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Moneyball

The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Lu par : Scott Brick
Durée : 10 h et 26 min
Catégories : Anglais - Sports, Baseball
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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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  • Dirk Turgid
  • 05/03/2012

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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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 21/08/2013

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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  • Ryun Forsman
  • 06/10/2011

Great book that will open your eyes

I am what I consider a pretty intelligent "student of the game", but this book opened my eyes and made me realize what I was really missing! I have followed and used the conventional baseball statistics without fully understanding how limited the typical stats are. Even if you are a casual fan, this book is a great read. It not only explores the raw data that proves a baseball player's true worth, but it is also an insight into the brilliant minds of the people who changed the game.

As a Tampa Bay Rays fan for the last 12 years, I can truly appreciate what Billy Beane, Paul DePodesta, and the non-traditional baseball guys have done for small market teams!

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  • Kendra
  • 02/01/2012

This Book Is a Winner

What made the experience of listening to Moneyball the most enjoyable?

Okay, confession, I saw the movie first. That was good, but the best part of the movie is that it stirred me to want to read the book. Okay, so I listened to it, and it's fabulous. If you even remotely appreciate the game of baseball, you'll love this book.

Lewis has artfully tracked all the historical threads from their origin through to their connection with Billy Beane and what he proved was possible when you weren't the best bankrolled franchise in major leage baseball.

I didn't realize that all the fantasy league play was based on this whole new world of statistical analysis.

Lewis writes a good book. Even though it's nonfiction, I have to call it creative nonfiction. It keeps you interested in the story and what's going to happen next, which is why (I think) the movie follows the book so well.

But don't be satisfied just watching the movie. The background to this story is another story all together and equally interesting.

This book is a solid home run.

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  • Sarah Dumoulin
  • 07/02/2012

No need to be a baseball fan

Moneyball is a fascinating look at how the manager of the Oakland A's used statistical methods to assemble the best baseball team he could given his limited budget.

Although I had heard excellent reviews of this book I avoided it for some time as I have no interest in baseball. I'm glad that I finally decided to give Moneyball a try. Despite my complete lack of baseball knowledge (I recognized the names of exactly three of the baseball players mentioned in the book - Babe Ruth, Bonds and Strawberry) I found the book both interesting and enlightening. Lewis does a great job of explaining what you need to know to see how players had been undervalued and why. On top of this, the stories he tells about the players and the managers are compelling and often humorous.

I loved listening to this book so much that I'm already thinking about listening to it again. Very highly recommended.

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  • Joel Mayer
  • 02/05/2012

Outstanding book

This is one of the best books about baseball ever and is a "must read" for anyone wishing to understand the game better. It takes the reader/listener into what is actually happening during the games and the season (hint: it is not what most broadcasters blather on about). Michael Lewis manages to make even the most mundane parts of baseball interesting and the interesting parts are riveting! As one reviewer I read put it, it is "bad news bears for MBAs."

With all that said though, the production was disappointing. As others have pointed out it does occasionally repeat sentences (an odd experience that is distracting when you are listening closely). The other problem I had was his mispronunciation of names of baseball players. The names of people are integral to the book and I think it does not do the individuals justice to mispronounce their names. I usually enjoy Scott Brick's narrations but this one was somewhat disappointing.

Overall, though, it is well worth it to listen to or read this book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in baseball, business or life.

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  • David
  • 14/09/2011

Great book, even if you don't like baseball

I'm not really a baseball fan, but I totally enjoyed the book. I love Michael Lewis's ability to make even the most arcane topic, like the baseball draft process, sound spine tinglingly exciting. I think Brad Pitt will be fantastic in the role, but I am glad I read the book before the movie came out. Even if you hate baseball, you will enjoy the rich characters in this book.
Wonderful reading by Scott Brick--he is the best!

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  • Steve
  • 11/08/2011

Old School vs. New School

"Someone in the Kansas City Royals front office, please read this book!!!!

As for the rest of us, this book is primarily about baseball, but also about how observant outsiders can provide insight that the insiders are blind to. Or in other words, how the old school resists the new school despite the proof the latter demonstrates and the former lacks."

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  • Phyllis
  • 05/01/2017

Repetitive

Normally, I am a huge Michael Lewis fan. Not this time. The author could have made his point as easily with less examples. Droning on and on about the same point was unnecessary. At 30% of the length after a good edit effort, it might have been OK.

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  • Erika Shaffer
  • 23/03/2015

Great warm up for baseball season

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

Math, baseball and personality

Any additional comments?

A very fun listen that introduced me to the world of baseball. Very much enjoyed it!

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  • Valentin
  • 02/07/2014

Data Driven Decisions, Management's Folly and more

Just a well written and gripping book about baseball, data driven decisions, management folly and the difficulty of appraising skill even in a domain as quantified as baseball.

The book is very well suited to be an audio book and I absolutely recommend it to everyone (however, you should have had some previous expose to Baseball - otherwise you will struggle to understand it). I had seen the movie before reading the book - this did not temper my enjoyment of the much more detailed book.

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  • bjarne
  • 17/03/2018

Nur für Amerikaner & andere Baseballfans

Was genau hat Sie an Moneyball enttäuscht?

Wenn man sich mit Baseball nicht auskennt, ist es zäh stundenlang über Spieler, Strategien, Ergebnisse, etc zu hören. War mir vorher bekannt und daher hatte ich lange mit mir gerungen ob ich das Wagnis eingehe, da mir aber alle anderen Michael Lewis Bücher sehr gut gefallen haben, habe ich es probiert und bin auf die Nase gefallen.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Nur für Basefallfans

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  • A user
  • 02/07/2016

Für Europäer ungeeignet

Als Europäer, der sich nicht mit amerikanischem Baseball auskennt, kann man dem Buch schlicht nicht folgen. Es wird über zahlreiche Spieler und ihren spielerischen Wert gesprochen. Zudem geht es um neue Methoden ein professionelles Baseballteam mit geringen finanziellen Mitteln zum Erfolg zu führen. Das Substrat geht aber so gut wie verloren. Ich habe nach dem 3. Kapitel abgebrochen.

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