When Nobody Was Watching

My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World
Narrated by: Lynde Houck, Carli Lloyd
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the celebrated star of the US Women's National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there.

In 2015, the US Women's National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in 16 years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick - three goals in one game - during the first 16 minutes.

But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. What Carli lacked were fitness, mental toughness, and character. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. No one worked harder than Carli. And no one believed in her more than James. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world.

This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take listeners inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.

©2016 Carli Lloyd (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Should've just read the book.

I enjoyed the story but the narrator was AWFUL. Literally sounded like Siri was reading it in semi monotone. Completely ruined it.

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Awful narration: great story

Carli wrote a very open story about her life: her flaws, her hard work, her triumphs on and off the field. We learn how hard Carli worked to become the best player in the world.

Unfortunately, the narrator has not put in the same effort. She reads with a strange rhythm, puts emphasis on parts of a sentence that have no need for it, and is extremely choppy.

Still, don’t let the narration keep you from the story. I’ve been a coach for 20 years, and I am inspired anew by Carli and her trainer. It is a fantastic story of inspiration, and if I ever have a daughter that grows up to be the kind of person Carli is, I would be a very proud father.

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Excellent

I don't know much about soccer, but after finishing this book, I want to learn all that I can. I love her commitment to hard work and dedication. Great story!

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Nice insight, unexpressive narrator

Love Carli Lloyd. Really interesting and honest portrayal of her mindset. Narrator has no character.

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kudos for Carli

Narrator was great. Thought little egotistical. Found her to be honest & sincere. the end

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Absolutely captivating!

Carli Lloyd is, of course, one the big heroes on the U.S. Women's National soccer team that won the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. This is her extremely captivating story of how she became a soccer player, how she met and worked with her famous coach, James Galanis, to become of the best soccer players in the world.
Her insights to the inner circle of the soccer players during the many years she's been with the USWNT is highly entertaining.
Certainly a fantastic listen!

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Inspiring

Really worth to anyone who is looking for an inspiration. Her story and work ethic is an exemple of success in and out of field.

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Fantastic, full of life lessons

I loved it! a whole new perspective of the work and dedication of a soccer player!

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If you love soccer you will love this book!

I absolutely love Carli Lloyd and have followed her career along with others in the team. She does a really nice job of sharing her point of view without bashing on other players and blaming them for problems. She is such a great person who has such a drive and determination. I loved hearing all of her story and really feel this is a good motivational book for sure. A must read!!!!

I did not enjoy the narrator as much as I would like. Several names of players and a tournament are mispronounced several times which bothered me the whole book!

Also, the tone of the book is a bit monotone and it took ALOT for me to get through. It did sound better when I sped it up a little. I would have just like more emotion and emphasis on the words.

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Good book for a soccer fan

First of The narrator is not Carli, and her voice is horrible. The story is good. Some parts of it are a bit boring. Carli does provide some insight into her long hard battle to the top. Carli proves that hard work perseverance and determination can help you achieve any goal.