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Coach Wooden and Me Audiobook

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship on and off the Court

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Publisher's Summary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

In 1965, 18-year old Lew Alcindor played basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a 50-year long relationship. On the court they broke basketball records. Off the court they transcended their athletic achievements to gain even wider recognition and tremendous national respect.

Part memoir and part inspirational story, Abdul-Jabbar reveals the lessons Coach Wooden taught him through the "Pyramid of Success" and discusses how they in turn shaped his life. Through beautiful storytelling, Coach Wooden and Me takes you back to the basics of what a coach should be.

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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    Gary 05-21-17
    Gary 05-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "BRAVO, Big Fella!!!"

    Awesome inside view of both Kareem an Coach that we have never seen before. So simple, so human, so honest about an amazing friendship! I cannot wait until I can share this with others!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BG California, USA 06-22-17
    BG California, USA 06-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I was deeply touched by Karim's story"
    What did you love best about Coach Wooden and Me?

    I was moved by Karim's heartfelt story of his own evolution as a human being as well as the loving and respectful relationship that he developed with the coach over a 50 year period. The book answered a question I always had about the relationship between the Coach and Karim. Being a Bruin and an avid UCLA basketball fan, I have read a lot about UCLA Basketball starting from David Halberstam's masterpiece Breaks of the Game and most recently Bill Walton's autobiography, Coming From Dead. Bil Walton being very vocal and expressive we all know that the close relationship Bill had with the Coach. But there was never much information about the relationship, if any, existed between Karim and The Coach, post-UCLA. This book clarifies that question. They had developed in later years a deep and loving and caring relationship. It was great to know that.


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    Amazon Customer 07-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the insight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is for more than those who love basketball. It is also a good commentary on how friendship can thrive despite different backgrounds. I enjoyed the insight from Coach Wooden's life and approach to life/basketball.


    What about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed listening to this as it was read by the author. I feel that helps breath life into any story.


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    RANDY M. LUCAS 07-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful book on the meaning of true friendship!"

    Highly recommended for sports fan and non-sports fans. Truly enjoyed the narration by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...it made the listen that much more special.👏👏👏

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    Chief Goins 07-10-17
    Chief Goins 07-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sky Hook - Nothing But Net"

    Really and truly enjoyed this book written with Love and performed like only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could have performed this art.

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    LBrewer usa 07-02-17
    LBrewer usa 07-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "INTEGRITY"

    And then some. Want to be a better person from learning about that better person? This is that book.
    Thanks Kareem for keeping the good stuff in life going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie38 06-21-17
    Eddie38 06-21-17

    Eddie is an avid listener of all sorts of audio books. He is a voracious reader AND listener. Not just best sellers, he likes to experiment.

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    "Terrific!"

    Kareem's heartfelt memoir chronicling the influence and friendship of Coach Wooden is a wonderful tribute to the man. His narration also gives the listener a great appreciation for Kareem as well. A good man influenced by an equally good man. Lives well lived with triumphs and tragedies. A wonderful listen!

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    finz 06-16-17
    finz 06-16-17
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    "The political commentary weakened the story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This should’ve been a really enjoyable book about the evolving friendship of one of the best basketball coaches and players of all time. In most cases it was. However, the unnecessary inclusion of partisan political rhetoric nearly spoiled the whole thing. It only hurt the overall narrative to hear about the evils of conservative commentators, the praise of President Obama, and the repeated references to both being liberal democrats…not what I bought the book for.


    Would you recommend Coach Wooden and Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, the friendship story is a good one that I didn't know. But, I personally wouldn't have bought the book had I understood the full content


    Did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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    Could you see Coach Wooden and Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    Sloth Bear Brookside, New Jersey United States 06-02-17
    Sloth Bear Brookside, New Jersey United States 06-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected!"

    I thought I was going to get an undiluted paean to Coach Wooden. What I got was a deeper understanding of two great men with balanced portraits of their flaws and weaknesses as well as their great qualities and achievements. I loved this book. It made me think. It deepened my understanding of so many things.

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    "Fantastic book of an amazing relationship"

    I have followed both careers for almost 40 years and this an incredible summation of their relationship. hearing the stories through Kareem's voice made it sound like you were there. Iwish more authors could/would do it. Thank you for sharing your memories.

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    "OUTSTANDING!"

    Loved it! Just finished listening to the audio version. A must-read/listen for all. It added value to my life! Meaningful, admirable, insightful, made me laugh and cry, very powerful message about faith, love, grief, religion..😍

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