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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. Vivian Stringer Narrator: C. Vivian Stringer, Karen Chilton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9780739329122
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“Work hard, and don’t look for excuses,” C. Vivian Stringer’s parents told her, “and you can achieve anything.” But her faith and perseverance would be tested many times. A gifted athlete, she had to fight for a place on an all-white cheerleading squad in the 1960s. In 1981, just as her coaching career was taking off, her fourteen-month-old daughter, Nina, was stricken with spinal meningitis. Nina would never walk or talk again. Still grieving, Stringer brought a small, poor, historically black college to the national championships—a triumph hailed as “Hoosiers with an all-female cast.” In 1991, her husband, Bill, fell dead of a sudden heart attack, but that same year, she led yet another young team to the Final Four. Through these dark times and others, Stringer has carried her burdens with grace. Given her history, it was no surprise that she led her team to respond to Don Imus’ slurs with dignity and courage.

Standing Tall is a story of quiet strength in the face of punishing odds. Above all, it is an extraordinary love story—love for the game, for the players she has coached, for her close-knit family, and for the husband she lost far too soon. It will resonate long after the last word.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valarie | 2/16/2014

    " When I started this book, I thought Vivian Stringer deserved a much better ghostwriter...then I couldn't put the book down. The actual writing still leaves a lot to be desired, but Stringer's story is so fascinating, it matters a bit less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharice Richards | 2/9/2014

    " Got up to chap 9 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 2/6/2014

    " Not the best writing style, but a very inspirational book. She speaks highly of Iowans. :-) Makes me want to watch more Rutgers Women's basketball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CKE387 | 1/28/2014

    " Stringer's story is heartfelt and endearing. So much to her than basketball, learn about her outside of sports. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/10/2014

    " Talk about someone who's been through adversity. An inspiring story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Perry | 1/8/2014

    " For the first half of this book, i tho't it was too schmaltzy, in fact i put it down for a couple of months. I picked it up last week and she was just "going to Rutgers" as coach. The rest of the book seemed to me to be so much better than the first half. It moved along better, it was more interesting to me and captured me. Last night i was reading about the 2006-7 season and i couldn't put the book down - maybe it was knowing what was coming at the end of the season. I also cried thru the whole ''season." Her style now seemed appropriate - maybe i just decided that's who she is - and the story is, of course, compelling - the change in the team thru the season, the spontaneous coming together of previous players to motivate the team, their victories, and, of course, Imus' idiot statements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/8/2014

    " I was anticipating this book for so long, I bought the hardcover the day it was released. I was glad I did. Leading her Rutgers Team through the Imus saga was a small portion of her lifelong battles.Vivian Stringer is an incredible woman with a great story. Another one to stay in my library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/20/2013

    " This book was amazing I highly recommend it. I wish I had some "do over" times in my life... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 10/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading about Stringer's life and her coaching philosophy. I was excited to hear that there are still coaches out there who take the job seriously and not only teach their young people about the game but also about life. "

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

    " Got up to chap 9 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/10/2013

    " I found this woman to be an inspiration to all women! We could all learn from this strong woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi Dwyer | 3/15/2013

    " C. Vivian Stringer is a phenomenal woman who is also one the best coaches. She has and is an incredible roll model who has endured many hardships in her personal and professional life, yet she has stood tall. This was a fast read too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tjmicey | 2/27/2013

    " It motivates me alot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 1/25/2013

    " This book is excellent! I've been unable to put it down since I picked it up. Well written and incredibly "real". I played high school basketball so some of the "coaching" stories really hit home. Remarkable, uplifting story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/13/2013

    " Good insight into how Coach Stringer is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamm | 1/2/2013

    " Tragedy can equal triumph. It is a matter of one's character strength, beliefs, and faith that allows you to see the good in the most trying and difficult times. She is very open and real when sharing her feelings, set-backs, and failures...even her thoughts. Enjoyable, Easy Read so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle B. | 3/3/2012

    " I listened to it on tape. It was very powerful and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanell | 2/21/2012

    " I am still reading this one but so far it is really good. I got it because I am trying to learn some new things about basketball but it is more about lessons you learn about life through sports and hard work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/22/2012

    " I liked this biography-at some points she describes each play a bit much but I overall really really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Little | 12/30/2011

    " Great book. Inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmi | 10/16/2011

    " Coach is the best! We love her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jo | 10/16/2011

    " I wish I could give this book 3 1/2 stars. Coach Stringer's story is amazing. What an inspiration! The writing quality did not stand out at all. It was fine, but no great shakes. I look forward to following the Scarlet Knights and celebrating with Coach when she does get the championship! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/9/2011

    " This book is an awesome read about an amazing woman. coach, mentor, and inspiration. I have met this Rutgers Women's Basketball Coach, and was thrilled to read the book. Couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Mercado | 7/8/2011

    " Being from Iowa, I have loved Vivian for many years. I thought I knew much of her story, but obviously I didn't. She has now become a hero to me. Amazing woman whose story is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Kay (Bunte) Stanlick | 5/25/2011

    " Very inspirational! Given to me by my Dad which makes it even better. Love you Dad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 2/20/2011

    " Talk about someone who's been through adversity. An inspiring story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2011

    " Rutgers Women's Basketball Coach Memoir
    "

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About the Author

C. Vivian Stringer is the head coach of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. A member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, she has been named National Coach of the Year three times by her peers. She was also the assistant coach for the gold medal–winning 2004 US Olympic team. She currently lives in New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks and won an Audiofile Earphones Award.