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From the celebrated star of the US Women's National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there.

In 2015, the US Women's National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in 16 years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick - three goals in one game - during the first 16 minutes.

But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. What Carli lacked were fitness, mental toughness, and character. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. No one worked harder than Carli. And no one believed in her more than James. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world.

This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take listeners inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.

©2016 Carli Lloyd (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Should've just read the book.

I enjoyed the story but the narrator was AWFUL. Literally sounded like Siri was reading it in semi monotone. Completely ruined it.

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Awful narration: great story

Carli wrote a very open story about her life: her flaws, her hard work, her triumphs on and off the field. We learn how hard Carli worked to become the best player in the world.

Unfortunately, the narrator has not put in the same effort. She reads with a strange rhythm, puts emphasis on parts of a sentence that have no need for it, and is extremely choppy.

Still, don’t let the narration keep you from the story. I’ve been a coach for 20 years, and I am inspired anew by Carli and her trainer. It is a fantastic story of inspiration, and if I ever have a daughter that grows up to be the kind of person Carli is, I would be a very proud father.

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Nice insight, unexpressive narrator

Love Carli Lloyd. Really interesting and honest portrayal of her mindset. Narrator has no character.

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Excellent

I don't know much about soccer, but after finishing this book, I want to learn all that I can. I love her commitment to hard work and dedication. Great story!

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This is not a book for audio

It sounded like it was read by Siri....so painful to listen to. The story itself is soul-less. It's a story about the her ascendancy while whining about how everyone is wrong and she has to overcome herself. She's a great player but there is nothing here I would recommend my daughter reading. It sounds like she's a bad teammate

I'm a fan of her but not this book. Abby Wambach's book is amazing

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Great book to listen at the Gym

This was a motivating story and inspiring to train and work at a goal.

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Learning life lessons here

The one thing I learned oddly is don’t hold a grudge if you want to get to your goal. In the youth team, the coach told her she was no good , then when someone else got hurt, they called her and she didn’t hold a grudge. Instead, she seized the opportunity.

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Amazing

Carli Lloyd has always been one of my favorite players. It was incredible to listen to her journey and to understand some of the team drama from her perspective.

I have to agree with other reviews that the narration isn’t great. But not so bad that I didn’t want to hear the story of an amazing young woman.

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Five Star Must Read

Carli Lloyd definitely will be remembered as one of the greatest with this masterpiece.

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The narrator is sleepy and boring.

Carli is awesome! This is her soccer story. It’s all soccer and not much else, but it feels real. I wish Carli would have read it herself. The narrator made it difficult to get through.