The Keeper

  • by Tim Howard, Ali Benjamin
  • Narrated by J. D. Jackson
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I believe that we will win."
In the summer of 2014, Tim Howard became an overnight sensation after more than 10 years as one of America's leading professional soccer players. His record-breaking 15 saves for the United States national team against Belgium in the World Cup electrified a nation that had only recently woken up to the Beautiful Game after decades of hibernation.
An estimated TV audience of 21 million viewers in the United States - larger than those of the NBA and NHL finals - watched Howard's heroic performance against the heavily favored Belgians in which he repelled shots with his hands, feet, legs, knees, and even his signature long beard.
Suddenly an athlete who had toiled in relative anonymity for much of his career became the star of his own Internet meme ("Things Tim Howard Could Save": from Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" to the Titanic) and fielded personal calls from the likes of President Barack Obama ("You guys did us proud.... I don't know how you are going to survive the mobs when you come back home, man. You'll have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are").
In this inspiring and candid memoir, the beloved US and Everton goalkeeper finally allows himself to do something that he would never do on the field: He drops his guard. Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette syndrome defied the odds to become one of the greatest American keepers in history. He recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of all sports - he was also a standout high school basketball player - and a devout faith that helped him cope with a disorder that manifested itself with speech and facial tics, compulsive behavior, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, and touch.
The Keeper is also a chronicle of the personal sacrifices he's made for his career, including the ultimate dissolution of Howard's marriage - a casualty of what he calls his "addiction to winning" - and its most painful consequence: his separation from his two children.
A treat for soccer fans, The Keeper will captivate even listeners who are unfamiliar with the sport but want to know what makes a world-class athlete different from the rest of us - and where that difference gives way to common ground.


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Customer Reviews

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Surprisingly good.

Narrator should have done more research on the subject but told a good story. Pleasant listen.
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- MR


Any additional comments?

I have to start with the narration, this is one of the most unintentional funny books I have ever listened to. The pronunciations of players and team names are often hilarious. I won’t spoil too many of them but the pronunciation of David Moyes and Aston Villa are particularly bad, funny and eventually annoying

Soccer for “American” Soccer Dummies. The book is blatantly aimed at the US Soccer market and as a result the football aspects feel dumbed down. If you are interested in Tim Howard as a player then you will enjoy it (Why else would you buy the book!) but from a footballing aspect there is nothing new here. If the intention is to get more Americans into “Soccer” then good for them as the game seems to be finally making headway across the pond.

On the plus side there was some very interesting and enlightening sections was describing Howard dealing with the Tourette syndrome in his young life and career as a footballer. He talks about his work creating and helping charities in the US for young sufferers of the syndrome and I feel I have a better understanding of this condition and a new found respect for anyone suffering with TS.

All in all there are some interesting bits but it is pretty standard fare but I did enjoy it so will be generous and give the story 4 out of 5 but only 1 out of 5 for narration. Overall 3.5 out of 5

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- kmcca5

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio