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Climbing with Mollie

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  71 reviews
2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist of Barbarian Days William Finnegan had devoted his days to chasing waves as a lifelong surfer. When his adolescent daughter, Mollie, proves to be a natural-born climber, Finnegan follows his newfound passion toward rock climbing. Its an arduous apprenticeship, and it turns the parent-child dynamic on its head, as Mollie slips into the ...more
Published October 31st 2019 by Audible Original
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Merphy Napier
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet non fiction about a father and his bond with his daughter as she falls in love with rock climbing and he falls in love with it too. As someone who grew up climbing with my dad, it reminded me of some of my favorite memories and made me smile a whole lot.

Recommended for anyone looking for a short, sweet, heartwarming story about a dad and his experience with his daughter
Kristina Stefanova
A fascinating book by the world-famous surfer and Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan
But wait.this book is not about surfing; it's about rock climbing with his daughter Mollie.

Mollie is a bookish girl, not interested in being an athlete, even though her father is a legend. However, it turns out she finds a great passion for rock climbing.
William Finnegan explains how it all started. He is talking about different styles and techniques of rock climbing - belaying, bouldering, solo climbing,
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This "book" was free as an Audible original. I've never climbed a day in my life- not even those janky rockwall towers at the county fair. That said, I have a decent number of friends that are getting into this sport. Heck, one of them climbed El Capítan last summer which probably qualifies as a BIT more than "getting into it." So my interest is definitely growing to say the least. Also, 2020 will be the first year this sport is a part of the summer olympics (surfing too, by the way).

This was a
Lienkie Vogel
I love learning about things I know absolutely nothing about and this book did not disappoint. After listening to this I was immediately googling away and might even try this sport one day.
Jordan Vukan
Jan 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Boring. If your waiting for something exciting it never happens.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Enjoyable essay on climbing and parental relationships transitioning into adulthood. Go Mollie!

Free in audible.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just entertaining enough to finish
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If it was William Finnegan's intention to make you want to grab your children and head to a climbing gym, it certainly worked on me.

The story is of his taking up climbing after his fairly unathletic daughter discovers it while at camp. It is a short read about their journy, climbing culture and the sport of climbing.
Alan Teder
Reposting after the deletion of 11 Audible Originals Dec. 17-19, 2019.
Goodreads purged about 11 (that I could identify) Audible Original audiobooks (and their ratings/reviews) at the end of the year 2019 as they apparently did not meet guidelines. Those audiobooks that have been converted from podcasts are apparently the main issue. Others that are short novellas, memoirs or audio productions of theatrical plays may be restored or relisted. This current edition of Climbing with Mollie is a
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not poorly written. Not preachy. Not long. Not interesting.
Liza Wiemer
Jan 10, 2020 added it
Shelves: audiobook
My husband and I listened to this audiobook and found it fascinating. We knew very little about "climbing culture" and were really taken by the comrade. A lovely tribute from father to daughter!
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Goodreads deleted the original posting and thus my review for this. There are several of these missing. Thanks, Goodreads.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this piece. The author has a great voice, and I loved learning so much about climbing, something many of my friends do. I also loved the way the author talked about his daughter. And I really enjoyed the conversation at the very end that they had together. There is not much of a narrative arc, though. This is a piece about climbing, how Mollie got into it, and how their shared lives evolve around it, with obstacles along the way. Totally worthwhile for me, but if youre looking ...more
I own an unlistened to audiobook of William Finnegan's 2016 Pulitzer prize-winning "Barbarian Days," so I decided to give this free Audible Original a go. Finnegan has been a staff writer the New Yorker for going on 35 years now and reports from every continent except Asia which, as an avid surfer, Im sure hes been to more than a few times. His writing is also widely acclaimed, winning several awards, both national and international. (The New Yorker online, accessed February 5, 2020) So, I ...more
Haoyan Do
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love books like "Open", "“Tracy Austin Broke My Heart”
Recommended to Haoyan by: Audible
I didn't think I would like this book, but after reading it, I do like it. The only regret is that it is too short and I would like it to be longer, with more characters, more climbing stories, more dangerous situations etc. The book really piqued my interest in the life of climber. The only other sports books I've read is from Agassi "Open", and Nadal's "Rafa". "Open" is such a great book that it really encouraging me to read more sports books. Yet many years have passed, I haven't read sports ...more
Laurie Allin
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, 2020
Memoir of Pulitzer Prize winner, William Finnegan, who I'd never heard of but apparently is great writer and surfer - winning the Pulitzer for his memoir about surfing and his teenage daughter, Mollie, as they discover the world of rock climbing. As someone who has climbed off and on for the last 25 years and had a kid on a competitive climbing team this wasn't all that exciting. He took great care to explain all the lingo and terminology, which is great for people not familiar with the world of ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was an Audible Original short audio book. It was read by the author, Bill Finnegan, which I thought was especially good because it detailed his journey with his daughter. Like so many parents, he tended to push his daughter into activities like soccer and swimming. But like so many children, she resisted. That is, until she found her niche - climbing.

What I thought was awesome about this story was how Bill Finnegan joined his daughter in her love of climbing while avoiding the trap of
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I dont normally think of myself as a biography type of person, but I found this book enjoyable. That may be because I enjoyed the father-daughter relationship shared in the book. I have my own kids, a daughter and a handful of sons, and each relationship is different and special. Weve never found our things to bond over quite like these two did, but I still enjoy each of my kids.

Anyhow, there are numerous technical terms in the book, but the author does a great job of explaining them when he
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook-listen
I enjoyed this quick listen partially because I am interested by rock climbing and also because it reminded me so much of a parenting talk my husband and I went to years ago. The speaker talked about how showing interest in what your kids like will lead you to learn and discover so much. The author at first tried to get his daughter to do other interests but not ones she loved. Rock climbing was something that was hers and when she got into it and then he followed her along in the ride, it was ...more
James Thomas
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a fun audiobook about a father's perspective on his daughters interest in rock climbing. While I know nothing about the sport of rock climbing, I do know a little about being the father of a little girl (five times now). It was a fun listen. This father obviously loves his daughter very much and it shows in his writing. As far as seeing a child do better than the parent in something, from an outsiders point of view, there is a problem; however, as a parent, all I ever want for any of my ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have no climbing experience and know of no one close who does. Therefore the introduction to the sport was educational. As a sociologist, I was interested in the relationships that form within the sport and within the father-daughter relationship explained. Those connections found in the sport were interesting. The way the author talks about his daughter--no so interesting. Actually, at times, it felt creepy. It may be because I listened to him rather than read the book, thus catching the ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Very well written, gentle, story of a father and his daughter. Simply chronicles parts of the complex relationship between parent and child. I have an incredibly fond story for my own father daughter story so it spoke to me on that level - as well as the level of having complex yet beautiful relationship with my 3 kids. I'm also a fan of any kind of outdoor nature activity. William Finnegan reads the audio version - and he has a pleasant voice and it made for enjoyable commuting.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
This book was mostly just okay, as I'm not really sure why this needed to be written in the first place. It's a very loving story about one man's journey of growing into a supportive and more hands-on father when his daughter displays interest and aptitude in a sport (climbing) that he knows nothing about. There are no 'big moments' of revelation or events, it was mainly anecdotal. It's endearing and cute but seemed overly simple to me.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a short, well-written piece that explores how Finnegans relationship with his daughter expanded and deepened when she started and then subsequently fell in love with climbing. Finnegans insights about the culture, joy, and risk of climbing were fascinating and layered nicely upon his meditation on aging, parent-child relationships, and sport. Finnegan is an excellent narrator of his work and I enjoyed the bonus interview. ...more
Thom Stratton
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
This was pleasant to listen to on several levels. I have a daughter who rock climbs, and who got me to try it, so I understood how the author and his daughter find it so easy to enjoy it--and I understood most of the lingo. But more so, the heart of this story is a parent and child bonding over shared enthusiasms, something I've seen in my own family with all three of my kids. This book is as much about finding ways to be involved in your children's lives as anything.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a book I downloaded to listen to while my husband and I went on a camping trip and had several hours to drive both ways. He loves to climb so I thought this would be entertaining. It was so boring and hard to get to the end. It is basically the dad talking on and on about the people and places they go while she learn to climb.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Athletic father somewhat baffled by non-sports oriented daughter is relieved when she takes up climbing. This is the story of that father being supportive, learning to love rock climbing himself, and their treks in the US, Canada and Mexico. I loved descriptions of his amazement at his daughter as well as his own descriptions of his own fears and his continuous self-deprecating descriptions.
Brianna Probasco
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Endearing story of father and daughter, but as I am not a rock climber I had some trouble relating. Finnegan is a good writer, but he seemed stretched to make this into a full length book. There was some evolution of his daughter and their relationship, but overall there wasn't much going on, more of a love letter to his daughter.
Omar Bajaber
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a sudden urge to go climbing!

The audiobook is well narrated by the author himself as he tells an endearing story of the growing bond between father and daughter over his daughters passion for climbing that he begins to pick up as well.
There's also a lot of insight into the world of climbing to pique the interest of non climbers
Jamie Suter
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short story from a rock climbers fathers perspective. It was interesting that he started to climb as well, it it seems a bit short. Since Mollie is not very vocal. I fee like a book from her perspective would be much more interesting and useful in reading this in relation to climbing. ...more
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William Finnegan is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has won several awards for his journalism and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his work "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life."

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