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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Fifteenth Anniversary Edition Reconsidered, Revised, & Expanded With Twenty-Five New Essays

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert Fulghum

Narrated By: Robert Fulghum

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2003

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

Twenty-five years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo-a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Today, after being embraced around the world and selling more than seven million copies, Fulghum's book retains the potency of a common though no less relevant piece of wisdom: that the most basic aspects of life bear its most important opportunities.
Here Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow, and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental United States. The little seed in the Styrofoam cup offers a reminder about our own mortality and the delicate nature of life . . . a spider who catches (and loses) a full-grown woman in its web one fine morning teaches us about surviving catastrophe . . . the love story of Jean-Francois Pilatre and his hot-air balloon reminds us to be brave and unafraid to "fly" . . . life lessons hidden in the laundry pile . . . magical qualities found in a box of crayons . . . hide-and-seek vs. sardines-and how these games relate to the nature of God. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is brimming with the very stuff of life and the significance found in the smallest details.
In the editions since the first publication of this book, Robert Fulghum has had some time to ponder, to reevaluate, and to reconsider, adding fresh thoughts on classic topics including, after twenty-five years, a short new Introduction.
Perhaps in today's chaotic, more challenging world, these essays on life will resonate even more deeply-as readers discover how universal insights can be found in ordinary events.
Praise for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
"A healthy antidote to the horrors that pummel us in this dicey age."-Baltimore Sun
"Within simplicity lies the sublime."-San Francisco Chronicle
"It is interesting how much of it applies not only to individuals, grown or small, but even to nations."-New York Daily News
"As universal as fresh air and invigorating as the fragrance of a Douglas fir."-Los Angeles Times
Author
Robert Fulghum is a writer, philosopher, and public speaker, but he has also worked as a cowboy, a folksinger, an IBM salesman, a professional artist, a parish minister, a bartender, a teacher of drawing and painting, and a father. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten has inspired numerous theater pieces that have captivated audiences across the country. Fulghum is also the author of many New York Times bestsellers, including It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, Uh-Oh, and Maybe (Maybe Not), as well as two plays: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas. He has also written two novels: Third Wish and If You Love Me Still, Will You Love Me Moving?
Reviews
"A healthy antidote to the horrors that pummel us in this dicey age."-Baltimore Sun

"Within simplicity lies the sublime."-San Francisco Chronicle

"It is interesting how much of it applies not only to individuals, grown or small, but even to nations."-New York Daily News

"As universal as fresh air and invigorating as the fragrance of a Douglas fir."-Los Angeles Times

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  • Gabriele L

    This was the best book out of my summer reading assignment. The narrator is indeed a bit mundane but, if you put the speed up to X1.25 it's bearable.

  • Ray in Tampa

    This book is a collection of short stories about life, there are no specific fact or figures or data. It’s a good review of some basic and important life lessons, so it’s worth reading. But it’s very “folksy” and written from the point of view of an ex-preacher. His voice can be soothing at times, but a little – what’s the word, maybe patronizing? – at times.

  • Anonymous

    This would have been easier to listen to if the author/narrator didn't sound half asleep all the time. some of it was amusing and interesting. Not my favorite book.

  • Anonymous

    It seemed kind of slow at first, maybe even boring. When I really started to listen and give the stories a chance, I found it touches your heart and reminds you of the little things in life that really do remind you of love. And therefore matter. I found the stories insightful, positive and uplifting. Inspiring hope and sincerity into my life. While depressed and self centered, I found that relating to other peoples life events is human and love. Opening my mind and inviting love, I am glad I picked up this audiobook. Thank you.

  • Ms. Gayle

    This audio book is just plain great! heartwarming...delightful....hopeful I agree 100% all we really need to know was for most of us taught in kindergarten.....NOW I realize why I missed and cherished that time in my life like no other

  • Anonymous

    I loved the book and the reader. I would recommend this to anyone, and would listen to it again sometime! This is a classic.

  • Tom Marchi

    This one didn't do it for me. The author seems like a really nice person, and he had some very cute little stories, but I really didn't see any point to most of them. Maybe I'm just too shallow!

  • Anonymous

    The narrator is a drone--I didn't last 5 mins with the monotonous cadence and boring narration.

  • Bryan Parlee

    Waste of Time. read in a monotone voice. This may have been a good book a long time a go but please.

  • Brandi Clark

    I absolutely loved this book. The narrator's voice was soothing, NOT boring. He told the stories with great zest and comedy. I highly recommend the book to anyone and everyone.