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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lenny Dykstra Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780062472410
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A wild and entertaining sports memoir of legendary center-fielder Lenny Dykstra, offering a no-holds-barred account of his life, a Shakespearian tale of highs and lows spanning his years with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies and his post-baseball career.

Nicknamed “Nails” for his toughness and grit, Lenny Dykstra approached the game of baseball (and his after-hours activities) with mythic intensity. In his decade in the majors (1985–1996), he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era: winning the championship with the iconic 1986 New York Mets, and playing a starring role in the 1993 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies, a fall classic that inspired Roger Angell to write, “This series will linger in mind not just for its immoderate events but for its panoply of featured players and character actors…a double touring company seemingly assembled by Hogarth or Fellini.”

Known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified as the prototypical “Moneyball” player by his former minor league roommate Billy Beane. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug fueled, Nails also defined ’80s and early ’90s baseball’s culture of excess.

Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure. He threw his energies into several lucrative businesses, was touted as an investment guru by Jim Cramer, and launched a magazine for professional athletes. The New Yorker ran a 5,000-word profile under the headline: “Baseball’s most improbable post-career success story.” But when the real estate bubble burst, Lenny lost everything, eventually serving two and a half years in prison for bankruptcy fraud. Now, he’s ready to tell all.

An epic tale of winning big and losing it all, House of Nails is the eagerly anticipated firsthand account of a most remarkable American life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports biographies I’ve ever read.”

    Stephen King

  • “As far as sports autobiographies go, what can I say? Nails nailed it!”

    Jack Nicholson

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul Diherty | 7/25/2016

    " A time of my life that I will never get back. Always liked Dykstra as a player but I don't Like him anymore.. He comes across as a an egocentric, narcissist who cared little about anyone but himself. Obviously he is feining some sort of regret in the disclosure but weirdly he seems very proud of his behavior. The chronicles of his antics of bravado are vague and incomplete. I was expecting the "naming of names" and some real inside intelligence but was dissappointed. If you have watched him on ESPN describing the book you will learn that this was all that was needed. "

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About the Author

Lenny Dykstra played center field for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies from 1985 to 1996. A three-time All-Star and World Series champion, Dykstra has also been active in a number of business ventures. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.