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Publisher's Summary

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation's heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women's rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies.

In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, and losses and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach's book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling with universal questions about how we can live our best lives and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.

©2016 Abby Wambach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • D. Villalpando
  • 04-10-2016

Champion

Would you consider the audio edition of Forward to be better than the print version?

Having Abby read her own story to me was amazing and far better, I expect, that simply reading her words. I felt like I was sitting down with her most of the time and participating in her memories and troubles.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Forward?

Hearing Abby's struggles with self and addiction was very touching and memorable. It showed how even the best of us have deep inner conflicts.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the introduction, when Abby sent us, full throttle, into her turbulent insides where she faced a loss of the one unifying element of her life - soccer - and how she would survive without it. I found myself asking (aloud), "Why can't you play in an amateur league so as to stay in the game. It wasn't until much later did I find out it's not the love of the game that keeps her going in and of itself. It spoke again to deep conflict.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself talking back to the recording many times, as if I could communicate with the author through the audiobook. That's how intimate it felt to me.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely adored this book and the reading of it. Thank you Ms. Wambach. You've done a great service to all of us as well as to Women's soccer, which is probably the greatest sport the world has to offer. Thank you!!!

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  • YNaples
  • 21-12-2016

More to offer...

The story is okay...left me feeling she has so much more to offer. The message could be written more powerfully. Less anger and more hope.

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  • Colleen Speaker
  • 04-11-2016

Great read for any athlete

Incredible woman, incredible book. I'm inspired by her honesty and humility. Every athlete should read this, male or female.

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  • Philip H Corrin
  • 19-10-2016

If you can stand the vocal fry, it's great

What made the experience of listening to Forward the most enjoyable?

Candid view behind the scenes of a sporting legend

What didn’t you like about Abby Wambach’s performance?

Writers performing their own material is almost always a superior experience than a different performer, especially for autobiographies. Abby's vocal fry was pronounced and very difficult to get past ...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2016

Couldn't stop listening

So raw and real. it took courage to write this. Thank you Abby for being so honest and open about your struggles. This book let's people know that everyone struggles but you can get past it. You can get back up.

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  • Christina
  • 14-09-2016

Damn Abby... Thank you

I've followed Abby for years but never knew what lies beneath the surface until now. What a wonderful memoir and narration of the book. Anyone who's a USWNT and especially an Abby Wambach fan will love this. This book inspired me, broke my heart, contain parallels of my own life and left me feeling strange. I feel as though Abby has been telling me personally her story for the past few hours. Excellent. Just, excellent.

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  • CBecraft
  • 07-01-2018

Abby is real.

I so appreciate listening g to Abby share her life, not just the joy but the messy real-ness. People are not simply the best selfie they can take - we are complicated and want happiness, and as simple as this should be, it is complicated.

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  • Toni Hobbs
  • 08-09-2017

Inspiring

I rarely write reviews for books, but this one in particular hit me in a few spots that I've worked very hard to move past, stuff deep or ignore.

I appreciate the honesty and straightforward approach of this book.

Loving self is tough ... but we can do it.

Thanks again, Abby. It means more than I can express.

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  • Shelley
  • 07-12-2016

a little too self-deprecating

really struggled to get through. the first half she was nothing but negative about herself and although she started to become more likeable in the 2nd half of the book it still never painted a very good picture of her. I came away wishing I could see more of the Abby that people love and respect.

also the book felt more like a list of events then a story. Sometimes events were spaced out by months or years without any indication and so it could be very hard to follow what was going on.

and she never really developed other people in the book so it felt like everyone in her life was the same 2-dimensional person she mentioned in the previous paragraph/page/chapter.

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  • Tiffany Thielke
  • 21-06-2018

She is just as human as everyone

I loved listening to this audiobook; especially since it is narrated by Abby herself and those are the best kind of memoirs. Yes, Abby is a huge soccer star and loved by so many but she is still a human full of flaws and bad choices. However, her hard work, her love for her team and the game of soccer are inspirational. I liked how she didn't hold anything back. She showed us that you can look like you have everything together on the outside but be falling apart on the inside and how to work past that.

The only thing I wasn't a fan of was how flat the narration/performance was. I didn't feel like there was any emotion an seemed like it was being read by a robot. I wish there was some emotion in her voice while she was reading because that would have made the book even better.

All in all, I think it was a great listen and definitely worth it, even if you don't know anything about soccer or are not a sports fan.