This book should have been read by the author herself, and I'm not sure why it wasn't, since some of Brown's other books were, and Brown has a very pleasing voice. The narrator here frequently over-emotes, and yet at the same time there's something annoyingly antiseptic and robotically flawless about the delivery that frankly creeped me out a little. Part of it is that you can't hear her inhale or exhale between sentences. (This is not the narrator's fault, but rather the fault of the engineer in the studio, who apparently really loves the software that can magically obliterate any humanity in a person's recorded voice.) This "perfection" ironically stands in complete opposition to the book's main message of making oneself vulnerable. It almost ruined the book for me, and, frankly, if I hadn't liked it as much as I did, I would have stopped listening after just a few minutes. Until/unless another edition of the audiobook comes out, I would recommend skipping it and reading the print version instead.
By using sometime who can imbue the words with power but doesn't sound like a dating site's AI avatar.
I'm rating this well because of the content, but this audio book is awful. I'll be reading the book instead. What a waste.
Life changing perspective. Gives me courage to be "real" : vulnerable, grateful, connected. I will re-read and make life changes to live and act more honestly, more wholeheartedly and enjoy real connection. Love this book!
Sadly, I have to say the narrator of the audio is not good at all. Her cadence left me wondering if this was a computerized voice. I got through listening to it but there was an edge to it.
This was my 3rd Brene Brown audiobook and the audio completely detracted from the content. As an organizational psychology grad student, I love Brene's writing style as a mixture of research and very down to earth storytelling. She inspires me to move forward in my education and career but I barely made it through this book. The narrator sounded bored, pompous, arrogant, self indulgent, overly emotional and dramatic all at the same time. I had to listen in small portions and fight to concentrate on the content because the audio detracted so much. Personally, I think it was so bad that it should be rerecorded by either the woman who narrated the first two books or Brene herself. I would pay for it again because the content is something I will refer back to. Maybe I'll just buy the hard copy.
Steady. But as I listened to the book I constantly found myself repeating what was said as I imagine Brene Brown would say it. With Brene's voice in my head, many places were funny; not so with the recording. Really wish Brene had been the narrator of the audio recording.
Very interesting reading - and she has the research to back up her view point. I really got how disfunctional it is to shame someone, and to look at times when I've felt shamed - to move beyond that. Highly recommend the book.
My first audio self-help book, and it is amazing.
The author is certainly a character - one I want to emulate.
NA - though I thought her reading did not allow for the real humor of the author to shine through - it was too "deadpan." No emotion, so it really sucked the life out of the book.
Yes, though not possible - and I really think listening to this book in increments allows more reflection and thought.
I'll be purchasing this author's other two books. I am not a self-help book junkie so I was really amazed at how relevant this book is - and I'll listen over and over.
Through this book I was able to understand so many little - and not so little- "dark" incidents in my life which caused me to feel uncomfortable or ashamed, and shed light on them. I was able to understand them a lot better, and grow. I can now take these experiences, analyze them in a new way and feel good about myself.
The book is very empowering- using simple language to explain our most inner selves and how it is implemented in varied areas of our lives- relationships, parenting, work.
I am definitely going back to this one! I have quite a few bookmarks.
Karen White's colorful voice drew me into the text. Even though this is a non-fiction, she was able to bring a lot of emotion and the author's enthusiasm from her research into the sentences. Well done.
There were some odd voice inflections, but it wasn't terrible. I found that by speeding up the narration the inflections weren't as bad.
If you search for 'The Power of Vulnerability' you'll find a live talk from Brene Brown, of which about 80% is identical to this book. Because Brene Brown is a lively speaker who doesn't take herself too seriously, it's a much more enjoyable listening experience.
Brene Brown and her work entered into my life exactly when I needed her most. She talks about letting go of perfection and others expectations and being aware of what you may be doing to cause shame on another person. Her goal is to help others live whole-heartedly. A nice, soul-searching read.