All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Fifteenth Anniversary Edition Reconsidered, Revised, & Expanded With Twenty-Five New Essays
Narrated by: Robert Fulghum
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times best seller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now, seven million copies later, Fulghum returns to the book that was embraced around the world. He has written a new preface and twenty-five essays, which add even more potency to a common piece of wisdom: the most basic concepts 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 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.

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Absolutely Wonderful

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.

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LIFE LESSONS THAT REALLY MATTER!

This is at least my tenth reading of All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. In all honesty, It's probably more like 16 times.

With this updated edition ( albeit, a 2003 edition) I have developed an even greater appreciation for Mr. Fulghum's insights, wit, and wisdom. Every essay speaks to the reader, to a greater or lesser degree, based on what they are experiencing at the time. Robert reminds me of a modern day Mark Twain, as he tells stories of his childhood, then of his grandchildren, and how it all relates to kindergarten "lessons".

The cherry on this Sunday is that Mr. Fulghum narrarates the book. Most authors should be able to deliver a convincing oral rendition of their work, but Robert's pleasing voice ... with an occasional undertone of mischief... gives the listener a sense of moving through time with the author as he relived the content of each essay.

My 17 year old son is now listening because he heard me laughing so much and exclaiming aloud ... forgetting I was wearing headphones ... that he had made a good point or some such.

All I can say is: Buy the Book. It is a classic.

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Highly entertaining, touching, and inspirational

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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Great Read!

This book is a great short read and best of all, it is read to you by the author. Nice collection of short stories and lessons learned about life by the author. He goes into different experiences he has had personally and also gives his own spin on stories he has read and heard in life.

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a good book to grow on

love it very up lifting thank you I would recommend it to others very interesting

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Guess they didn't teach narration in kindergarten?

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.

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Pure Grit & Determination Imagination

WARNING: This book has the ability to come alive in a magical & powerful way. The effects of this book encapsulate childhood, childlike memories

The pages of this book are full of, one of a kind, unique love, excitement, pure ecstasy, laughter, joy, tears & uncontrollable deep emotions.

So remember the warning above & buckle your seatbelts if you dare to open this book

This book is an epic gateway to your childhood.. ARemarkable depth & energy can be found in Fulghum’s, extraordinary, imaginative imagination &, with that in mind, proceed with caution while on this kindhearted kindergarten journey

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One of the best!

Robert Fulghum is the wise and funny friend everyone wishes they had for their very own.

As for the reviewer who said he had a boring voice -- RIDICULOUS! He has a wonderful, soothing, friendly, loving voice.

I highly recommend this audio book and it's companion book. I read the original book, and now I'm hearing him read it; and all the new essays are just as good as the original.

Get it, and get a new perspective on life!

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Wonder

I read the first edition of Kindergarten during the summer between the 7th and a 8th grades; that was 19 years ago. The book has had a profound impact on me and in many ways has served as a trove of philosophies that got me the rest of the way through adolesence. I believe it is a wonderful treasure to have this on audible.

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reader slow but VERY enjoyable

the tone of the reader is slow and soft. it takes a but to get used to it, but the stories were real and relateable. it is a Chrisman book, but he expresses his opinion of God is a kind, non threatening way and never directly preaches about God. only comments that he is a pastor and sometimes inserts his beleifes. again, not threatening at all. it was a great audiobook.

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  • 06-25-15

Extremely good book. Very well read.

Very good book and read beautifully. Dear Robert, I have no idea if you get to see this review but if you do. Thank you. Do you have any advise for someone starting to write their first book ?

James

handrewjames@googlemail.com

God bless