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  • Imperfect: An Improbable Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Abbott, Tim Brown
    • Narrated By Jim Abbott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
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    (29)
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    In Imperfect, Jim Abbot retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. By 21, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels....

    Brady says: "For Love of the Game - Part II"
    "A tribute to personal commitment"
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    What did you love best about Imperfect?

    Abbott's inning by inning journey to a major league baseball no hitter frames the story of a remarkable athlete and person. His personal dedication to a normal, one-handed, life makes an easy and very interesting story of an individual's development against very challenging barriers that would have stopped a lesser person and their family.Jim Abbott's story is less about baseball than the will of a family and that family's impact on a child. Jim's family is a model for other parents faced with a child not seen as "whole" by others in that child's environment. Jim Abbott, as the narrator, adds a special touch to the book because you can feel the depth of the pain and the height of the successes he experiences as a child and an athlete who learns to "love his hand". His voice conveys so much more than words as he discusses the many challenges of competition.For those of us who watched his success at Michigan, The Olympics and in professional baseball we now have a new level of appreciation for a truly remarkable person who, by the way had only one hand, This is a book for every parent, baseball fan, Michigan Alum and child who feels less than perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Abbott as the one person who really understands.


    What does Jim Abbott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Te emotions of having lived the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Perfect!


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