Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Author||R. A. Dickey, Wayne Coffey|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 10, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #119,193 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#129 in Baseball & Softball
#540 in Baseball Biographies (Books)
#543 in Sports Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
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But this book isn't intended to flaunt his eloquence or his reading list, he's not interested in showing the reader how smart he is. This is the most mature, soul-baring autobiography/memoir by an athlete I've ever read, perhaps one of the most open and honest by any writer, athlete or not. Dickey allows himself to open up about situations in which he was pained and vulnerable, admits horrible mistakes, questions his own judgment, and demonstrates that he fully understands how imperfect he is and how he works every day to improve himself in every aspect of his life. Being that he makes a living at something more characterized by braggadocio, privilege and an enormously inflated sense of self-importance, his perspective and self-awareness are beyond refreshing, they're uplifting. He is a deeply religious man, but he has been humbled too many times to be at all self-righteous. I'm not giving the book 5 stars because it's the greatest book ever written, not saying he's Dostoyevsky or something, but for its particular niche, it's amazing.
Heck, I'd even recommend this book to Yankees and Phillies fans. The ones who can read, that is :-)
'Wherever I Wind Up' is an unbelievably frank tale of the human experience, one that anyone familiar with any/all of the demons R.A. Dickey encountered would find both cathartic and motivational. Amazingly and simultaneously, it stands on equal footing as a wonderful glimpse into a journeyman's trials and tribulations toward the game's sacred cow pitch and accompanying fraternity.
This duality is not surprising. I found this book arguably the best written of its autobiographical, sports kind in years, a precise and poignant account of a life journey simply impossible to put down. I'm not sure where Dickey ends and Coffey begins...or vice-versa...but clearly this marriage works. Other reviewers criticized the book for its brevity; I instead found its Hemingway-esque ability to capture thousands of potential pages within approximately 350 yeoman's work.
For the feint of heart, be warned: Dickey doesn't mince words. He presents every foible of his life like an open wound, shamed by his successes, self-critical of his failures. He captures the mental anguish and outcomes of abuse in the brutal frankness for which they reside, detailing how even an exceptional athlete cannot escape their personal and professional consequences.
Moreover, Dickey's compass is his religion; non-Christians (commented in other reviews) may find his commitment path too rigid and/or expressed. Still - and akin to Orel Hershiser's book Out of the Blue. , one man's Christianity can be another's rock-solid foundation of another religious or ideological-based kind.
When Dickey delves into baseball, he does so wonderfully. His descriptions of the minor league experience, fraternity of knucklers, glimpses into personalities he played with...are all beautiful candelabras of baseball light. Again, he and Coffey capture the game to perfection.
In closing, I finished 'Wherever I Wind Up' amazed at the elite pitcher this tortured and reborn person has become. Dickey;s perseverance is borderline incredulous, his willingness to share his story brave and then some. For fans of baseball fighting abuse demons, I would arguably (and delicately) consider this book prescriptive.
As to the negative reviews, most of these center on Dickey's alleged 'preachiness'. Which doesn't really exist. Yes, Dickey is a Christian and, yes, he talks about the importance of this to his life and his story but at no point does he get up on a soap box. Negative reviewers have also accused Dickey of false humility but his humility looks very real to me. Finally, one reviewer griped about Dickey not using quotation marks around dialogue. This is a widespread practice these days, though more often seen in fiction than non-fiction, and, quite frankly, I don't miss the little curlicues in either setting. It's easy enough to tell when someone's talking.
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Er zeigt, was für Auswirkungen sexueller Missbrauch in der Kindheit haben kann (Selbstzweifel, Scham, etc. das ihn das ganze Leben begleitet) und wie er versucht mit dem Vergangenen umzugehen.
Einen Stern Abzug erhielt dieses Buch auf Grund der massiven "Werbung" für seine Religion. Natürlich spielt sie in seinem Leben eine große Rolle und muss dementsprechend auch in der Autobiographie vorkommen, aber es sollte nicht in eine Christentumpropaganda abschweifen