Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: November 2017

Duration: 5 hours 48 minutes


The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with 'coaches' who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiriting journey.

Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.


  • Joe K

    Kareem is a great narrator. The book was great but I felt it ended too soon after he joined the NBA. Hope he writes another one that takes us through the current politics.

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

by Raymond Obstfeld, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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