• by Maria Sharapova
  • Narrated by Maria Sharapova
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.
From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivating - and candid - story of her rise from nowhere to tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.
In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending champion Serena Williams, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of virtual anonymity, she launched herself onto the international stage. "Maria Mania" was born. Sharapova became a name and face recognizable worldwide. Her success would last: she went on to hold the number-one WTA ranking multiple times, to win four more Grand Slam tournaments, and to become one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the world.
And then - at perhaps the peak of her career - Sharapova came up against the toughest challenge yet: during the 2016 Australian Open, she was charged by the ITF with taking the banned substance meldonium, only recently added to the ITF's list. The resulting suspension would keep her off the professional courts for 15 months - a frighteningly long time for any athlete. The media suggested it might be fateful.
But Sharapova's career has always been driven by her determination and by her dedication to hard work. Her story doesn't begin with the 2004 Wimbledon championship, but years before, in a small Russian town, where as a five-year-old she played on drab neighborhood courts with precocious concentration. It begins when her father, convinced his daughter could be a star, risked everything to get them to Florida, that sacred land of tennis academies. It begins when the two arrived with only $700 and knowing only a few words of English. From that, Sharapova scraped together one of the most influential sports careers in history.
Here, for the first time, is the whole story, and in her own words. Sharapova's is an unforgettable saga of dedication and fortune. In this new audiobook, she brings us inside her pivotal matches and illuminates the relationships that have shaped her - with coaches, best friends, boyfriends, and Yuri, her coach, manager, father, and most dedicated fan, describing with honesty and affection their oft-scrutinized relationship. She writes frankly about the suspension. As Sharapova returns to the professional circuit, one thing is clear: the ambition to win that drove her from the public courts of Russia to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon has not diminished.
Sharapova's Unstoppable is a powerful audiobook memoir, resonant in its depiction of the will to win - whatever the odds.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Inspiring life story even for non sport fan

Where does Unstoppable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top 3 books for me

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maria of course. As a successful immigrant myself I can relate to her life journey of humble beginning to all the struggles and success.

Which character – as performed by Maria Sharapova – was your favorite?

Yuri her father is the driving force and the visionary for her success

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- Tuan Nguyen

This book should have been one page.

I hate to loose, I love to win, I want to beat them all. I am perfect. I got toll by hanging myself on a stick and because of my will and desire to be tall (no supplements!!). I have rivalry with Serena Williams (not really, lady, she leads 19-2 and has made over $80 million in prize money versus $36 million for you. That isn't a rivalry!!!)
This person said not even one word about helping anyone in anyway...
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- Tatiana Pavlova

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio