such) to appreciate The Big Short, you don't need to be a baseball fan to appreciate this story.

The story is about overcoming odds. About developing new ways of thinking to achieve something when conventional wisdom says you can't. About finding value in skills and people where the world says that the value doesn't exist. And, of course, about the people who come up with those ideas, the people who are affected by the ideas, and the people who push back against them.

As with many of Lewis' books you'll meet an interesting array of diverse characters who come to life through the words Lewis uses, and the stories he tells about them.

Scott Brick does an excellent job of bringing the story to life; he has a good voice, is easy to listen to, and adopts just the right pace to keep the listener engaged.

I really couldn't tell you how many times I've listened to this book since I bought it, save to say that I know the last time I listened to it won't be the last time that I listen to it.

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  • Adam
  • 08-01-16

If you're not a baseball fanatic then it's not for you...

As a sports fan I thought I'd get the heads up before watching the film. But I couldn't manage all of the book as its too heavy on intricacies of Baseball, loads of stats and obviously written for the baseball fans. I thought it might have been tailored to a more mainstream market but it's really only written for proper baseball fans.

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  • Kenny
  • 02-08-14

Interesting book, overdramatic reader

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?

It's non-fiction.

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  • CDubya
  • 13-04-13

Recommended reading for all sports fans

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.

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  • M. T. Crowe
  • 19-02-15

love a good stat I do.

loved it must read for anyone who love stats or baseball. made me rethink how to mesuer the value in my fields of interest.

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  • Mick
  • 29-12-13

Again, an excellent Lewis book

If you could sum up Moneyball in three words, what would they be?

Surprisingly-good, great-as-always, it-doesn't-matter-it's-baseball

Who was your favorite character and why?

The manager (can't remember his name Billy something)

Any additional comments?

I came to this as a Lewis fan with an interest in finance. Having listened to most of his work I had avoided this due to the fact that it's baseball. I finally listened after Seth Klarman recommended it (as a finance book but he is a big baseball fan). I still don't rate baseball but nonetheless the listen was great.

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  • Nick Morris
  • 17-01-16

Amazing read

I've read a lot of Lewis's work but this is by far the best. The perfect mix of stats, baseball and amazing characters.

I didn't want to listen to much as I was desperate for it not to end!!

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  • Chris
  • 10-07-13

Baseball stats for the layman.

What did you like most about Moneyball?

It made statistics interesting, I always looked forward to listening in the car!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The stories around each player the book examines and the evolving story of Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta were enjoyable. At times, the author seemed to go on a bit to make a point but this was a small issue, and did not really detract from the quality of the listening experience.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick was a very good narrator, making me laugh at several points with his Billy Beane speech. Brick is one of the highlights of this audiobook, I will look to download more titles with him as narrator in the future.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

None particularly, but as mentioned above, I was flabbergasted that I was finding something like stats exciting to listen to.

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  • Matt
  • 08-06-22

The rare occasion the movie was better than the book

I think this book wasn’t for me, but it really was a slog. I loved the movie as it was about an inspiration and innovative story. This book is written in a way which it boringly discusses niche baseball things and lots of maths. It wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. The ingredients are there and there are some great moments. However you need Aaron Sorkin to make it really wonderful. I like Lewis but I didn’t love the book

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  • Brian B.
  • 29-04-22

Baseball insight

It's best if you have a reasonable knowledge of baseball.
If you have this is quite a revelation. How a cash strapped team over achieves due to statistics and a unique General Manager. Very good narrator.

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  • Lee Taylor
  • 18-03-22

Superb

Don't know why I avoided this or the film for so long, brilliant book, fantastic writing and an amazing story with data showing how us data guys can really make a difference.
I know a bit about Baseball, but not much l, but that didn't matter.
Really great performance as well from Scott Brick.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-21

Never seen a game of baseball but what a story

I am not a baseball fan nor have I seen a game, but this is a story that can be appreciated by anyone with mild interest in any sport or those that like the idea questioning conventional thinking. Really enjoyed it !

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  • Thomas K.K. Morison
  • 23-05-20

Awesome if you have a basic understanding of BBall

If you know anything about baseball is an awesome synonym between baseball and the markets loosely I should say.

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  • Vik
  • 23-03-20

Lots of numbers

This book is little difficult to follow as there are lots of numbers and if you are not a baseball fan its very difficult to follow. Some of the numbers are easy to follow.
Decent book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-20

Slow burner but heaps of fun

For people who love the intricacies of all sport even if you don’t know much about baseball

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  • Bevan
  • 24-08-19

PURE GOLD

Better than the movie by far. Scott Brick is a narrator supremo and Michael Lewis is a wizard with words

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-19

Brilliant story that doesn't age.

An incredible and unbelievable story about intelligence overcoming the status quo. Get this if you like baseball, but especially if you like a good story. This book isn't so much about baseball, but it's about how a few smart men chose data and facts over feelings, and thrived.

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  • Brett Miell
  • 14-06-19

Exceptional use of statistical analysis

The presentation of statistical analysis through baseball and what was not looked at by all the major clubs is staggering. The book is well presented and the performance engaging. There is no need to be a fan of Baseball to enjoy this audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-19

brilliant

brilliant and worth two three four reads. even if like me you know little about the game. billy bean is my hero!

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  • Wedzerai
  • 02-10-18

Great story!! Awesome take always!!!

Enjoyed the story, the narrator was fantastic and the lessons in business and about having good systems was just awesome... ‘the system should be the star of the show’ I paraphrase...
Highly recommend! 😊👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👌🏿

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  • James
  • 13-02-18

Great

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!