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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (567 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hope Solo Narrator: Christina Delaine Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9780062269065
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"My family doesn't do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise."

Hope Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the U.S. women's soccer team. Her outsized talent has led her to the pinnacle of her sport—the Olympics and the World Cup—and made her into an international celebrity who is just as likely to appear on ABC's Dancing with the Stars as she is on the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, and Vogue. But her journey—which began in Richland, Washington, where she was raised by her strong-willed mother on the scorched earth of defunct nuclear testing sites—is similarly haunted by the fallout of her family history. Her father, a philanderer and con man, was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was an infant. She lost touch with him as he drifted out of prison and into homelessness. By the time they reunited, years later, in the parking lot of a grocery store, she was an All-American goalkeeper at the University of Washington and already a budding prospect for the U.S. national team. He was living in the woods.

Despite harboring serious doubts even about the provenance of her father's last name (and her own), Solo embraces him as fiercely as she pursues her dreams of being a world-class soccer player. When those dreams are threatened by her standing within the national team, as when she was famously benched in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup after four shutouts and spoke her piece publicly, we see a woman of uncompromising independence and hard-won perseverance navigate the petty backlash against her. For the first time, she tells her version of that controversial episode, and offers with it a full understanding of her hard-scrabble life.

Moving, sometimes shocking, Solo is a portrait of an athlete finding redemption. This is the Hope Solo whom few have ever glimpsed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Featured twice on the cover of Sports Illustrated and a TV regular, Solo may have made her name as the independent-minded goalkeeper for the US women’s national soccer team, but she’s much more.”

    Library Journal

  • “[An] unflinching account…through heartache, setbacks, and career-threatening injuries, Solo demonstrates not only a fierce determination to overcome, but also the grace of a true champion…A readable, inspiring memoir about staying true to dreams and principles in a world that too often forces personal compromise.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystal | 2/9/2014

    " I love reading biographies (memoirs) of famous people, especially athletes. Hope Solo's story is fascinating and I enjoyed reading it very much. I could never recommend it, though, because of all the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/4/2014

    " brilliant, that is all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/31/2014

    " I really liked it. She is blunt, and if you like women's soccer you will appreciate some of the behind the scenes stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book. Hope tells her story with honesty and sheds light on what happens behind the scenes in professional sports. She tells her story starting in childhood and ending after her season of dancing with the stars. This one of the best memoirs I have read and will defiantly be re-reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Trio | 1/15/2014

    " It really shows the true sense of why she acts out the way she does sometimes as shown in the media. But just like everything else, you cannot judge a book by its cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 1/15/2014

    " I have been interested in women's soccer for a long time and intrigued by this goalkeep. While there is a little whining involved at least I got one side of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisela | 12/25/2013

    " I don't like to chose athletes as role models however, Hope is definitely that. She is a wonderful example of what hard work and dedication can bring. As well as an example of overcoming hardships. I will definitely have my girls read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/6/2013

    " wonderfully written book that openly shares the struggles (and positives) Hope went through to get the top and become the best goalkeeper. Also shares an amazing insight of what its like to be in the game verses being a fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/27/2013

    " While not a bad story for fans of women's soccer, it was a very easy read. However, I'm really interested in reading other player's memoirs who were involved with the 2007 "incident." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 10/14/2013

    " I was ambivalent about reading this because I care more about the sport of soccer than about the gossip and politics off the pitch. I appreciate Hope's honesty, and this was certainly a pageturner. However, there's always more than one side to every story, and this is only Hope Solo's version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/8/2013

    " One of my favorite books of the year. Refreshingly honest, Solo captured the intense/difficult/rewarding aspect of playing team sports at a very high level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti Guzman-hess | 9/23/2013

    " I like to read about people and thanks to my son I am now reading about soccer players, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Martell | 9/1/2013

    " wow...great story so far, not done yet. I see parallels from my childhood with Hope's childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanell | 7/12/2013

    " Really good read. Uses the "F" word more than necessary but other than that a good read. I would have liked to have learned more about her preparation leading up to the 2012 games but what do you do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Creech | 6/12/2013

    " I literally read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. It's eyeopening about the previous World Cup and her struggles in her early years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhodag | 5/24/2013

    " Really good book if you are interested in women's sports especially women's soccer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mahlor | 4/2/2013

    " She seems insufferable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla | 3/29/2013

    " Really great way to see the world from the Point of view of the best goal keeper in the world. On the field it seems as though everything is peachy but the amount of trials and road blocks this woman had to jump over is inspiring. "

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About the Author

Hope Solo, one of the most charismatic athletes in America, is widely regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, she has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2000 and has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. A prominent spokeswoman for Gatorade and Nike, she starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Ann Killion is a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle. She has covered the past ten Olympics and the last three Women's World Cups for SportsIllustrated.com and the San Jose Mercury News.

About the Narrator

Christina Delaine is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished stage actress. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre. She holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.