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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 Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739332184
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What does itreally 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 Timesbestseller about his father, 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 forall 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 thelittle gestures that can makethe 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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 2/17/2014

    " I miss Tim Russert. He was one of the good guys. The stories in this book will bring tears to your eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/12/2014

    " Definitely a thought-provoking, moving book! A must read for all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raj246 | 2/11/2014

    " Great. Easy to set down and pick up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed this one -- not quite as much as I enjoyed "Big Russ", but this one is readable, touching, and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/31/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/23/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/15/2014

    " A friend and colleague gave me a copy of this book a week or two after my father passed, and I read it while I composed a eulogy to be given the following month [as I type these words I'm still working on the eulogy]. The power in this collection of short pieces is in their ordinariness, and through it the news that love, respect, and formative experience is grounded for most of us in simple acts of loyalty, decency, attentiveness, and sacrifice. (Thanks, AR...) "

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

    " 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. "

  • 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" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/1/2014

    " Not much authorship here but a warm & fuzzy compilation of many folks saying nice things about Dad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trevor Mottishaw | 12/26/2013

    " Being a life long Republican I was a little leary of reading this book, however it was excellent and I would recommend it to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 12/23/2013

    " Though not entirely done with this book, I am savoring it. I am putting it on my read shelf, but continue to enjoy it a bit at a time. Our Dad's are SOportant to us. What memories Tim Russert left us with... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/22/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 12/22/2013

    " A must read for everyone...including daughters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/19/2013

    " 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 Tom | 11/28/2013

    " 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 Michael | 10/19/2013

    " 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 Jim Caldwell | 7/27/2013

    " 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 Dawn | 5/6/2013

    " 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 Duffy | 4/17/2013

    " Excellent - not sure I would have picked prior to his passing but offers wonderful glimpse into the lives and thoughts of fathers and adult children. Especially recommended if a father grew up in or around WWII. Helped me to see my father from a different perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Dean | 3/13/2013

    " A remarkable book. Funny, poignant, reaffirming. If you have a father or are a father, you need to read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.t. | 12/7/2012

    " Very neat book. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Msimon6986 | 9/3/2012

    " Wonderful book. Fantastic stories. A great follow-up to Big Russ and Me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/27/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 8/21/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaclynn | 8/9/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 8/8/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 7/22/2011

    " 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 Mike | 7/14/2011

    " Actually listening to this one too...it's getting boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Char | 7/1/2011

    " Wonderful read by one of my favorite commentators. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/25/2011

    " Loved this book! It illustrates in story after story how important a father's love is to his children. It can't be overestimated. It's very encouraging to read about the dignity and decency of the men discussed in this book. There's lots of spiritual food here to savor. "

  • 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.