The material in this book is phenominal. I would pay a lot of money to hear anyone else just read this book. I would never listen to anything narrated by this woman/machine again (sorry Karen White). Have you ever heard pre-recorded messages where every other word (or the syllables in the same word) are over emphasized because the sounds are literally stitched together? The words go up and down in random impersonal ways?
Example " FOR the MAIN DEPARtment please ENTER NUMmber ONE".She sounds so much like a machine with odd words emphasized to the point where you can barely hear the actual content of the words she is saying. Now the fact that the subject matter is about being vulnerable could not be more of a mismatch with this impersonal voice. Its almost like she was so disconnected from this content and so not vulnerable that she just shut down and became an automaton?
This is a fake sentence but an example"Vulner-A-BILITY is the catalyst for COUrage, comPAssion and COnection" The inflections go up and down every other syllable! Its like R-2-D2 Some reviews were saying she was "sappy"? I would take sappy over this hyper controlled, forced and devoid voice anyway. It is EXCRUCIATING and so distracting that I have to repeat the sentences in my head just so I can get past her voice to hear the content. I work full time and I am a Single Mom. I don't have time to read books so I listen to them. Some of them I will listen to over and over. I got so tense bracing to this grating and alienating voice that I had to stop listening even though I am totally inspired by and hungry for this content. I keep trying to give it another chance and then I am just shaking my head because its almost too painful to listen to. I don't know if I will ever get through this and I know I will not be able to listen to this more than once since I can barely listen to it this first time.I can not help but wonder how the author would let her material be read in such an inhuman and alienating way. I pray she rereleases this with a different narration.
I would pay anyone a lot of money to sit and simply read this book and record it for me so I could hear it and not be bracing myself at every other word of this narration. Even Monotone would brig a big sigh of relief so the content could speak for itself.
Brene Please read this book yourself or re-release it. I would buy it for everyone I know! BUt right now I say you MUST just read the book.
I believe everyone could benefit from this book. If we could all take this information and apply it to our lives, the world would be a better place. I am thankful for the lessons I've learned from this book.
I couldn't even get through all of it. I'm so used to hearing Brene in her own voice - the book was just ruined for me. Had to abandon ship and just read it traditionally. I was too quick to purchase this one and will forever remember to listen to an audio sample before purchase.
The content is great but the narration is terrible, it's really distracting.
No. I never want to hear her voice again.
I'm a massive Brené Brown fan - her work has revolutionized my life!
Ultimately her message is vulnerability but the narrator in no way carries this message except through the words she reads. She is stiff and starchy and is almost hard to listen too.
Brené on the other hand has a very personal and authentic speaking style - I'm bewildered how the decision to go with someone other than the ACTUAL author got OKed.
That being said you can listen to most of this content in her other audio book "The Power of Vulnerability" which is actually a six part lecture series spoken by Brené herself.
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...