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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (829 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Russert Narrator: Tim Russert, Joseph Buttler, Marc Cashman, Susan Denaker, Kathe Mazur, Arthur Morey, Staci Snell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781415934944
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What does it really mean to be a good father? What did your father tell you, that has stayed with you throughout your life? Was there a lesson from him, a story, or a moment that helped to make you who you are? Is there a special memory that makes you smile when you least expect it?

After the publication of Tim Russert’s number one New York Times bestseller Big Russ & Me, he received an avalanche of letters from daughters and sons who wanted to tell him about theirown fathers, most of whom were not superdads or heroes but ordinary men who were remembered and cherished for some of their best moments—of advice, tenderness, strength, honor, discipline, and occasional eccentricity.

Most of these daughters and sons were eager to express the gratitude they had carried with them through the years. Others wanted to share lessons and memories and, most important, pass them down to their own children.

This book is for all fathers, young or old, who can learn from the men in these pages how to get it right, and to understand that sometimes it is the little gestures that can make the big difference for your child. For some in this book, the appreciation came later than they would have liked. But asWisdom of Our Fathers reminds us, it isnever too late to embrace it.

From the father who coached his daughter in sports (and life), attending every meet, game, performance, and tournament, to the daughter who, after a fifteen-year estrangement, learned to make peace with her difficult father just before he died, to the son who came, at last, to appreciate the silent way his father could show affection, Wisdom of Our Fathers shares rewarding lessons, immeasurable gifts, and lasting values.

Heartfelt, humorous, engaging, irresistibly readable, and bound to bring back memories of unforgettable moments with our own fathers, Tim Russert’s new book is not only a fitting companion to his own marvelous memoir, but also a celebration of the positive qualities passed down from generation to generation.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/20/2014

    " Wonderful book. He is a great writer. My husband read it also. A great gift for every father and adult son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Lenihan | 2/18/2014

    " Wonderful book but be sure to keep a box of tissues near by. I couldn't get past the introduction without balling my eyes out. Really great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 2/13/2014

    " Finished the book. It is sad, funny, inspirational and makes anyone, whether a father or a child, think about relationship. Recommend it to all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Subalusky | 2/9/2014

    " An enjoyable book of letters from a range of people telling remembrances of their Father. The book is best read by a new Father while he still has a chance to affect what his children perceive of him. This book gets my five stars because not only is it an easily read,enjoyable, and interesting book, but it was given to me by my Daughter Leah, one of the few very very special persons in my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Moore | 1/26/2014

    " It gives some intersting insight into fatherhood. If you have or ever had a father you will enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/25/2014

    " this was a fast sweet read. I felt so sad when Tim Russert died and this is just a reminder of the amazing person he was. I wish he could have stayed around a while longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indlibrarystaff | 1/22/2014

    " Made the mistake of getting this on audio. Driving and crying your heart out doesn't mix! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 1/21/2014

    " What a great collection of letters. I loved every minute of this book. I am waiting to read Big Russ and Me. Everyone should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci Floyd | 1/18/2014

    " What an inspiring book! I adored this book. The letters from children about their fathers were very touching. My favorite quote was on page 112 and it was "Grief is the price we pay for love." I will save this book to reread when I feel sentimental about my own parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/7/2014

    " Many of these stories were extremely powerful and touching. Others were simply heart-wrenching. Overall, a collection of stories that should not be missed. I also enjoyed the intermitent words of wisdom and thoughts from Tim Russert. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/6/2014

    " This book wasn't nearly as good as Big Russ and Me, but most likely because Russ didn't write it himself. Touching at times, but sort of a let down to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/6/2014

    " A beautiful tribute to all fathers of "the Greatest Generation" "

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

    " Tim Russert put together one of the books that would strike the heart of anyone who reads it. This book brought tears to my eyes continuously as I thought of my own Dad. This is a MUST READ by anyone who ever had a Dad that means/meant anything to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Psherbow | 12/25/2013

    " This is such a universal book.Peoples letters were quite moving, struck such an emotional cord with me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milly | 12/23/2013

    " I didn't read the first book, but I enjoyed this one. It is a series of letters from children re their fathers, so you can put it down and pick it up without losing track. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 12/14/2013

    " i enjoy reading books of letters. it is a window to peoples lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karijean31 | 12/11/2013

    " I liked his memoir better but this was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wil Freve | 12/10/2013

    " Fabulous account of lessons learned from many contributors' fathers. Presented in bite sized pieces, each story is moving and forces one to reflect on their own relationship with their father. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpiepkorn | 10/29/2013

    " I read russert's books in the wrong order. I read Wisdom of our fathers first, and Big Russ 2nd. I actually enjoyed Wisdom of our Fathers a little more since it gave you such a wide range of emotions that people felt for for their dads. This book makes you laugh, or tear-up with the turn of a page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Caldwell | 7/30/2013

    " Lots of great stories that brought back memories of my own father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/29/2013

    " This book was a great read. "

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

    " This is a follow-up to "Big Russ and Me." He recounts letters received from sons and daughters. So much reminded me of my dad. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/27/2012

    " Whether you're a father or ever had a father figure in your life, this book is a nice reminder of the little things dads do that remain in our hearts and matter most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/6/2012

    " A must read! This one will make you think or re-think your relationship with your Dad. My brother sent it to me and told me I had to read it. It's a series of letters sent to Russert after he wrote "Big Russ and Me," where people told of their Dads. Read it, you won't regret it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 10/29/2011

    " LOVED this book. I want to read it every year once I have kids to remember these lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 10/22/2011

    " A must read! This one will make you think or re-think your relationship with your Dad. My brother sent it to me and told me I had to read it. It's a series of letters sent to Russert after he wrote "Big Russ and Me," where people told of their Dads. Read it, you won't regret it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 May | 9/21/2011

    " Though I really enjoyed this book, I think I like Big Russ more. Still, it is a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 9/17/2011

    " Amazing book of letters written to Tim Russert about our relationships with our dads. It is especially touching reading about Tim Russert's relationship with his dad and his son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/3/2011

    " Fathers are appreciated more as we get older and realize how smart they truely are. There is a great deal of wisdom in this book by average people. This is a great book to carry while traveling as it can be picked up and read off and on without problem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 7/12/2011

    " I love Tim Russert! I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/14/2011

    " Wonderful book but be sure to keep a box of tissues near by. I couldn't get past the introduction without balling my eyes out. Really great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/10/2011

    " I listened to this audio book. It is a great tribute to fathers and made me contemplate how much I love my father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/19/2011

    " Like it less than Big Russ & Me which I read years ago. The vignettes got a bit boring. I did enjoy reminising about my dad at first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronica | 8/6/2010

    " the only thing I can say is "I love you, dad". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karijean31 | 5/10/2010

    " I liked his memoir better but this was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 4/13/2010

    " Great for a new dad. Lots in interesting memories of fathers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/23/2010

    " Nice collection of very sentimental vignettes about fathers, from their sons and daughters. I listened to the audio version and had to stop because the emotions were too strong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/3/2010

    " Read this if you haven't cried enough lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/29/2009

    " Great!!!!!!! we should ALL read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn91856 | 10/30/2009

    " I loved the variety of stories told about their dads. Everyone's experience is so different. Some of the stories were very tender, and I loved Tim Russert's chapter introduction with an ancedote about his dad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaclynn | 10/14/2009

    " Took away a little insight on how other perople look at their childhood "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxy | 10/11/2009

    " I loved this book. Very inspirational. It reminds me of all the things I like best about my own father, grandfather, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aldafan | 9/3/2009

    " This is a follow-up to "Big Russ and Me." He recounts letters received from sons and daughters. So much reminded me of my dad. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 9/3/2009

    " This book is amazing and really makes you appreciate DADS
    Especially you own. Loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 9/2/2009

    " Its a feel good book.....an easy listen "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/17/2009

    " This book wasn't nearly as good as Big Russ and Me, but most likely because Russ didn't write it himself. Touching at times, but sort of a let down to me. "

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About the Author
Author Tim RussertTim Russert is the moderator and managing editor of Meet the Press, and the Washington bureau chief of NBC News. He is married to Maureen Orth, and they have one son, Luke.
About the Narrators

Marc Cashman is a three-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.

Arthur Morey graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Staci Snell has worked in radio and as an elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as an actor. Her television credits include The Shield, The Division, and various commercials. As an audiobook narrator, her numerous titles include Sandra Brown’s Demon Rumm; Ann Rule’s Kiss Me, Kill Me; Sharon Rocha’s For Laci; and Jill Smolinski’s The Next Thing on My List.