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The Man I Never Met

A Memoir
Narrated by: Adam Schefter
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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A powerful true story of loss and hope by one of the biggest names in sports media. 

On September 11, 2001, Joe Maio went to work in the north tower of the World Trade Center. He never returned, leaving behind a wife, Sharri, and 15-month old son, Devon. Five years later, Sharri remarried, and Devon welcomed a new dad into his life. 

For thousands, the whole country really, 9/11 is a day of grief. For Adam and Sharri Maio Schefter and their family it’s not just a day of grief, but also hope. This is a story of 9/11, but it’s also the story of 9/12 and all the days after. Life moved on. Pieces were picked up. New dreams were dreamed. The Schefters are the embodiment of that. 

This book will give voice to all those who have chosen to keep living. It’s gratifying and beautiful. But also messy and hard. Like most families. Except that one day every year history comes roaring back. How do you embrace that? How do you honor that? 

The Man I Never Met is also a peek at Adam Schefter, the man behind the headlines and injury reports; a real person who has a real family. His book will follow in the path of recent ESPN books by Tom Rinaldi and the late Stuart Scott - books that have transcended sport to examine the raw emotion of life. 

Cover design by Jonathan Bush

©2018 Adam Schefter, Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Remembering a fallen father thru a family

Joe Maio perished in 911 leaving behind a wife, small son, a grieving family and friends. Adam Schefter shares his life before marrying Joe’s widow Shari and his commitment to keep Joe’s memories alive to all who knew him.

An outstanding story of understanding thru the eyes of the man living his dream.

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Wow

One of the best most inspirational riveting stories I’ve ever heard. What a couple of amazing men on this planet. What an incredibly strong woman Sherri is.

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I can’t say enough good things about this book!

I chose this book to help me better understand what my close friends who have lost a spouse go through. I love the hope and love story that came after such a devastating loss. I also wanted to hear Adam’s perspective as it hits close to home. I appreciated his honesty that it can be messy, untraditional and that’s okay.

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Perfect and real

The perfect story for helping a widow/er start over. Move forward. Adam’s recognition of Joe Mayo is amazing. This is special cause it’s not easy dating a widow. Everyone who might date a widow should read this.

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interesting book

I loved how open and honest Adam was in this book. What a great read.

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Incredible

What an amazing story. I know Schefter as a successful ESPN reporter, but this story gives a whole new perspective. It’s so well-written, so thought-provoking and inspiring. It’s an emotional read, but one that is so well worth it. I wish Adam and his new family all the best. This is a story that needed to be told. RIP Joe Maio.

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Amazing story

powerful story. I was moved. loved.it. Adam did a great job of telling this story. Awesome!

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Wonderful story that will tug on your heart strings

If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. It is wonderfully written and narrated by the author. Schefter gives an honest account of stepping into a family that was broken apart by the 9/11 attacks. His path to finding love and wholeness is beautiful and raw. He pays respect to his wife’s former husband in such a wonderfully way that I was moved to tears many times. Do yourself a favor and listen!!

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Not the best narration, but great story.

Adam read the book in a way that I felt like he was reading, rather than to get lost in the story with out thinking about it. Very interesting story though.

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Powerful

As a Widow now in a serious relationship with a Widower I found the story touching. It resonated with me as my new love and I often feel as if our late spouses are with us. We definitely feel that they had a hand in our meeting. We keep them alive in our memories by sharing their stories. We’ve incorporated them into our story. Like Adam, I too feel honored to be the next steward in a love relationship with another’s spouse—and I feel a responsibility to her husband and children to remember her to them frequently. I never met my new love’s late wife but I am thrilled I feel as if I know her via her husband and children. I’m glad to hear that Adam has had many of the same experiences. Thank you for sharing your family’s story.