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.
No. The audio edition is painful to listen to.
No, Daring Greatly is a very good book.
Like a bad commercial that never never ends.
The book is not just personally helpful but gives insight into societal stuff as well.
The voice of the narrator was so hard to listen to that I couldn't even get through the book. I actually quit audible because of it. I don't want to purchase an audio book where I can't return a book that is way to difficult to listen to.
Who could get through it
Heavily!!! I didn't make it one minute into the book before I had to stop. I was so annoyed by the sound of her voice. UHG!!!
Who could listen to it!!!
I want another book to replace this!!!
I saw Brene Brown's TED talks, loved what I saw and heard, and immediately bought the audio book without reading the other reviews...big mistake! The delivery is HORRIBLE, the cadence of the speech is stilted and artificial, the "art-tic-cu-la-tion" is forced and OVERLY emphatic. Karen White needs to find a new profession.
I will be returning this book.
EVERYTHING about the performance was awful. The narrator's inflection, cadence, emphatic articulation were all forced and artificial. Nothing good to say about it.
Sadly, could not stomach the narration for long enough to be inspired (I bought the book hoping to be)
Have this wonderful author read her own book, or re-record with another reader and re-release it
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.
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.
I have never experienced a book that has affected me so deeply. I am 50 years old and this cuts straight to the heart of so many things I have struggled with. I finished listening and then went straight back to chapter one to start again. Amazing.
Such terrible narration.
"The Power of Vulnerability" included some of the same material as "Daring Greatly" -- though I can't say more than that as I couldn't stand listening to this book for long.
This narrator sounds like she's madly in love with every word coming out of her mouth. There's this intense, overly-dramatic, pitch-wavering tone to her voice that makes every word sound exactly as emphasized as the next. It's kind of like the more positive version of monotone, where instead of no words being emphasized, every single word is. Yet, that said, it's no better than monotone. The thing is, having pitch and emphasis go up and down, it gives us information when we're listening to someone. It tells us what's a question, what's enthusiastic, where there is fear or anger or dread, it's like the audio version of someone's facial expressions. Yet, here, it's always fixed in a level of sultriness that makes it harder to listen to and to be engaged with. While "The Power of Vulnerability" (also by Brown) was so enjoyable to listen to with Brown having spoken herself and portrayed the emphasis and intonation perfectly, I couldn't stand to listen to this book for much more than five minutes. Looking at White's other titles, it seems like she's read romantic/sexual novels and that makes perfect sense to me. The thing is, a self-help book doesn't benefit from being read like an over-dramatized seduction. I mean, if you could seduce the neuroses out of people, there'd probably be no need for self-help books...
I couldn't say, I couldn't even finish it. I did, however, send an e-mail to Brown (the author) and ask her to get a new narrator for this book since this one really doesn't do it justice.
It's really important to pick the right narrator for the job and this doesn't seem to necessarily be a priority here on Audible (as a note to both myself and other listeners). A nagging voice goes well when listening to the news or politics because it has a sense of irritation and urgency, a sultry voice fits with romance, a crisp English accent and strict enunciation helps when listening to complex topics with complex terminology, and appropriately dramatic narration helps when listening to pretty much any book. I'm really not sure how people who read books for a living can fail to understand the importance of proper intonation, but it's happened a lot on this site, so be careful when choosing books...try not to think to yourself "oh, it doesn't bother me *that* much..." because you'd be surprised how annoying bad narration gets after 8 hours...