The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King audiobook

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

By Maxwell King
Read by LeVar Burton

Oasis Audio
14.12 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.   The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in TV History & Criticism

A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in History/Biography

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2018

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for 2018

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Best Audiobooks of Fall

A BookPage Top Pick for September

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.
 
The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A superb, thoughtful biography of the brilliant Fred Rogers, who with his long-running television show, reached more children than any teacher ever…Much there is for all of us to learn in Maxwell King’s The Good Neighbor.David McCullough, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“King is a skilled storyteller who captures the essence of not only Rogers the person but also the very particular American scene that produced him.” Washington Post
“Burton is the perfect narrator for this wholly engaging book. His lively, warm reading fully involves the listener.” Library Journal (starred audio review)
“Burton warmly invites listeners into the life of American icon Fred Rogers…He also introduces Fred’s closest family members and friends, giving voice to their reminiscent quotes and positive commentary on Mr. Rogers as they knew him…Enhanced by Burton’s excellent narration, this exceptional audiobook honoring Fred Rogers is sure to encourage each listener to be a good neighbor. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“In King’s [The Good Neighbor]…the inimitable Mister Rogers becomes somehow even more enchanting…King’s book brims with anecdotes of intimate exchanges that highlight Rogers’ kindness and grace.” Booklist
“Rogers’ ideas will make readers want to cheer…In a time when antagonism seems to divide us, Rogers’ messages of authenticity, respect, and neighborliness continue to refresh.” BookPage

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Reviews

by Ryan Paul 5/15/2019
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American History Magazine Review Excerpt

Maxwell King affectionately relays how Fred Rogers’ mix of creativity, child psychology, and empathy made him America’s most influential neighbor. Correctly recognizing Rogers as a mild-mannered radical and champion of inclusivity, King shows why this television icon’s acumen has proven timeless. Adoringly read by his media peer, LeVar Burton, this audiobook celebrates the wisdom fueling Fred Rodgers’ relentless kindness

Author

Author Bio: Maxwell King

Author Bio: Maxwell King

Maxwell King is and author and the CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation. After a career in journalism, including eight years as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, he served as president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments for nearly a decade.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 14.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English