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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Russell Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780061901003
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“Bill Russell was the greatest team basketball player ever….[He] has produced a moving tribute to his friend and, in a larger sense, to friendship.”

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In Red and Me, Boston Celtics basketball legend Bill Russell pays homage to his mentor and coach, the inimitable Red Auerbach. A poignant remembrance of a life-altering relationship in the tradition of Big Russ and Me and Tuesdays With Morrie, Red and Me tells an unforgettable story of one unlikely and enduring friendship set against the backdrop of the greatest basketball dynasty in NBA history.

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  • [Auebach] was extraordinarily intelligent, fearless, and sensitive to what would bring out the best in those around him. Russell understands these characteristics and has produced a moving tribute to his friend and, in a larger sense, to friendship. 

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  • “Fernandez's eloquent delivery will have listeners savoring every syllable of this audiobook.”

    AudioFile

  • “Bill Russell is a private, complex man, but on the subject of his love of Red Auerbach and his Celtic teammates, he's loud and clear. He might object to my use of the word ‘love,’ but deny it though you will, Mr. Russell, that's what sits at the heart of this beautiful book.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chamique Holdsclaw | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed reading about the Coach/Athlete relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Sheppard | 2/6/2014

    " I really connected with this book on many levels. For one many of the times Russell describes I can relate to as a young athlete myself. Throughout my athletic career I have gotten to know many coaches; some that I have gotten along with and others that I didn't. Out of reading this book I have learned to pull out what different things I ended up learning from each one of them. I now notice how my coach perceives our body language, how we work with each other , and so many other aspects that he puts into who plays where and when. This book really made me open my eyes about sports,relationships, friendship, and respect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/4/2014

    " If you like the NBA and its history, you'll enjoy this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jed | 2/1/2014

    " I thought red and me was a great description of a true bond between two men who cared deeply about each other and they cared so much about each other they didn't have to tell them that. It was also a great look at basketball back then where as if you went against your coach you would be on the bench where as red knew bill was a great player and liked his style and saw something in him no one else saw. The revolution of defense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barry Bridges | 1/19/2014

    " I am stunned that Bill Russell had a coauthor to write this. I had great hopes for some snippets of wisdom or some insight into the character of one or the other. The only take away is that Red let Bill do his own thing and that worked for Bill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby | 1/1/2014

    " A subtle reminder on how to be a friend and a lesson on how to be a better man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Delisle | 11/22/2013

    " Reading Bill Russell's account of his relationship with Red Auerbach, one comes away with a clearer understanding on how the Celtics of that era became such persistently successful champions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/30/2013

    " A must read for a Celtic fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Couch | 10/5/2013

    " An intimate exploration of a lifelong friendship, with great anecdotes for NBA fans and important lessons from a life well lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 9/30/2013

    " Two of my all time heros. It was a good read and a great description of what real friendship is all about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Ernst | 8/23/2013

    " There's a lot of talk about the game of basketball, which some people might not like. However, the discussion of the racial issues of the time, in the NBA and among fans and coaches, is really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/17/2013

    " Easy read, touching. Nothing too earth-shattering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raysean | 4/7/2013

    " This was one of my favorite books i've ever read during the summer Bill Russell is now one of my favorite basketball players because of this book.If any one were to write about a basketball player it should be him or Micheal Jordan I give this book 5 stars and would recomend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenard | 3/25/2013

    " Great book about an unassuming, unconditional bond between two legends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Dean | 3/1/2013

    " A quick, insightful read into the relationships of two very different and very dominant men in the sports world. There are some interesting stories scattered throughout, along with some quotes and lessons available for application by all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Holencik | 2/17/2013

    " I knew who Bill Russell was before I read his book. I have no interest in basketball. My interest is in peoples stories. I found Bill Russell's values and mine are much the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/29/2013

    " A very enjoyable book for anyone interested in basketball, race relations, friendship or leadership. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry Dullum | 4/14/2012

    " If you like that sort of thing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/31/2011

    " I enjoyed this book so much. Its focus was on respect, dignity, integrity and friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Penzkover | 11/22/2011

    " Very nice story of the friendship between these two men from different "tribes" who, together, changed the professional game of basketball and established the definition of "champion". Today's NBA players can learn a lot from Bill Russell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Lester | 10/4/2011

    " Was a very good.....about the struggles of black/athletes in the 50's & 60's. Learned not to try and change people...be friends, etc without changing them to fit your needs. Learned a lot about Red A. and Bill Russell. (4.5 hrs) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Parker | 8/6/2010

    " I picked this up just to learn more about my Celtics. Great book about friendship and the art of really listening to the needs of others. Love the little tidbits and learned how great Red really was as a coach and as man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 6/23/2010

    " The writing is a little choppy and simplistic, but Russel makes some great points about what makes a good coach and a good relationship period. A must read if you're a coach or a Celtics fan. "

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About the Author

Five-time NBA MVP and twelve-time All-Star, Bill Russell was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA championships. As a major league coach, Russell won two additional championships—the first African-American to do so. He is considered the father of the modern pro game and one of the most significant Americans of the twentieth century in sports. His three previous books include the national bestseller Russell Rules.

About the Narrator

Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.