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  • My Dream Time

  • A Memoir of Tennis & Teamwork
  • By: Ash Barty
  • Narrated by: Miranda Tapsell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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My Dream Time

By: Ash Barty
Narrated by: Miranda Tapsell
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It's a tennis story. It's a family story. It's a teamwork story. It's the story of how I got to where and who I am today.

WINNER OF THE ABIA AWARD FOR BEST BIOGRAPHY 2023

I'm only in my mid-twenties, and some might think that's young to write a memoir. Who does that, right? But for me and my team it's always been important to reflect on every part of the journey, especially the end. In that context, the timing is perfect to share my story, from the first time I picked up a racquet as a 5-year-old girl in Ipswich to the night I packed up my tennis bag at Melbourne Park after winning the 2022 Australian Open. This book gives me a chance to look back at every moment of the 20 years in between, and to think carefully through the highs and lows, the work and the play, the smiles and the tears.

Telling my story also gives me an opportunity to do more than simply thank those who mean the most to me - it provides a way to honour them as an integral part of that tale, as the very secret behind my success. Some of them you might know - such as my longtime coach, Craig Tyzzer - and some of them you might not - like my first childhood coach, Jim Joyce. There are mates like Casey Dellacqua and Alicia Molik. Mentors such as tennis icon Evonne Goolagong Cawley and mindset coach Ben Crowe. My parents and sisters and my husband have sacrificed as much as I have over the years - this book is also for them.

My Dream Time is about finding the path to being the best I could be, not just as an athlete but as a person, and to consider the way those identities overlap and compete. We all have a professional and a personal self. How do you conquer nerves and anxiety? How do you deal with defeat, or pain? What drives you to succeed - and what happens when you do? The answers tell me so much, about bitter disappointments and also dreams realised - from injuries and obscurity and self-doubt to winning Wimbledon and ranking number 1 in the world.

My story is about the power and joy of doing that thing you love and seeing where it can take you, about the importance of purpose - and perspective - in our lives.

©2023 Ash Barty (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers

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reader killed it

Ash, sorry I gave up. the voice reading was ridiculous over the top and couldn't pronounce words.
I ended up buying the book and reading it
nothing short of brilliant, but as far as an audio book goes, don't waste your money. Ash, you're a true legend in every way. the hard copy book was well worth it.

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Great story about a great Australian

So much respect for Ash Barty. She is an amazingly humble, strong and respectful person who has incredible sporting prowess. This story takes you on a journey through Ash’s young life to adulthood, highlighting the sacrifices and challenges made by her, her family and friends in order to play tennis, a game she loves. Ash is a good human!

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A top read/listen

I am one of those who was annoyed with Ash for retiring from tennis so young. So talented!!!
But after listening to her book, she explains what she dealt with, within her own thoughts. I am so proud of Ash for sharing her story and explaining to the rest of us.
How wonderful the world could be if we all looked at ourselves and be happy with our own self and achievements.

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Poor narration, Great story

Struggled with the narrator. Fascinating storymof Ash's tennis story, and the struggle tennis players go through

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 great insight

I found this very valuable as a tennis coach to help me understand young up came players and be able to refer them to Ash as she a Hero to us all

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A true Taurus tale. Recommend

I enjoyed the book as saw and related to many twin Taurus thoughts and behaviours that just made sense. Interesting look into the world of tennis and the ups and downs of international life. Just lost a star as Ash did not narrate it herself which was a little disappointing. Also towards the end the changing timeframes got frustrating when l just wanted to get to the big events. Still a recommended read

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special person, special book

enjoyed so much. chance to relive special moments that are now part of our history

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What an inspiring book!

Not sure why some people complain about not understanding some of the narration. I understood and enjoyed every bit of it.

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A lively memoir

Loved the tone of the book, was well narrated though some mispronunciation of some player names could have been fixed by checking WTA website

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Simple inspiring biography

Simple inspiring biography with a very lovely performance that suited the main Character of the book ( age wise ). Easy to read. It attracts you to proceed one chapter after other.

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