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Matthew Rickman

LOVELAND, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1598)
    Story
    (1576)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "Self Indulgent Dribble"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A De-essing filter on the narrators mic. Oh - and it being a decent book.


    Has The Gifts of Imperfection turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily. Just books from Brene Brown.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A De-essing filter on the narrators mic.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A few here-and-there. But not worth working through all of the junk to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    Although there are a few minor tid-bits of useful information tucked here-and-there in this book - all of it is overshadowed by mostly self indulgent rambling.

    If you consider yourself a free-thinker, athiest, agnostic, capitalist, etc.. Then you will likely have the same gagging reflex as I did in reading this book. If you accept jesus christ as your saviour and want to stroke an un-accomplished ego... then this book will do it.

    It wasn't completely worthless and if Brene could separate her religion from her science, she might be on to something worthwhile. I have also learned not to trust book recommendations from James Altucher. It's been a while since I have read a horrible book. I guess it has to happen every once-and-a-while.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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