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Unbreakable

Narrated by: Kellie Jones
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become world number four. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell.

From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, she narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women’s game, the abuse she endured at the hands of her father and her heartbreaking fall from the top. Jelena never told anyone the full truth of what she went through until now, and her unbreakable spirit will inspire you.

©2017 Jelena Dokic (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • 20-07-2019

Outstanding Story truly Reflects in Title

I am a tennis player which is why i choose this title and was especially interested to see how it compared to Andre Agassi's book Open.I was gobsmacked by Jelena's story. It was unbelievable that a young professional athlete could experience such abuse and still function yet play professional tennis. Her story of courage was amazing and her desire to reconcile with her abusive deranged father is testament to her spirit and sense of a need to belong and to feel connected to family. It is understandable how she contemplated suicide after the end of her career and i am so glad she seems to have found happiness with her partner. An incredible story of how the human spirit can prevail in the most difficult of circumstances.

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One of the best autobiographies I have ever read

Great book, one of the best books I have ever read. Jelena has a really great story

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unbelievable story

I can’t believe Jelenas story of abuse and the amount of pain and suffering she endured over her entire life. This book feels like she’s finally ready to share her true story and it’s awe-inspiring, courageous. She is one hell of a tough lady!!

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Fantastic insight into Jelena's life

Jelena did not have an easy life. She tells the story with such honesty and rawness, explaining it by one physical beating at a time. Raised by parents who had their own issues, and a father who was violent, self absorbed (potentially narcissistic/psychopathic - or was he a victim of his own upbringing by parents who were also emotionally lacking? Definately damaged in some way. I found a lot of the first portion of the book was hard to listen to. Lots of beatings and insults, while her father moulded her into the tennis champion, the breadwinner for the family. Nothing was enough for her father - no amount of wins, money or the highest ranking. Despite all this you can tell she has come out strong and that she does not hate her father. Its sad to see the kids of abusive parents still long for that parent to be normal, still want to reason with them in the face of their difficult personalities. . I loved the narrator - she had a youthful voice and you can get the emotions and humour conveyed in Jelena's story. How someone can have gone through all this in their early life and still be sane is amazing. I really enjoyed this book even though I was shaking my head or had my mouth open at some of the stories!

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Awesome read

brutally honest and sometimes disturbing, yet fascinating portrait of an insane existence
A must read!

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Amazing strength

Amazing story, I highly recommend. The only downside I could pick on was that the narrator should have had her lovely accent.

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A sad yet compelling story

This was genuinely heart breaking hearing about the abuse of such a talented player. However, as a book, it does meander along and is at times repetitive and frustrating.

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An Amazing Woman

This is an emotional & riveting story of an incredibly strong, mentally tough woman. I have always been fascinated with Jelena. Not the controversy but the athlete & person. I am so glad that she had the strength to write this book. She asks not for sympathy but for understanding. My emotion was admiration & inspiration. If I was ever to be able to meet Jelena Dokic in person ... it would truly be one of the great moments in life.

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unbreakable is unbelievable

the inside story needs to be heard before you hold any begrudging judgements against Jelena during her ordeal as her father's puppet

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Shocking , moving , amazing !!!

An incredible read and insight into her life.
A must read. Raw emotion of the trials and tribulations during her tennis career.

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  • 14-11-2018

Amazing!!!!!!

Everyone MUST listen to this!!!!!. Especially athletes and sportspersons.
It is brilliant and very well narrated story...

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  • S. Ng
  • 06-08-2018

A tale of true grit

Loved her story and how she is strong after an upbringing like that. In a better environment she would have become a number 1, multi-slam winner. But even more admirable is how she handled herself and truly become bigger than many winners in the traditional sense. Real bravery.

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  • Shad
  • 02-08-2018

onya mate

well done champ. I think to a degree we all knew something was not right.

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  • JAMES
  • 17-11-2018

Against all Odds

Jelena is made of steel , a very sad story written perfectly . Honest representation of what happened.

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  • cmj123
  • 27-08-2019

incredible life story

The story of Jelena Dokic rings a deep resounding bell in a reader's mind. Her story is a story of ferociousness, winning, abuse and family. Unbreakable is an open story of what success driven by grit, abuse and passion looks like. I am indebted to Jelena for such an honest, complete and balanced view on her life. What was going on in people's mind when Jelena was abused but winning?