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Climbing with Mollie

Narrated by: William Finnegan
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,656 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from Climbing with Mollie

Mollie surprises her parents with her climbing ability.
"I felt like I had her with me..."
"…but that seemed less important than pursuing this new obsession together."

  • Climbing with Mollie
  • Mollie surprises her parents with her climbing ability.
  • Climbing with Mollie
  • "I felt like I had her with me..."
  • Climbing with Mollie
  • "…but that seemed less important than pursuing this new obsession together."

About the Creator and Performer

William Finnegan has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. He has reported from South Africa, Mozambique, Somalia, Sudan, Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain, Britain, Australia, Madagascar, Ukraine, Moldova, the Gulf States, and the Balkans, as well as from many places in the United States. He has written primarily about politics, war, poverty, race, US foreign policy, organized crime, globalization, and surfing. He is the author of five books: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (2015); Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country; A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique; Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters; and Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid. His work has won many awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography for Barbarian Days. Barbarian Days, which has been a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, has been translated into 10 languages. Finnegan’s work has also appeared in Granta, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and other magazines. Finnegan takes his talents to audio narrating Barbarian Days and Climbing with Mollie, both available on Audible. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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I would Like a New Dad, Please and Thank You

I receive this as a free Audible original and dove right in, since I find climbing interesting. This is an interesting perspective on climbing, for someone who doesn’t climb.

However, what really grabbed me with this story is that I would do about anything to have had a father that loved me in the way Finnegan loves Mollie. She is one lucky girl. You can hear it in every sentence, how much he is in awe of and respects his own daughter. He has zero problem admitting that she is strong and smart in ways that maybe he isn't. There’s just something really beautiful about that, and so I’m happy I read this one.

The only thing I really wanted from this one was more.

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Great for parents

I liked this short story of a father's relationship to his daughter and vice versa.

This is a great mustread for any parents!
Thanks for sharing!

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Making Memories With Daddy

I knew I'd like this when I saw the Title. Interesting thing, my husband actively listened and really liked it as well. When I asked what he thought was best about the book, he said, "its amazing to see a 62yr man go out of his way to make his daughter happy!" Both of us lost our parents earlier this year. So this made the story extra special. I try to consciously make "memories" with our children and grandchildren. Something outside of holidays, when its expected. So, we dance and sing together, exercise (Zumba, swimming) together. Its wonderful to go to the gym with my daughter and her adult son and daughter, or voice class at local college, to move and sing together, and see the amazement on people's faces when they realize the relationship. To keep going as a parent/grandparent for our grandgifts, just to see them smile. Great story!

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Great listen!

Loved hearing about how he created a connection with his daughter through climbing. It's a great example of the joy in letting a child discover her passion and supporting her in it.

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I'm not even a climber, but I enjoyed it a lot

I particularly like books narrated by the author, and this is one of those. This is subtly about a relationship between father and daughter, also educational about climbing. I thought it might be boring, but it was free and outdoors, so decided to try it. I was fully interested all the way through this short book. I found myself imagining myself climbing with them or watching...I could imagine myself there and feel the pain or the fear or the triumph with them. I found it uplifting overall.

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Fabulous father/daughter description of climbing

A wonderful description of a father’s and daughter’s bond built around climbing, along with a fascinating description of the sport of climbing.

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Nostalgic

I enjoyed hearing a dad's view of his daughter growing up and becoming her own person while being a part of that

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A good lesson

Some swearwords. But for the most part an amazing book about a father and daughter enjoying a sport together.

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enjoyed

I enjoyed this short story impart because I live in the Gunks and have many friends who climb. I have climbed a few times and can relate to dad's experiences. The book was believable. Thank you.

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Okay, parts are kind of interesting.

Series Info: Stand Alone, free Audible Original with my Audible membership

Audiobook Quality (4/5 ): Finnegan reads this himself and does a good job at it.

Characters (3/5): Finnegan’s daughter sounds like an intriguing person but, while we hear a lot about her, we don’t really get to hear from her. Finnegan himself comes across as an overzealous dad for most of the book.

Story (3/5): There’s not much of a story here. Finnegan just talks about how his daughter got into climbing which lead him to start climbing. Learning about the terminology and lifestyle around climbing was interesting. The dynamic of having the daughter menor the father was unique. Mostly though this is a fairly forgettable book.

Writing Style (3/5): The writing was fine. It would have been better to present this as more of a story. The way it is now, it comes across as an overzealous dad bragging about how amazing his daughter is.

Summary (3/5): This was okay. I enjoyed learning some of the climbing terminology and about how things work in the competitive climbing world. I didn’t find this to be an especially compelling read but I listened to it on a long drive so I didn't have anything better to do.

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