Becoming Kareem

by | Read by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Published by Hachette Audio

The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life was packed with “coaches” who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar’s life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiriting journey. Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court. PDF of photos not available with the SYNC audio. Please check your local library for access.

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Becoming Kareem

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar narrates his deeply engaging memoir, which includes the events that shaped his life from early childhood to the beginning of his fame on the basketball court. Though he's not a professional narrator, his distinctive voice adds immense value to the listening experience. Abdul-Jabbar's level, low-key delivery creates the sense that he's chatting about his life in a companionable way, and chapters often end with suspenseful observations that prompt continued listening. Pivotal moments of astonished happiness (as when Wilt Chamberlain himself admires his long legs) and piercing discomfort (as when a best friend betrays him in middle school) are all the more striking for being delivered with restrained intensity. This audiobook creates a portrait of an impressive life lived against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine


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