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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendell Jamieson Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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A New York Times editor sets out to answer the peculiarly marvelous questions of his precocious young son: and winds up on an unexpected journey of his own.

Wendell Jamieson's son, Dean, has always had a penchant for...odd questions. Dad, he asked, apropos of nothing, what would hurt more: getting run over by a car, or getting stung by a jellyfish? Dad, why do policemen like donuts? What's it feel like to get stabbed? Does Mona Lisa wear shoes? Can I cook my sister?

Because Dad was a newspaperman, he decided to seek out answers: and got swept up in the hunt. He spoke to movie directors and ship captains and brain surgeons and stabbing victims and lottery winners and museum curators and politicians and judges and compulsive shoppers and mothers-in-law and magicians - even Yoko Ono and a dominatrix.

But what began as a lark quickly grew into something larger. Blending a charming father-son journey with the surprising, sometimes hilarious questions and answers it spawned, Father Knows Less offers a heartwarming exploration of that childlike curiosity that lives within us all.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey | 2/15/2014

    " Great book. Funny. I remember asking some of the same questions myself as a kid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 1/23/2014

    " A fun and memory provoking read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jazmin | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting concept, but falls flat in the execution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bekah | 1/20/2014

    " Quick read. Three hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McPhee | 1/20/2014

    " a fun book - with lots of grt stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/11/2013

    " Good for patents or those that love kids odd questions. Funny and informative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George Dimitrov | 12/9/2013

    " Jamieson struggles to make his book interesting, but comes short. In fact the book seams to be of little importance, which is sad. Patrick Lawlor is great thou. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/13/2013

    " The questions and answers are more interesting than Jamieson's anecdotes about his family life, but it's still informative. You'll almost certainly learn three things you wanted to know and one thing that you could have lived without. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yameen Salahuddin | 7/14/2013

    " hate to say it, but this book kind of sucks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicoal | 3/29/2013

    " If you can get past the feel that the author really adores himself and is amazed at his own parenting abilities, it's a quick, interesting read. It did feel a little like I was reading someone's blog, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva Leger | 1/21/2013

    " I have to admit kind of skipping through some pages on thsi one which is something I normally don't allow myself to do. It's a decent book I suppose but unless you're wondering the answers to the all the questions in the book it gets boring....FAST. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Klinkman | 12/24/2012

    " Interesting...easy read. Keep in car for idle moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syafiqa | 10/22/2012

    " This is really cute :) though a bit lengthy at times, but hey I learned something new too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 6/14/2012

    " This book is totally cute. I love the way experts took off-the-wall questions from kids they don't know as serious business. Lots of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 5/20/2012

    " My daughter-in-law, Mandy, lent me this book. It was an enjoyable read, perfect for my bus ride to and from work. I learned a lot of fun facts. Learning why fire flies light up was rather interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 4/14/2012

    " Anyone who has had children will recognize the questions that come out of the mouth of babes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/19/2012

    " I loved the idea of this book, but found that the book itself lost my interest in places - especially during the author's exposition. But the questions and answers were fascinating, and I really thought the idea of finding expert answers to childrens' questions was brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/15/2011

    " It is interesting the way dad goes about looking for answers to his son's (typical 3 and 4 year old) questions. The answers he got were in the most part satisfying. I sort of liked the author's father's made-up answers to questions better, though. A pleasant read for a snowy, cold morning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 5/12/2011

    " The questions and answers are more interesting than Jamieson's anecdotes about his family life, but it's still informative. You'll almost certainly learn three things you wanted to know and one thing that you could have lived without. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/26/2009

    " a fun book - with lots of grt stories
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey | 7/21/2009

    " Great book. Funny. I remember asking some of the same questions myself as a kid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 7/20/2009

    " Anyone who has had children will recognize the questions that come out of the mouth of babes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 3/12/2009

    " This book is totally cute. I love the way experts took off-the-wall questions from kids they don't know as serious business. Lots of fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George | 10/24/2008

    " Jamieson struggles to make his book interesting, but comes short. In fact the book seams to be of little importance, which is sad. Patrick Lawlor is great thou. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ?Eva? | 7/19/2008

    " I have to admit kind of skipping through some pages on thsi one which is something I normally don't allow myself to do. It's a decent book I suppose but unless you're wondering the answers to the all the questions in the book it gets boring....FAST. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 6/9/2008

    " A fun and memory provoking read. "

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About the Author

Wendell Jamieson, city editor for the New York Times, has been a newspaperman for twenty years. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, acclaimed nonfiction author Helene Stapinski, and their two children, three-year-old Paulina and seven-year-old Dean—who figures prominently in Father Knows Less.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.