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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hal Urban Narrator: Hal Urban Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9780743539210
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Life's Greatest Lessons is a wise, wonderful audiobook. In it Hal Urban -- a parent and an award-winning teacher -- presents twenty principles that are as deeply rooted in common sense as they are in compassion. The topics, gathered from a lifetime of teaching both children and adults, span a wide range of readily understood concepts, including attitudes about money, understanding the real meaning of "success," and the importance of having fun. This audiobook will help you find the best -- in the world, in others, and in yourself. Classic in its simplicity and enduring in its appeal, Life's Greatest Lessons helps us all rediscover that the desire to live a good life is timeless. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tremendously enriching book full of classic wisdom to live by.” 

    Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

  • “A wise and wonderful book. It will enrich anyone who reads it.” 

    Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People 

  • “With its timeless message for people of all ages, this book is going to become a classic. It should be in every home in America.” 

    Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Whale Done!™ 

  • “Hal Urban has put into bite-size pieces some of life’s most important truths. Read, learn, and enjoy!” 

    Laurie Beth Jones, author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Teach Your Team to Fish 

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don Gubler | 1/21/2014

    " Don't we already all know this? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa Cordova | 1/18/2014

    " I love this book for it's simplicity, yet also for it's depth. The author's passion for "character" and everything that word entails shines through on every page and he includes practical advice for how to realize the 20 truths in life. I read this once immediately after graduating from college 8 years ago, but I feel that I have the maturity to appreciate it more now. Highly recommend to all 20/30-somethings, products of the 80s/90s "self-esteem" movement, who wonder if there's "something more" to life that what we were taught as kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/12/2014

    " This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I revisit these life lessons at least once a year. The ideas are simple yet idealistic. If we all lived by these "rules," the world would be a better place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 12/23/2013

    " This book is very inspiring and reminds you of so many of those "common sense" things that you already know, but just really makes you remember them on a deeper level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/14/2013

    " This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and I've really liked both books. Great things to think about and tweak in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizhen | 11/28/2013

    " An awesome book that gives you all the advice you need to be a better person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 8/15/2013

    " this is the book to read when you feel you are loosing perspective!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesly Elie | 8/10/2013

    " Great book! It was very educational and it motivated me to keep on moving forward! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taryn | 7/23/2013

    " Simple yet wonderful. Great way to put things back in perspective and a great summer read to rejuvenate yourself. It's nothing we don't already know but it's nice to be reminded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/7/2013

    " "Its not how much we have, but how much we enjoy..." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/9/2013

    " Really more of a common sense book than very inspirational. I thought it was meant to have more of a Christian/Biblical slant but it was very neutral. Good thoughts but nothing hugely mind blowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Langley | 1/25/2013

    " This a great read. Time tested values, morals and lessons still apply today. Written by a teacher in an easy to read fashion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/26/2012

    " My Dad gave this book to every member of our family one Christmas and I have been so touched by so many of it's truths. One of my favorite bathroom books! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 10/4/2012

    " The best self development i ever read. Simple yet touching where it belong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/3/2012

    " Good book to start the year with. I enjoyed it, but felt overwhelmed at times by all the quotes. I felt like I should be writing most of them down and sticking them to my fridge or mirror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 11/28/2011

    " I think EVERYONE should read this book, it teaches a Wonderful lesson on making people happier and to notice the other people in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 11/24/2011

    " Don't try and read it like a novel. It has some good insights, just too much to read all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Baylor | 7/29/2011

    " I loved every page. Very inspiring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 6/13/2011

    " Great book... Just finished it. plan to reread it and take notes. Great read and reminds us of a lot of things we dont normally think about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goh | 5/30/2011

    " An awesome book that gives you all the advice you need in life. You'll be surprise how simple it is. For those who don't mind reading self-help or self-improvement books, this is a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 5/5/2011

    " Great Book and Great advice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kymberly | 3/21/2011

    " This is one of my all time favorites. It always gives me a good pick me up. I have read it at least 5 times!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/26/2011

    " "Its not how much we have, but how much we enjoy..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/14/2010

    " I loved every page. Very inspiring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goh | 9/20/2009

    " An awesome book that gives you all the advice you need in life. You'll be surprise how simple it is. For those who don't mind reading self-help or self-improvement books, this is a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizhen | 9/20/2009

    " An awesome book that gives you all the advice you need to be a better person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 7/10/2009

    " this is the book to read when you feel you are loosing perspective!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/3/2009

    " The best self development i ever read. Simple yet touching where it belong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/10/2009

    " Good book to start the year with. I enjoyed it, but felt overwhelmed at times by all the quotes. I felt like I should be writing most of them down and sticking them to my fridge or mirror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kymberly | 11/1/2008

    " This is one of my all time favorites. It always gives me a good pick me up. I have read it at least 5 times!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/5/2008

    " This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I revisit these life lessons at least once a year. The ideas are simple yet idealistic. If we all lived by these "rules," the world would be a better place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 8/19/2008

    " Great book... Just finished it. plan to reread it and take notes. Great read and reminds us of a lot of things we dont normally think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 6/16/2008

    " Don't try and read it like a novel. It has some good insights, just too much to read all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/2/2008

    " My Dad gave this book to every member of our family one Christmas and I have been so touched by so many of it's truths. One of my favorite bathroom books! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 12/30/2007

    " This book is very inspiring and reminds you of so many of those "common sense" things that you already know, but just really makes you remember them on a deeper level. "

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About the Author

Hal Urban was a high school teacher for many years and also taught at the University of San Francisco. He is a well-known leader in the character education movement and is in constant demand as a speaker at national conferences, schools, and community events. He raised three sons as a single father and now lives in Redwood City, California, with his wife.