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Starred Review. "...wonderful to hear...Performer Hillary Huber's voice is wonderfully matched to Didrikson's Texas twang and the many people she met along the way...Highly recommended..." - Library Journal

"Hillary Huber narrates...with panache, confidence, and only a touch of femininity - a style reminiscent of the great Babe Didrikson herself...Listeners need not be sports fans to appreciate the impressive determination of this groundbreaking American." - AudioFile

"Huber portrays the superstar and her siblings in a southern accent...and the parents' Norwegian dialect rings true." - Booklist

"...spirits the reader away on this fairy-tale story with grace, humor, and an occasional need to set the record straight...An enthusiastic, sympathetic biography of the incomparable all-around sports champion." - Kirkus Reviews

"[an] engaging biography...a story that every American sport fan should relish." - Publishers Weekly

"a full-bodied and honest portrait…the definitive account of Babe's life." - Star Tribune

"...finally a book about Babe Zaharias that does justice to the remarkable life she led...an uplifting story..." - The Port Arthur News

"An interesting read for women’s sports fans, golf fans, and American history buffs..." - Amy Moritz, Byline to Finish Line

About the Author

Don Van Natta, Jr. is an investigative correspondent for the New York Times. He has been a member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, and he is the author of the New York Times bestselling First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters from Taft to Bush.

 

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Multiple Audie nominee, Earphone Award winner, and one of Audiofile’s Best Voices of 2010, Hillary has been narrating audiobooks since 2006 and has done close to 100 titles.  She records on a regular basis in her studio in Santa Monica, CA, as well as with other producers.  Her narration consistently garners glowing reviews.  “Hillary Huber’s narration is lyrical enough to be set to music.”  (Audiofile)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611200695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611200690
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,119,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Very well researched.
Another admirer of golf
This was a great tribute to a true Wonder Woman, and I'm thankful I now know who she is.
JB9892
Babe Zaharias was the best woman athlete and one of the all time best athletes PERIOD.
Mary Ann Tayloe

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Independent thinker on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wonder Girl is an incredible and wonderful biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

More than a sports or golf book, Van Natta writes a compelling story of the greatest athlete of all time and shows her from every angle, warts and all, as she trail blazed through the first half of the 20th century.

Unfortunately, Babe is largely forgotten today as the super star she was back in the early half of the last century. A front line warrior for woman's rights in sports, Olympic gold medalist, founder of the LPGA, and the first celebrity to fearlessly bring cancer awareness into America's living room, Babe did it all in such a short time.

Van Natta brings all of these acomplishments and more back to the forefront for the public who have forgotten her in his new book in a compassionate, honest and reverent manner. Wonder Girl is a moving portrait of one of America's greatest daughters and a must read for all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kate J on June 5, 2011
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I had heard of Babe Didrikson before I read the book but had no idea what an amazing athlete she was! A female Jim Thorpe. Beyond her athletic achievements, she was a fantastic character and her life was filled with both major achievements and challenges - her sporting life as well as her personal life. If she was alive today she would easily be among the most famous athletes in the world.

Any sports fan will of course love this book. But its not just for sports fan. Babe was such a character and lived such an interesting life that you don't have to be a sports fan to love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hoosiergal on July 29, 2011
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"Wonder Girl" is a wonderful book. It not only gives you information about Babe but about the era and the way amateur and professional athletes were treated by the sports' governing bodies. Van Natta wrote in such a way that the book didn't read like a by-the-numbers biography. I couldn't put it down and while I knew how the story ends, I was still brought to tears by Van Natta's description of Babe's last days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Tayloe on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book literally draws you in. I could not put it down. The author does an remarkable job of capturing the personality of his subject. He also does an outstanding job of explaining her behavior-both the good and the not so good. Babe Zaharias was the best woman athlete and one of the all time best athletes PERIOD. She did this during a time when women were not recognized for athletic abilty and the sport of golf was in its infancy.
Her fearless determination and bold personality, coupled with her natural athletic abilty make for a very interesting and absorbing read. Babe won the Women's US Open Golf event 18 months after colon cancer surgery and a colostomy. That achievement alone is one of truly herculean proportions. At the time (1950's) cancer was considered a death sentence and in the case of colon cancer, most people simply accepted their misfortune and prepared to die. Babe put a different spin on that and as a result more people opted for surgery. Babe demonstrated that one can go on and live a productive life with a colostomy. I hope that this story is made into a movie as I did not know alot about Babe until I read this book. I do not believe that history has given her the credit and distinction that she deserves.
I have read lot of books and this is one of the best that I have come across.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sparks VINE VOICE on October 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When Sports Illustrated selected its top athletes of the 20th century, Babe Didrikson Zaharias was the only woman listed among the top 10. She was in the elite company of Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Wayne Gretzky, Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe, Willie Mays and Jack Nicklaus.

After reading Wonder Girl, you'll understand why Babe was an easy choice to be listed about the 10 greatest athletes of the 20th century.

Author Don Van Natta Jr. does a commendable job of bringing Babe to life for the generations of sports fans who are too young to remember her. Babe died in 1956 from cancer at the age of 45.

Growing up in Texas, Babe's goal was to be "the greatest athlete who ever lived." In 1932, Babe single-handedly won the AAU National Women's Track and Field Championships in Chicago. She was the only team member to represent Employers' Casualty. Competing in an unheard of eight events against 20 teams, some with 22 members, Babe tallied 30 points to win the team title. She won gold in five events--broad jump, baseball toss, shot put, javelin and 80 meters hurdles, and she tied for first in the high jump. She qualified for the Olympics in three events, hurdles, high jump and javelin.

In the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, Babe won two gold medals and a silver medal. She was disqualified in the high jump, finishing second. She set two world's records and an Olympic record. Grantland Rice wrote that Babe was "the most flawless section of muscle harmony, of complete mental and physical coordination the world of sport has ever known."

Despite her athletic prowess, Babe wasn't easy for her teammates and fellow competitors to like. She could be cocky, arrogant, selfish, obnoxious, boastful and a media hog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Another admirer of golf on August 21, 2011
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This was a great review of the life of the Babe. Though I knew of her last years, I had no idea about her growing up years and the constant urge she had early in life to be the best in every sport. She helped make golf what it is today, much like Tiger Woods has on the men's tour. Very well researched. It was interesting to know the relationship she had with her family and George. A good read.
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