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.
I'm sure the story is great - I am tempted to purchase the book but I've already purchased the audio book. I find the reader impossible to listen to. I have heard Brené Brown on TED Talks which inspired me to get this book. I wish I had listened to the sample before purchasing. The reader sounds very mechanical and strained to me (she sounds artificial and computer generated). She may be a good reader but the delivery (and she had to be coached, right?) does not flow well (in my opinion). If you purchase, listen carefully to the sample to see if you like the reader. I unfortunately do not.
My first audiobook from this author.
I would have the author read her book. She is very entertaining and engaging!
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
This is an awesome book, but Brene should really read it. There is something about Karen White's voice that grates on your nerves. She has almost a whiney lilt to her voice. No matter which of Brene's books you read, you will get the same message and the stories are very similar. If you don't read this one, read one of them!
It took me about three hours of listening to determine the book wasn't being read by a computer generated voice. But the content was incredible, and applies to you, and every career or relationship you'll ever have. If you're questioning whether this book is right for you or relevant to what you're going through, the answer is yes.
I've gotten most of the Brene Brown learning materials I can get and it's all awesome and all on the same points of wholeheartedness, vulnerability, shame, leading ourselves, loving our friends and family, and (in this book more than any others) leading others. I would start with her two TED talks free online. Men, Women, and Worthiness also on audible and Sounds True is a good next good overview. Dating Greatly is her fullest book and covers everything I got out of both The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me. It's long but it's all good content and it's all high quality material. There's content here for everyone. I do wish Brene read this one too. It feels stronger coming from her with her intonations on all the personal stories as well. Overall, loved it and expect that I will come back to it a few times like I did with Gifts of Imperfection.
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.
One of the best books I have listened to, so applicable to daily life and interactions with others. This book came onto my life when I had to do something vulnerable. It was perfect timing.
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.
The reader does a nice job, but reads slowly enough (and with sufficient diction) that you can listen at 1.25x and still hear and understand every word. Brown does something spectacular with the topic of vulnerability: she explains how it's not a weakness to be avoided, rather, it is a strength that brings one closer to others. Definitely worth both my time and money.