I simply can't stand this narrator. It's like she's speaking to children; too much emotion, inflection in the wrong places. Theatrically over the top. Completely ruined the book for me. Very, very distracting. So I stopped listening and just READ the book myself. Very disappointing. I will not ever read anything again narrated by this Karen White.
This is one of the best books she's written; plus together all of the ideas well.
The author herself, or someone less gimmicky in the narration.
I love Brene Brown -- this audio recording, however, is terrible. It sounds like she's talking through a synthesizer. Couldn't listen to more than five minutes because it sounded like nails on a chalkboard to me. Do yourself a favor and read this one not listen to it.
The book itself was interesting and inspiring. The narration made it unlistenable; I couldn't finish it. I'll probably buy the hard copy.
No! The narrator's tone was cloying and the phrasing was awful. EmPHASis ON the WRONG syLLABle. I kept imagining Siri was narrating.
No. The content of the book is great. The readers voice to me was so annoying that I am choosing to not listen. I will read my hard copy instead.
I really wish Brene Brown, the author, had read this audio book!
This book is about vulnerability, and I LOVE that idea. I struggled, as did the author at times, defining what exactly vulnerability looks like. It is a term where the definition may change depending upon whom you ask, and the circumstances.
I really liked the fact that it felt like Ms. Brown is baring her soul (showing her vulnerability) with this book. It makes me wish I was better at that.
I have read numerous reviews of folks that were not fans of Ms. White's narration. I was of a similar feeling, but then I sped the narration sound to 1.5X normal, and for some reason, that made it much better for me. After making that change, the narration faded into the background of the story (as it always should), and I was able to focus on the book.
The topic is very interesting, but the audio is done by a simulated robot voice. (Or someone who took great pains to sound like a robot, for reasons unknown)
A real human
To hate robots voices with a passion
Sorry if this review sounds bigoted to robots, I personally like them, except when they read books.
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.
Brene Browns TED talk was the reason that I purchased this Audiobook. but the narration is so poor in comparison to Brene's natural Storytelling, it was impossible to listen to.
What little of it I could get through was good in terms of content but I could not listen because of the narrator. I really wish Ms. Brown had read it herself. I powered through about an hour and a half of it.
The best comparison I can make is a female version of Eugene Levy's character in A Mighty Wind. But maybe it's just me. Listen to the sample. If it doesn't bother you then get the book. The content is good.
This would have worked as a course or set of lectures, but not so much as an audio book. I guess she got bogged down having to write fully formed paragraphs and sentences. Her spoken expressiveness carries so much meaning. I found the constant drum of key words like vulnerable really irritating. It would be great to match up Brene Brown's insight with David Sedaris' phrasing and style.
The reader was irritating. To sterile for BB's narrative.