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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Unstoppable, the fiercely honest, fearless, darkly funny autobiography of global tennis star Maria Sharapova.

In the middle of the night, a father and his daughter step off a Greyhound bus in Florida and head straight to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. They ring the bell, though no-one is expecting them and they don't speak English. They have arrived from Russia with just 700 dollars and the conviction that this six-year-old girl will be the world's next great tennis star. They are right.

This is Maria Sharapova's gripping and fearless autobiography, telling her story from her roots in the small Siberian town her parents fled to after the Chernobyl disaster, through her arrival in the US with nothing and her phenomenal rise to success - winning Wimbledon aged just 17 - to the disasters that threatened her career and her fight back.

Here the five-time Grand Slam winner gives us candid insights into her relationship with her father, who gave up his job and life in Russia to dedicate himself to his daughter; the truth behind her famous rivalry with Serena Williams; the injuries and suspension controversy that threatened to end it all; and her recent battle to get back on court.

Told with the same combative, no-holds-barred attitude as her game, it's a story of crazy luck, mistakes, rivalries, sacrifice, survival and, above all, the constant, unwavering determination to win.

©2017 Maria Sharapova (P)2017 Penguin

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I’m not a tennis fan, but I couldn’t put it down.

Enjoyed every minute of this book. It kept me up past bedtime. Even had me reaching for my phone, when my hands should have been on the steering wheel. And I wish she’d write some more. If you enjoyed Ronda Rousey’s book you’ll probably enjoy this too.

Some of my favourite parts:

“No one can be great everyday. Can you get it done on the ugly days when you feel like garbage and the tank is empty? i’ve been close to flawless on a few lucky afternoons, I can count them on one hand. But it’s usually a question of figuring out how to win with what ever I’ve got. There’s so many matches I have won just by figuring out how to sneak by.”

“If you want to survive you have to have a short memory. It’s important to remember but it’s more important to forget. Learn what you can and remember what you’ve learned. It’s best just to forget.”

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-17

A wonderful honest book

I found it a great story I enjoyed every chapter when I began listening I just couldn't stop even though I have now heard it I will still buy the book to keep.
I wish Maria Sharapova everything good in the future and look forward to watching her play again and again.

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  • ross
  • 11-22-17

Emotional

This book was everything I’d hope to get from Masha, it was a perfect way to summarise what she has went through.

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  • Kevin Gleeson
  • 11-14-17

A Grand Slam read!

This is such a fantastic book read superbly by Maria herself.
She tells of her very humble begining to her rise to super stardom and dealing with the doping episode. Maria doesn't big herself up in anyway and always stays grounded as her star rose rapidly.

I love that Maria is also the auditor, it feels so personal.
A great book and highly recommended.

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  • Paul
  • 11-14-17

Excellent listen

A good insight into the making and the required work ethic of a top sports woman

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  • helen kneebone
  • 10-05-17

A good read

A very good read , understanding a tennis life and how hard it is day in and day out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-17

Really Enjoyed

Has warmed me to Maria, like that she read it all through.. very interesting listen, I’m a tennis fan and enjoyed the insight of the journey from hopeful youngster to professional and the sacrifices she & her father made & the determination & focus she has

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-17

Loved it!

Great story from an amazing athlete. Maria reading it made it very special and emotional.

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  • Ross Anderson
  • 11-03-17

Courage under fire

This was an awesome book as good if not better than Agassi’s OPEN. What an amazing champion on and of the court she is. A true measure of character is when you have been kicked when you are down and to rise full of fight and fire. She’s is a true Phoenix. I can’t wait to watch her win her next French and then beat Serena at Wimbledon.