Becoming Kareem

Growing Up on and off the Court
Narrated by: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first memoir for young listeners 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 listeners, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Highly recommend !!!

I loved Kareem's, audible book so much I sent a hard copy of his book to my Grandson a few months ago. My Grandson loved it too. I hope some day my Grandson will be able to have his hard copy autographed by Kareem some day soon.

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legend in the making

i definitely enjoyed listening to this book. the short chapters made it easy to follow his stories without any fluff. it was really nice to hear about his early life growing up in new york, his personal experiences and thoughts on racial issues. the only thing that could have made it better would have been if he had gotten more into his professional basketball career in the NBA. as a basketball fan, it piqued my interest and was not disappointed with this purchase. this is a good book for young adults, older readers, and just anyone looking for a good autobiography.

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Concise and great

Being a Bucks fan by virtue of my birthplace, I never knew much about our team's first superstar or why he left Milwaukee after helping us climb the mountain top so I sought out this book. I knew a little about KAJ's activism, having read biographies regarding Malcolm X, Jim Brown, & Muhammad Ali before this but in light of recent events, I wanted to know more about that era as well. I wasn't disappointed in either desire. Further, being a quiet, awkward large man myself, I could completely relate to Kareem's early years as he sought to find himself and fit in. His journey from that quiet, tall, young man to a confident superstar is really what this book is about. Broken into short chapters as his journey progressed, it's a really great read. You get to see his life through historical events off the court as well, shaping him as his basketball skills were honed over the same time. I really loved the book and appreciate the brief time he was a member of our franchise. His accomplishments both on and off the court are amazing. Any kids struggling to learn their place in the confusing world should love and read this book.

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Highly Recommend

The book gives a great insight into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life! I highly, highly recommend it!

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awesome book

I finally got a chance to read this book and it's one of my best decisions. I already recommend it to all my reader friends. The book is both educational and informative. Very well written and for audio I like the fact it's Kareem `s voice. I shall come back for more KAJ`s books.

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love Kareem, narration could be more lively.

love Kareem, but narration sometimes flat, not enough variation in emotion. when his voice shows enthusiasm, rage, or love, he's fabulous.

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enlightening book

If you are interested in basketball and how to find yourself, this is an excellent book. This is my third book from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Kareem the Great

This is a great read. I was very thankful Kareem read the book. He had a passion for it. I’d recommend this books to anyone because it has genuine trials & triumphs .

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Fantastic

This is a wonderful book written by a thoughtful man. Kareem is much more than just an athlete. He is a scholar and intellectual inspiration.

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The best bio book I’ve ever read!

A must read for anyone looking for a true idol and role model in their life. I truly appreciate the honesty and sincerely of the author in narrating his life’s wins, losses and wisdom. Great read!

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  • 04-30-20

It was an amazing story and all you viewers should go read it!!!!!

I like Kareem and the book and I want you guys to read this amazing book. It teaches you everything about him and what he went through to succeed.

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  • 08-15-19

Kareem, the man, the gentleman

Really enjoyed this, dabbled in a lot of different episodes in his life and mainly focused on his youth and journey building up to his NBA career. My admiration for Kareem as a person only increased after reading this book. A very wholesome and enjoyable read.