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  • What on Earth Have I Done?

  • Stories, Observations, and Affirmations
  • Written by: Robert Fulghum
  • Narrated by: Robert Fulghum
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins

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What on Earth Have I Done?

Written by: Robert Fulghum
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Publisher's Summary

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
  • 12-10-07

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
  • 26-12-15

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
  • 26-09-15

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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  • C. G. Hull
  • 31-01-23

Enlightening

So very entertaining. He truly is a wonderful story teller
Also enjoying some of his other books

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  • James Pelphrey
  • 11-08-21

wonderful just wonderful

Truly beautiful observations and stories that not only bring tears to the eyes but instill lessons on the appreciation of the ordinary everyday miracles.

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  • Todd Farquharson
  • 22-09-19

Classic Fulghum!

His writing and telling of stories slow the world down a bit, to an enjoyable pace. It's interesting to hear his reflections as an older man. Good stuff for Fulghum fans or for anyone that wants to do some thinking and reflecting and turn on their curious gland.

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  • Paul Freund
  • 15-11-18

Reflections on Life

This was another good book by Robert Fulghum. Just many good reflections on a life and a life we can identify with at times.

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  • Julie19
  • 10-03-18

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
  • 10-04-17

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
  • 05-05-16

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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  • Antoinette Ehmke
  • 21-11-22

Soul balm

This is what to listen when you need encouragement to keep going, when you've been drained by taking Life too seriously, or been emptied out by not taking life seriously enough.
Strong medicine, delivered gently.
Take it, you'll be replenished.