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Author: Gregory Zuckerman Narrator: JD Jackson Publisher: Tantor Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781541484689
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Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in sixth grade. He went on to become a national treasure after single-handedly keeping America competitive in the 2014 World Cup. Stephen Curry was told he was too small, too weak, and too slow to even receive a scholarship to play college basketball. He outworked everyone and went on to become MVP of the National Basketball Association. Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, yet he refused to be defined by what he lacked. He went on to pitch a no-hitter in the Major Leagues.

Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, this collection of sports biographies will serve as a must-listen source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages. Download and start listening now!

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  • An easy pitch for middle school sports lovers. School Library Journal
  • “Packs a powerful message perseverance and passion pay off. Even non-sports fans will cheer for superstars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry.”

    Scholastic Teacher (A Summer Reading List Selection)

  • “An easy pitch for middle school sports lovers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The underdog stories reveal that dedication and perseverance pay off, as well as that sports can serve as needed outlets and refuges.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Though the people chronicled are all athletes, their stories have morals that are easily transferred to life off the court or the field. The highly relevant message is that no situation is too dire or insurmountable with the right attitude and that young people shouldn’t allow setbacks to define them.”

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About the Author

Gregory Zuckerman is the author of The Greatest Trade Ever and The Frackers, among other books, and is a special writer at the Wall Street Journal. He writes about big financial trades, hedge funds, private-equity firms, and other investing and business topics. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business, and other networks,and he makes appearances on radio stations around the globe.

About the Narrator

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.