The Keeper

  • by Tim Howard, Ali Benjamin
  • Narrated by J. D. Jackson
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I believe that we will win."
In the summer of 2014, Tim Howard became an overnight sensation after more than 10 years as one of America's leading professional soccer players. His record-breaking 15 saves for the United States national team against Belgium in the World Cup electrified a nation that had only recently woken up to the Beautiful Game after decades of hibernation.
An estimated TV audience of 21 million viewers in the United States - larger than those of the NBA and NHL finals - watched Howard's heroic performance against the heavily favored Belgians in which he repelled shots with his hands, feet, legs, knees, and even his signature long beard.
Suddenly an athlete who had toiled in relative anonymity for much of his career became the star of his own Internet meme ("Things Tim Howard Could Save": from Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" to the Titanic) and fielded personal calls from the likes of President Barack Obama ("You guys did us proud.... I don't know how you are going to survive the mobs when you come back home, man. You'll have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are").
In this inspiring and candid memoir, the beloved US and Everton goalkeeper finally allows himself to do something that he would never do on the field: He drops his guard. Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette syndrome defied the odds to become one of the greatest American keepers in history. He recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of all sports - he was also a standout high school basketball player - and a devout faith that helped him cope with a disorder that manifested itself with speech and facial tics, compulsive behavior, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, and touch.
The Keeper is also a chronicle of the personal sacrifices he's made for his career, including the ultimate dissolution of Howard's marriage - a casualty of what he calls his "addiction to winning" - and its most painful consequence: his separation from his two children.
A treat for soccer fans, The Keeper will captivate even listeners who are unfamiliar with the sport but want to know what makes a world-class athlete different from the rest of us - and where that difference gives way to common ground.

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Tim Howard Saves more then Goals!

There was a lot more to Tim Howard then I had first realized. This autobiography takes you through all the trials and tribulations of coming from humble beginnings, struggling from Tourette syndrome to playing in one of the greatest leagues in the world. Tim talks about the people he meet along the way that helped him make his dreams of playing professionally a reality. This book goes beyond that and dives into his personal relationships and also talks about the humanitarian work with NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome. Last but not least Tim talks about his time with the USMNT and the game that would forever make him a soccer legend. Win or loss it is all about the fight to overcome lives adversity's and never giving up. You do not have to be a soccer fan to be touched by this book. I would highly recommend.
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- Ron

Good Listen For Soccer/"Football" Fans

Thought this was a really good book. Tim is an incredibly down to earth world class athlete and he does a great job of telling a lot of behind the scenes stories from a professional soccer player's perspective without sounding like he's trying to let you know how big time he is. Quite the opposite actually.

Not sure how interesting this would be for someone who isn't really into soccer and the nuances of the game as he gets into tactical details and the like that only someone who knows and really loves the game would be likely to care about, but any soccer enthusiast will love it.

The reader did a good job and I only took a star off for his mispronunciation of so many names of world famous "footballers", related clubs and organizing bodies. Otherwise he was easy to listen to and told the story well.
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- TF

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio