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?
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As an a previous player through college, and coach of my teenage kids, I found this audio book fantastic, could hardly put down, thought it was read well.
GREAT BOOK! HORRIBLE NARRATION!
Michael Lewis has the uncanny ability to take a rather lifeless subject (baseball statistics) and weave together a soulful insight. His storytelling form is the distinction that turns ordinary baseball into America's Greatest Pasttime.
HOWEVER..Lewis makes the mistake of reading his own text. Like a lot of writers, he has the ear and inner voice for storytelling, but not the actual voice. There's a reason why professional voice-talents make a living doing just that. Lewis croaks like a bullfrog for the entirety of this audiobook.
Buy the book, not this audio book.
It shows just how much of a genius billy is. The Oakland athletics surivive in a league where other teams have four times as much money as they do. Any baseball fan well appreciate the fine craft of this book.