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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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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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becoming Kareem

this book is a good book to read about Kareem abdul jabbar , him being a catholic , having an islamic family by changing his name to kareem abdul jabbar , the part that made me sacred about the book was if people don't believe in jesus Christ they go to hell when they die . and I prayed to jesus that if its true that I will go to hell for not believing in him . I would recommend this book to if you want to learn about kareem's life

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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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Good book

Good book lots of insights on his life can't wait to read his next book.