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Moneyball

The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (133 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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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Pick of the formats

Great book, entertaining movie, excellent audio!!!

Great story of doing things better. Removing the stereotype programming so common in sport and business!!!

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Great book

Great book, fascinating listen and suitable for even people that are not baseball fans. A book before its time looking at big data in a real life situation.

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  • A Kirk
  • 24-09-2018

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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  • Kenny
  • 02-08-2014

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
  • 13-04-2013

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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  • Adam
  • 08-01-2016

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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  • Nick Morris
  • 17-01-2016

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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  • M. T. Crowe
  • 19-02-2015

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
  • 29-12-2013

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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  • Matthew John Barker
  • 09-11-2019

good book, probably even better for baseball fans

enjoyed this, but found it hard to understand as I dont know much about baseball and there are a lot of technical terms and stats.

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  • AB
  • 25-10-2019

strangely addictive: don't need to like baseball

I know nothing about Baseball, haven't seen the film but I picked this up after a couple of recent Lewis articles on the financial crash. It's strangely addictive, I still know nothing about walks , slugging average and so on but if you just let that wash past you the conceptual approach was fascinating. It is also a little sweary at times. A guilty pleasure listen.

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  • Kw
  • 05-08-2019

Loved it - and Ive never watched a game of basebal

Really enjoyable book. Highly recommend it. Didnt know a single player in baseball but it didnt matter. It's not really about baseball!

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  • Alexander
  • 24-06-2019

another solid Michael Lewis book

Good book, wouldn't say it's the genius of a few of Michael Lewis's other titles but solid, entertaining interesting and an easy listen as always.