Here Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental USA. The love story of Jean-Francois Pilatre and his hot air balloon reminds us to be unafraid to "fly"...life lessons hidden in the laundry pile...magical qualities found in a box of crayons. 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 years that have passed since the first publication of this book, Robert Fulghum has had some time to ponder, to reevaluate and to reconsider. Here are those fresh thoughts on classic topics, right alongside the wonderful new essays. Perhaps in today's more challenging world, these essays on life will resonate more deeply as listeners discover how universal insights can be found in ordinary events.
©2003 Robert Fulghum; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division of Random House, Inc.
I have never written a review before (have been an audible subscriber for over a year), however, I had to take the time to recommend this book to others. It is a compilation of wonderful stories that will make you laugh, smile, cry, cheer, and just be glad your alive. It is not over done, preachy, or syrupy. I listened to it on a recent trip and it made me reassess all that is good in my life. I guarantee the stories will be remembered for years.
Not only is he a great story teller, he has lived an interesting, rich life. I found myself looking forward to the commute to and from work just so that I could listen to his book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has time to listen. It is easy to follow his stories and unlike some books, it translates beautifully to audio.
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A great book with some really interesting and educational topics. No doubt about it, one will become a better person from listening to this. BUT with that said, I wish the author got an actual narrator to read this book as Fulghum's boring voice put me to sleep.
The content was superb. The delıvery was poor. I liked thıs book but was really not happy he should have had someone else read ıt!
If your are a lover of true simplicity, you'll understand . If your a fan of the complexity of life, one day you'll understand, (IT) really is just that simple.
What a disappointment. I've had this book on my list for awhile now since it was a bestseller 20 years ago. I usually enjoy these types of books. I've bought over 50 Audible books and this is only the second time I had trouble finishing the book because it was dreary.
The first problem is that Mr. Fulghum sounds like an old hippy grandpa. He sighs after every other sentence as if he is pondering some profound wisdom from his stories. I'm willing to give him benefit of the doubt because he is an old man and he is the book's author. But I think a more energetic, younger narrator would have put some life into his old essays.
The second problem is the stories themselves are not that interesting. Some of them barely seem to have a point and they are very simplistic (they really are on a kindergarten level). Not to mention they are partially fictitious (he admits) which seems to dilute their meaning for me. I guess my expectations were too high based on the "name" the book had made for itself over the years.
My conclusion is that this book was popular in 1986 (pre-Internet days) for what it was: feel good trite stories. But I think there are better, more current books out there. These stories have not stood the test of time and neither has Mr. Fulghum.
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