I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)
It's like being at a dinner / party, with this self-absorbed, rambling girl, who just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...
But – and this is in no way meant as a snarky remark: the book might be best suited for women.
Not one from Brene Brown. Who by the way seems to have written like... a million books? I don't believe a person can write so many books, without lots of it being filler content.
The less books someone has written, can almost be seen as a positive sign that it'll be a positive, interesting listen/read. Paradoxically.
As another reviewer noted: Use a de-easing filter/effect on the voice track. The sibilance didn't help me get through this audiobook. Painful almoSSSt.
Younger people especially women
Personally, I was not taken with her way of reading.
I bought the book together with Brown's book on shame because I suffer from what I consider to be feelings of shame, but I did not find the insights I hoped for. The analysis provided, while surely useful to someone coming to grips with this kind of issues for the first time, seems too superficial; at least it does not get to the heart of what I am struggling with. As a result, the advice, which is good as far as it goes, is not of much use to me because I have gained no deeper understanding of what troubles me. I should perhaps specify that I have had more than a decade of psychotherapy and a lifelong interest in psychology and psychoanalysis — this is not to tout my "qualifications" (obviously I have nothing to boast about since all my efforts have not solved the problems that motivated me to buy this book) but to put my critical attitude into perspective, because I do not wish keep prospective readers with a different background from buying the book.
A De-essing filter on the narrators mic. Oh - and it being a decent book.
Not necessarily. Just books from Brene Brown.
A De-essing filter on the narrators mic.
A few here-and-there. But not worth working through all of the junk to get there.
Although there are a few minor tid-bits of useful information tucked here-and-there in this book - all of it is overshadowed by mostly self indulgent rambling.
If you consider yourself a free-thinker, athiest, agnostic, capitalist, etc.. Then you will likely have the same gagging reflex as I did in reading this book. If you accept jesus christ as your saviour and want to stroke an un-accomplished ego... then this book will do it.
It wasn't completely worthless and if Brene could separate her religion from her science, she might be on to something worthwhile. I have also learned not to trust book recommendations from James Altucher. It's been a while since I have read a horrible book. I guess it has to happen every once-and-a-while.
I got this book after listening to Brene Brown's wonderful TED talk. There is nothing more in this book than in the talk, except that the talk was 20 minutes long or so and this book is over 4 hours.
That being said, this book does serve the purpose of a good pick-you-up for someone feeling down. Its message is feel good about yourself, no one is perfect, you are good enough. There's nothing really wrong or arguable with that.
There are two things that did bother me. At some point she says to be happy all people MUST do creative art work. I don't agree and don't know why she says that. Also she talks a lot about how terribly she reacts to criticism, how devastated she was when some random person didn't like a photo she'd taken, which I felt was kind of like trying to manipulate me into not writing a bad review, it didn't work!
The reading was very good.
This is the first time I write a review. I often withhold negative review because I lecture often and I realize how devastating bad reviews can be. I love hearing Brene Brown deliver her Ted Talk, lectures, interviews with Oprah ect. Unfortunately, her success as a an orator is the yardstick that I held against narrator Laura Fortang. Bottom line for me, the content is good but the narration almost killed it for me. It was the first time that I felt I was watching a frothy tv show and not actually listening to a book with profound significance. Had I bother with listening to a sample of this book, I would had realize how uncomfortable I was with the narration. My humble advice, not a good selection for audible book, just read it on paper or tablet!
Narration felt very disconnected to the content of the book. The tone of the narration is highly animated at all times, even when the author is trying to convey vulnerability writing about intimate and or shameful experiences. Narrator seemed to lack sensitivity to navigate the different moods of the book.
The author talks a lot about her research, but the book is primarily about wishy washy touchy feely stuff ( love, joy, faith etc. ). There are some good points, but not backed up enough concrete evidence.
Yeah, nothing wrong with the narrator.
It was an okay book to listen to. It is among those in which you read, and you are not disappointed nor excited about spending your time on it.
Dale R Dreher
the content is world class, useful, important, so much so that it's subtleties shouldn't be delegated to someone else's voice. I think I am gonna return this for a more core work by Brene that is read in her own voice. I feel, from the listening of the first 20 minutes of this work that the Reader is not connected to the material the way I am or the way certain the author is. This is spiritual material, it should be read by the author in my opinion.
The Spirituality of Imperfection
Sure but nothing this deep and spiritual.
I'm a big fan of Non-Fiction, mostly business, marketing, and self-help. I really like books that tell you both why AND how to do something.
I was fortunate to have listened to this audiobook before I found out about Brené Brown's successful TED talks, and more recently her latest bestseller, "Daring Greatly".
In my opinion, you can actually get just as much (if not more), out of this shorter book than you can with "Daring Greatly". Although Brené offers a short review of the concepts found in this book at the beginning of "Daring Greatly", I think the overview does not illustrate how powerful these principles and ideas can be.
I found this book, including the 10 guideposts she talks about, to be much more concise and it really hit the emotional nail on the head for me. This is one book that I have recommended to friends and family again and again.
I listen to a lot of these "personal development" audiobooks, and so it is rare that I find one that truly stands out among the rest. Do not overlook this book before diving into "Daring Greatly"! And if you've already read "Daring Greatly", then I think you'll find this book to be much more direct in focusing on what you can do personally to attack those feelings of being "not enough".
My only negative comment is that the narrator is really slow and is too muted and fluffy. After hearing Brené's TED talks, I really wish she would have read the books herself. If possible on your listening device, put this book on 1.25 to 1.50 speed and you won't miss a thing and you can finish in less time!
I was enthralled with the content of this book but ultimately became so annoyed with the reader's voice that I had to buy the book so that I could read the last part. The author comes across as a gutsy, "can do" kind of gal. Whenever Ms. Fortgang had to do an inflection, read an expletive, etc...the sweet sounding voice absolutely ruined the content. I've bought Brown's new book because she's the narrator.