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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. A. Dickey Narrator: Ben Hunter Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues.

An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport - and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray - and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers - and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap.

Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life-affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more - a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 2/15/2014

    " Great book! R.A. and I were at the University of Tennessee together and had one maybe two classes together. We both grew up in Middle Tennessee. I knew he went to MBA, and thus had a pre-conceived notion about his background. He shatters that notion to pieces in this book. I highly recommend this book, not just to Mets, or baseball, or sports fans, but to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book. I could feel R.A.'s passion and determination, it was inspiring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Conrey | 2/10/2014

    " As a fan of baseball and knuckleballers in particular I enjoyed this book. Dickey comes across as humble and honest about both good and bad in his past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garry | 2/4/2014

    " A truly outstanding memoir. A great baseball book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Supple | 1/23/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book! He is so open to the world to see from the inside out. What he endured throughout his life and to come out as successful as he is, is remarkable. Nowadays people so often feel sorry for themselves when bad things happen to them but here is a guy that just never gave up trying to make the world a better place for himself and his family. When he came to TO this year I wanted him to do well because its the Blue Jays now I want him to do well because he's R. A. Dickey! Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristjan | 1/16/2014

    " I don't say this often, but I loved this book. Judging by what he writes, R.A. Dickey is clearly doing pretty good in his "quest for ... authenticity". Extremely candid about his faith, his failures and his battle with his personal demons. The only quibble I have is that it would have been very nice to have an account of the 2012 season, where Dickey was awarded the Cy Young as the best pitcher in the National League. But then again, he whips over good stretches with comments like 'After 10 consecutive quality starts it was time to face the Phillies' (not an actual quote, but a paraphrase). I will certainly be following how he is doing at his new ballclub in 2013. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book . . . Dickey's tale is one of perseverance if nothing else. I found his story inspirational. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Giordano | 1/2/2014

    " Interesting and honest portrayal of his life not only with baseball. Goes quite a bit into his Christianity and its importance to him. This was something I didn't realize about him as he isn't as pushy about his beliefs as many in sports are these days. Too bad the Mets dumped him before I even got a chance to read the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Q | 1/1/2014

    " Tremendous story. R.A. is an inspiration. So glad he's knuckling for my Blue Jays this year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Damon Rogers | 12/15/2013

    " Admire his perseverance but could do with less baseball statistics. I admire his wife more as she deserves all the credit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bramer | 11/26/2013

    " One of the better sports autobiographies that I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikey24 | 11/8/2013

    " This is more than a typical baseball biography. This is a story about a man who battles several adversities stemming from his past that challenge him throughout his professional and personal life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 6/7/2013

    " Loved it. Makes me so excited that he is joining the Blue Jays! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/12/2013

    " The first third of the book was engrossing. Downhill from there. Still, interesting to learn more about baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Van Loo | 4/8/2013

    " I read this in one summer afternoon after hearing R.A. Dickey's interview on Fresh Air. Deeply moving story, inspiring stuff. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 3/10/2013

    " Really enjoyed this memoir from R.A. Dickey. Reading what he has experienced and persevered through to get to this point in his career was amazing. I am hoping he wins the Cy Young award this year - hard to not root for someone like this to do well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Edwards | 3/7/2013

    " I never watch baseball, but I learned a lot and (maybe) why some people do follow it. Dickey's human and vulnerability story are what make it worthwhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 1/3/2013

    " A good memoir from a guy who had to go to the knuckleball to keep pitching in the majors. I could feel the frustration he had as year after year he was sent back to the minors after working his tail off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 12/13/2012

    " Best book I have ever read!!! Such an amazing story!!! "

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