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.
Avid reader, but new to Audible.
One of the best.
So many. I really connected with what Brene Brown said multiple times.
I liked the personal bits the author shared, notably talks with her husband.
You saw the TED talk, now here's the whole-hearted story.
I really enjoyed this book. I am not saying I am totally healed and do not worry what other people think of me anymore but I do try and stop myself from worrying so much now. I would definitely recommend this book and actually already recommended it to several people.
When she was saying we recycle, we pick up our dogs poop, we try and look decent all for other people when sometimes we don't feel like doing these things. We do it to make others happy.
I made it till the 7th chapter but the entire time I felt like I was listening to the Introduction. The book just stayed at her telling stories of her past failures and shame. No meat, all cotton candy that rapidly melted into nothing.
The narrator was good. The book was boring.
Disappointment and overriding boredom.
Love the book. Brene is brilliant and a very real person. Brene and her books have come into my life at the most perfect time. Thanks Brene!!