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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. 3.8 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    “We all have scars only we can own.” When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes. Amazingly, he survived—with a face that would never be the same. Strangers stared at him. Kids called him names, and adults could be cruel, too. Everybody seemed to agree that he was “ugly.” But Robert refused to let his face define him. He played pranks, got into trouble, had adventures with his big family, and finally found a sport that was perfect for him to play. Then Robert came face to face with the biggest decision of his life. This life, this funny, moving, and true story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face is perfect for fans of Wonder and shows how what makes us “ugly” also makes us who we are.

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    Ugly

    3.8 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.9 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens’s family suffered many hardships. As a boy he worked several jobs like delivering groceries and working in a shoe repair shop to make ends meet. But Owens defied the odds to become a sensational student athlete, eventually running track for Ohio State. He was chosen to compete in the Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany where Adolf Hitler was promoting the idea of “Aryan superiority.” Owens’s winning streak at the games humiliated Hitler and crushed the myth of racial supremacy once and for all.

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    Who Was Jesse Owens?

    0.9 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 1.0 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 0.5 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    Negro league baseball players didn’t always get the respect that major leaguers received. And yet many—including Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Roy Campanella—quickly became standouts in the major leagues after 1947. Others didn’t get to prove their mettle in the majors at all—or not until long past their prime. Leroy “Satchel” Paige mixed his blazing fastball with twenty-nine other devastating pitches to win forty-two games and strike out 402 batters in 1936. Credited with 175 stolen bases in one year, speedster James “Cool Papa” Bell delighted fans by scoring from first base on a bunt. And powered by steroid-free meals, Josh Gibson hit seventy-five home runs in 1931—with one blast sailing 580 feet and another shattering a seat in Yankee Stadium. New York Times bestselling author Carole Boston Weatherford compiles an enthralling summary of Negro league history that includes fascinating tidbits about prominent pitchers, hitters, utility players, teams, and traditions.

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    A Negro League Scrapbook

    0.5 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.1 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    A team of scientists works to expose athletes who use banned drugs to win Olympic medals. Here is the true, inside story of the UCLA Olympic Laboratory—the drug-detection team that tests athletes for banned performance-enhancing drugs. The scientists worked long nights to detect a new, never-before-tested performance-enhancing drug called NESP (novel erythropoietic stimulating protein) during the 19th Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The group’s work exposed three NESP users among the winning cross-country skiers. The drug users were stripped of their medals, which were then given to the rightful winners.

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    The Night Olympic Team

    1.1 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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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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  15. 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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  16. 8.3 hrs • 3/5/2015 • Unabridged

    Gee Whiz is a striking horse, and only part of that is because of his size. He is tall, but also graceful, and his strides big but precise. At the same time, he keeps his eye on things, not as if he’s suspicious, but as if he’s curious. When Abby is confronted with an onslaught of reminders of just how little of the world she has seen, she finds herself connecting with Gee Whiz’s calm and curious nature, and his desire to know more. Her brother receives a draft notice to Vietnam, her friends return for the holidays with stories from their boarding school in Southern California, and the wise, lovable Brother Abner opens her eyes with tales of his many years spent traveling. At the same time, her beloved Jack and True Blue are both faced with opportunites to broaden their horizons away from the ranch. Will she let them go, with hopes that she might one day do the same?

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