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Molina Audiobook

Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty

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Publisher's Summary

A baseball rules book. A tape measure. A lottery ticket. These were in the pocket of Bengie Molina's father when he died of a heart attack on the rutted Little League field in his Puerto Rican barrio. The items serve as thematic guideposts in Molina's beautiful memoir about his father, who, through baseball, taught his three sons about loyalty, humility, courage, and the true meaning of success.

Bengie and his two brothers - Jose and six-time All-Star Yadier - became famous catchers in the Major Leagues and have six World Series championships between them. Only the DiMaggio brothers can rival the Molinas as the most accomplished siblings in baseball history. Bengie was the least likely to reach the majors. He was too slow, too sensitive, and too small. But craving his beloved father's respect, Bengie weathered failure after deflating failure until one day he was hoisting a World Series trophy in a champagne-soaked clubhouse. All along he thought he was fulfilling his father's own failed dream of baseball glory - only to discover it had not been his father's dream at all.

Written with the emotional power of sports classics such as Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights, Molina is a love story between a formidable but flawed father and a son who, in unearthing answers about his father's life, comes to understand his own.

©2015 Bengie Molina. Recorded by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    P. Griswold Springfield, MA United States 06-11-15
    P. Griswold Springfield, MA United States 06-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A book about life"

    I chose this book because I am a baseball fan and always respected Molina's work on the field. The book is much more than baseball, it is a reference guide on how everyone should strive to live their life. I would recommend it to anyone, even if you don't like baseball.

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    Melisa Martin 06-10-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved it!"

    Amazing story about family and baseball. Beautifully written. I love Bengie even more now. Much respect.

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    Katie Henry 06-13-17
    Katie Henry 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love the Molinas"

    Being a born and raised Cardinals fan, I am a big Yadier Molina fan but did not know much about his family. I love them even more now! I learned about the path baseball players, specifically those from Puerto Rico, take to success in the majors. I also have even more appreciation for catchers than I did before! This book is ultimately about family and sacrifice. It will definitely pull at your heart strings! A fantastic tribute to a wonderful father. Enjoy each moment!

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    Amazon buyer in FL 05-18-17
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    "Great story about a family who loved baseball"

    I purchased "Molina" after having read lots of positive reviews. I didn't know how much baseball would actually be discussed in the book, but I knew there was a main focus on Benjamin Molina, the father of the Molina brothers. It turns out I didn't have to relate personally with the same experiences, because the book is written that well, and performed as good as can be.

    The story of Bengie Molina is movie material. Growing up in a lower income environment, family values, struggling acceptance in baseball with success by younger siblings, ultimately achieving his dreams, and a father who was there for it all along the way.

    It was difficult to press pause while listening because it was that good. Some books there are ideal stopping points for the night, but Molina was one a book that made it difficult to not listen straight through. This is one of the more difficult reviews for me to write, because (cliche coming) I can't put it in words - all I know is the emotion I felt while listening to the author tell his story of playing baseball and the anecdotes of his father. The family relationship was what made the book so appealing; the baseball is the selling point because of the celebrity status and success, but the family aspect is what the book is about. Whether or not you know that before reading or listening, its impact is felt throughout the memoir.

    This is a book I also purchased the soft cover of because I want to read it and see if there is as much an emotional reaction as there is listening to the audiobook. Good sports book but great family book.

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    Tim 03-21-17
    Tim 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book!"

    This is not just a Baseball book, but should be required reading for any new father.

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    Ronald Prattville, AL, United States 05-16-15
    Ronald Prattville, AL, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen. Never knew this about the Molina's!"

    What a great teacher tool for Fathers'!
    Would def recommend. Great for players of all sports too. Will listen again.

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