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Robert Fulghum's new book begins with a question we've all asked ourselves: "What on earth have I done?" As Fulghum finds out, the answer is never easy and, almost always, surprising.

For the last couple of years, Fulghum has been traveling the world, from Seattle to the Moab Desert to Crete, looking for a few fellow travelers interested in thinking along with him as he delights in the unexpected: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, pots of daffodils blooming in mid-November, and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language.

What on Earth Have I Done? is an armchair tour of everyday life as seen by Robert Fulghum, one of America's great essayists, a man who has two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Fulghum writes to his fellow travelers, with a sometimes light heart, about the deep and vexing mysteries of being alive and says, "This is my way of bringing the small boat of my life within speaking distance of yours. Hello."

©2007 Robert Fulghum (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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  • Carolyn
  • 12-10-2007

Healing words

What a delight this book is, from beginning to end! All of the stories are simple and wonderful; told by the author in his soothing, smiling and knowing voice. Robert Fulghum states in one of his essays that he wishes he could have spent time with his grandfather--I wish Robert Fulghum WAS my grandfather! Instead, I am inspired to look about more closely in my world, to see if I can spot the wonder, humor and softness so often hidden behind the unescapable war, trauma and nonsense which crowd the headlines. If the author is not an official Zen master, he's certainly one in my mind--and my newest hero. I am grateful that I stumbled across this book. Should you, like me, be looking for something to soothe your ragged souls, you will find solace here. A sheer delight in every way!

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  • Marc
  • 26-12-2015

Inspirational

This audiobook, as with all of Robert Fulghum's works, leaves the listener with a sense of inspiration and hope. His stories are so much more than stories. They are deep teachings masterfully disguised as simple stories. You can never go wrong reading or listening to anything created by this wonderful, amazing man.

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  • Alok Kumar Sharma
  • 26-09-2015

Amazing outlook on very simple things

It is amazing book by Mr Robert
life's biggest lessons from such simple things as watching a sunrise to working of a round mirror ... from a janitor's right thing to do to simply eating a chair to a father's Christmas gift... thanks for the such a awesome book... it was very good listening.. though the stories may make you cry....

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  • Julie19
  • 10-03-2018

Beautiful

If you could sum up What on Earth Have I Done? in three words, what would they be?

nonpreachy everyday wisdom

Have you listened to any of Robert Fulghum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but this reading is wonderful

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This book is full of stories that offer insights, optimism, and color to even the dreariest of days.

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  • Garret Beaupre
  • 10-04-2017

An enjoyable good listen

I thoroughly enjoy listening to Robert Fulghum essays and short stories. I find them meaningful, fun, and wholesome. A wonderful collection of thoughtful and inspirational works that are heartfelt jem's.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-2016

Memories

As always I love Robert Fulghum. His unique thoughts and commentary on his world and the things and the people he comes in contact with make me stop and appreciate some else's point of view. This is my first audio book. I chose it specifically because it was Fulghum's and he was the narrator. I was doing a lot of long distance driving and I needed something like a conversation I could follow. What better than the man with "uncommon thoughts on common things"? He sounded just as I imagined, like someone I could sit down with and have wonderfully long conversations. Someone I could while away with about nothing, anything, and everything. I had originally written so much more but found it couldn't be published.

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  • Dan
  • 18-05-2015

Simply Love Fulghum's essays

really enjoyable book, full of life and wisdom that is found in a simple but wee lived life.

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  • Dan
  • 29-12-2012

A huge fan of the author.

If you could sum up What on Earth Have I Done? in three words, what would they be?

It is a funny and touching collection of thoughts and stories. I have long been a fan of the author, and this book was an amazing addition to the collection.

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I wish they had hired a narrator. While Mr Fulghum is an incredibly gifted writer it seems like he is reading the stories instead of telling them. He breaks the trend periodically and it is amazing. I wish he would just tell the stories.