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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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Exceptional!

This book reveals everything you ever wanted to know about one of the most beautiful, intelligent, diligent and richest women in the world. The story of her father and herself is astonishing. This book is really well read. It is such a pleasure to listen to her voice while working. I read the book and listened to the audio book and then bought the book for my niece. There are very real life lessons in this book that you can apply to your own life. Her philosophy is made very clear. What I have taken from this is that pure will and determination can take you very far. Maria Sharapova is a true role model.

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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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  • Gopal Peddinti
  • 10-04-18

An inspirational story

I absolutely loved this book. A story that has touched my heart and stirred emotions. Her story is certainly very inspiring. But what I liked equally was her brutal honesty and simplicity.

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  • Hannah E.
  • 08-03-18

Easy listening

Compelling enough, easy listening. Sharapova was clear and easy to understand although used some unnatural inflections and pauses which made the narration disjointed at times.

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  • JO
  • 07-01-18

Amazing journey of grit and determination

This is by far the best sports autobiography I have read. The journey we go on from the start learning about the perspective of a child athlete and the hard inspiration effort it takes to make it.

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  • Ali
  • 05-21-18

Heartwarming Book

I have read & listened to many books but the emotional connection I felt with this book is beyond imagination. Maria is a great Athlete but she is a even better at story telling. I literally run through her emotions throughout her journey. Excellent book. A must read to understand the power of conviction & belief!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-04-18

A Great Listen

I really enjoyed this. It is a story of someone who came from very little to be someone awesome. She sheds light on her “doping” saga well and I admire her for it. As for her narration? Sharapova has a lovely voice and I could listen to her all day long.

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  • Lynn
  • 12-17-17

Loved it

Fascinating to hear her childhood experience and her fathers obsessive desire to be number one!

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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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  • Gordon Heydon
  • 07-05-18

so enjoyable!

I loved the book. It gives great insights into Maria’s life and after this book I respect her even more. It contains beautiful story about a family, about tennis and about live and friendship. At times it even felt as if Mariia herself narrates the book.

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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.