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  1. 4.7 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation’s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup Championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies. In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, losses, and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach’s book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling universal questions about how we can live our best lives, and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.

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    Forward, Young Readers’ Edition by Abby Wambach

    Forward, Young Readers’ Edition

    4.7 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.1 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    With over 110 million viewers every year, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events in the United States. The final showdown between the two best football teams in the NFL attracts some of the biggest musicians to perform at the half-time show. But the Super Bowl is more than just a spectacle – it’s a high-stakes game to win the championship and claim a place in history. Go back in time and relive all the magic from years past – from excruciating fumbles to game winning plays.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    What Is the Super Bowl?

    1.1 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 1.0 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. won the world heavyweight championship at the age of twenty-two, the same year he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He would go on to become the first and only three-time (in succession) World Heavyweight Champion. Nicknamed “The Greatest,” Ali was as well known for his unique boxing style, consisting of the Ali Shuffle and the rope-a-dope, as he was for the catchphrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” He was an uncompromising athlete who brought beauty and grace to a very rough sport and became one of the world’s most famous cultural icons.

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  4. 1.0 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    When Derek Jeter was eight years old, he announced that he was going to play baseball for the New York Yankees. Jeter earned the attention of major league scouts in high school and was drafted to the New York Yankees in 1992. Named Rookie of the Year, he helped the Yankees win the World Series five times, and became team captain in 2003. With his good looks, easygoing personality, and sense of humor, Derek has always been a fan favorite. Retiring from baseball in 2014, Derek Jeter leaves behind a legacy.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    Who Is Derek Jeter?

    1.0 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 1.0 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Growing up the youngest of seven children in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente had a talent for baseball. His incredible skill soon got him drafted into the big leagues where he spent 18 seasons playing right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Who Was Roberto Clemente? tells the story of this remarkable athlete: a twelve-time All-Star, World Series MVP, and the first Latin American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    Who Was Roberto Clemente?

    1.0 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.1 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    After breaking or tying more than sixty records in hockey, it’s no wonder that Wayne Gretzky is known as “The Great One.” Born in Brantford, Ontario, on January 26, 1961, in a nation obsessed with the sport, he threw himself into the game practically from the time he first laced up a pair of skates. When he retired from the NHL in 1999, he had led several teams to Stanley Cup victories, competed in the Olympics, and changed the way hockey was played forever. Known for his love for family and as a truly decent human being, Wayne Gretzky is revealed as more than a sports legend in this biography.

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  7. 1.0 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.6 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This entry in a brand new line of sports biographies from Matt Christopher takes readers onto the field with a beloved quarterback. Drew Brees grew up in a family of athletes, and overcame injuries and setbacks to become one of today’s best quarterbacks. This comprehensive biography shows how Drew Brees went from being a flag football player to Super Bowl MVP and modern legend, and is sure to appeal to legions of football fans.

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  9. 2.9 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This entry in a brand new line of sports biographies from Matt Christopher takes readers onto the court with an all-star who reaches for new heights. Blake Griffin is known for being a #1 draft pick, Rookie of the Year, Slam Dunk Contest winner, and one of the best power forwards playing today. But he had to fight to make it onto the NBA court at all after sitting out his first pro season with a devastating knee injury. Learn more about the perennial All-Star in this comprehensive biography.

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    2.2 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This entry in a brand-new line of sports biographies from Matt Christopher takes listeners onto the plate with a baseball legend. Babe Ruth was baseball’s first true power hitter, a strong pitcher, and smart outfielder who made some amazing game-saving catches. His love of the sport came through in his playfulness on the field and drive to win, but Babe had to overcome a lot of obstacles in order to become the greatest. This comprehensive biography tells the story behind the legend.

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    Great Americans in Sports: Babe Ruth

    2.2 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 3.5 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This entry in a brand-new line of sports biographies from Matt Christopher takes listeners onto the field with a soccer legend. Mia Hamm’s speed, aggressive play, and ability to “read the field” helped her become the best women’s soccer player in the world. Her stellar performance as a college, World Cup, and Olympic champion made her a sports hero, and her story will inspire a new generation of young athletes. This comprehensive biography gives listeners an up-close look at one of America’s greatest soccer stars.

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    5.0 hrs • 12/9/2014 • Unabridged

    In this heartwarming and candid memoir, Tim Howard does something he would never do on a soccer field: he drops his guard. As fiercely protective about his privacy as he is guarding the goal for the US national team and for Everton in the English Premier League, Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette’s syndrome defied the odds to become one of the world’s premier goalkeepers. Howard managed to keep his condition in check well enough to be drafted by Major League Soccer right out of high school. After a successful fifteen-year professional soccer career, Howard became an overnight star at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His heroic performance in goal for the United States against Belgium, in which he saved an astonishing sixteen shots—the most for any goalkeeper in a World Cup game—made him a household name as well as a trending Internet meme. In the course of 120 minutes, Howard went from a player known mainly by soccer aficionados to an American icon, revered by millions for his dependability, daring, and humility. In this uplifting memoir now adapted for young readers, Howard shares his remarkable journey from a challenging childhood in which he was raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of sports and a devout Christian faith that helped him deal with the onset of Tourette’s in fifth grade.

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    The Keeper, Young Readers’ Edition

    By Tim Howard, with Ali Benjamin
    5.0 hrs • 12/9/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.1 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    In the 1930s, most girls were happy playing with dolls. But one girl, Betty Skelton, liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside, and even flying airplanes herself. She lived for an adventure—in the air, the water, and on land—and nothing could stop her, especially not being a girl. When Betty Skelton was young, there weren’t many women flying airplanes or racing cars, but she wouldn’t let that stop her. She was always ready to take on a challenge, and she loved to have fun. Betty rode motorcycles, raced cars, jumped out of planes, and flew jets, helicopters, gliders, and blimps. And by the time she was an adult, Betty was known in the press as the “First Lady of Firsts.” This audiobiography reveals the exciting life of a brave pioneer who followed her dreams and showed the world that women can do anything!

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    Daredevil

    0.1 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.4 hrs • 9/2/2014 • Unabridged

    The memoir from the greatest relief pitcher of all time While he is listed along with Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, and DiMaggio as a top-five Yankee of all time, Rivera is also a man of God and family whose contributions to charity and community ensure a meaningful life long after his time as the Closer is over. He is the man who has intimidated thousands of batters by merely opening a bullpen door. Now he will tell his story for the first time: the championships, the bosses (including the Boss), the rivalries, and the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United States and of maintaining Christian values in professional athletics. The twelve-time all-star will discuss what it’s like to run up to that mound with the game—or the season—squarely on his shoulders.

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    The Closer 

    By Mariano Rivera, with Wayne Coffey and Sue Corbett
    Read by Jon Curry
    6.4 hrs • 9/2/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.1 hrs • 6/17/2014 • Unabridged

    On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America, their fight came to represent America’s war with Germany. This elegant and powerful biography centers around the historic fight in which black and white America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation’s ideals.

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    A Nation’s Hope

    0.1 hrs • 6/17/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.2 hrs • 6/25/2013 • Unabridged

    “This game means a lot to me, and by the grace of God, I'll never lose sight of the privilege it is to play it.”—Kirk Cousins Game Changer is a dispatch from a real Christian life—with all its victories and defeats—lived under the bright lights of high-stakes football. Here’s a chance to sit down with Kirk Cousins, record-setting former Michigan State quarterback and draft pick of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Get an inside look at high-stakes football and the experiences that helped Cousins put his values and faith into action, both on and off the field.

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    Game Changer

    4.2 hrs • 6/25/13 • Unabridged
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