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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead | [Brené Brown]

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.
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Publisher's Summary

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. A nationally renowned teacher and speaker, she is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t). Her groundbreaking work has been featured widely in the media, including PBS and NPR.

©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A wonderful book: urgent, essential, and fun to read. I couldn’t put it down, and it continues to resonate with me.” (Seth Godin, New York Times best-selling author)

“In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown refers to herself as both a mapmaker and a traveler. In my book, that makes her a guide. And I believe the world needs more guides like her who are showing us a wiser way to our inner world. If you’d like to set your course on being more courageous and connected, engaged and resilient, leave the GPS at home. Daring Greatly is all the navigation you’ll need.” (Maria Shriver, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Fulfillment and Exuberance Woodland Hills, CA United States 09-27-12
    Fulfillment and Exuberance Woodland Hills, CA United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2007

    Fulfillment and Exuberance

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    "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"

    This is an amazing book. I have listened to and loved Brene Brown's other two books and they have been so helpful to me in my life. However, I don't like this narrator at all. I would have loved if Brene Brown had read all of her books herself because I like her voice and so much of this information includes her personal experiences. The narrator of the other two books wasn't as good as having Brene reading herself, but that narrator was much better than this one. However, the content of this book is fantastic so I am putting up with the less than desirable narration.

    63 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    M. Odette Daniello TACOMA, WA 11-03-12
    M. Odette Daniello TACOMA, WA 11-03-12 Listener Since 2004

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    If you could sum up Daring Greatly in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic content but poorly narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy Brene Brown's research but this book would have been enjoyable if not for the reader. She's a painful listen.

    43 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Mansfield Center, CT, United States 10-01-12
    Marc Mansfield Center, CT, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Important information - painful narration"
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    I am listening to this book in 5-10 minute bursts. Brown's research and insights are super-interesting and powerful. But. The narrator is so syrupy and treacly that I had to take frequent breaks to shake off the sap...I am going to have to buy the print version of this book; I just can't handle the narration. How could the director of this production have allowed this? The book is ABOUT vulnerability-the words are powerful enough-straight-forward reading would have been appropriate. The narrator takes important insights into human chracter and makes it sound like a high school production of an episode of As the World Turns...bummer...

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    David Bonita, CA, United States 10-16-12
    David Bonita, CA, United States 10-16-12
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    "HAD TO STOP BECAUSE THE NARRATION WAS SO BAD"

    I knew this was going to be a good book, I kept listening to it and thinking "why is this so annoying to listen to?"

    I thought it was the book, but then I realized the narrator is awful. She has this nagging condescending tone that literally drove me crazy, I stopped the book about 1/3 of the way through and couldn't finish it. Looks like this book won't get read or it will be on hard copy.

    35 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 10-30-12
    Alice Sandy, UT, United States 10-30-12
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    "Great message, really painful narrator"
    What did you like best about Daring Greatly? What did you like least?

    I find Brene Brown amazing and inspiring. I love her other books and the information she writes about has been a great help to me. And....I had to get this book in print because the narrator was very poorly suited for this amazing book and powerful message. I was so excited for this book to be released on audio, but I can't get through Karen White's just so darn sweet and melodramatic reading. I would buy this book again on audio if it was re-recorded with Brene as narrator, or the narrator from Brene's previous books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

    Only if it's a Mary Higgins Clark Mystery


    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mia AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 10-27-12
    Mia AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator ruins good book content."
    If you could sum up Daring Greatly in three words, what would they be?

    Sadly, I can't answer because I had to stop listening. I think this book contains relevant observations about society today. However, I'm going to have to go purchase a hard copy. The reader approaches this content with drama and emotion that is completely inappropriate. This is non-fiction and should be read that way.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen White?

    Any number of simple even-speaking narrators would have been fine. Perhaps even Ms. White could be fine if someone had given her the feedback to rein in (!) the syrupy emotional delivery.


    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-12-12
    Stephanie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-12-12
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    "Nice Point Overly Stated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Mostly because it was unnecessarily long in my opinion. I get where she was going, but if you've read any of Brene Brown's other books, there's just so much repeat information. Not quite sure what made this one different for her. Unfortunately, the narration was so distracting that I couldn't get through the whole thing. Even so, a lot of times when I get a bad narration, I can usually tell if the text is worth it and I'll buy the ebook. I don't feel compelled to do that this time.


    What was most disappointing about Brené Brown’s story?

    The repetition of themes and information from her other books. I felt like it was just another book about shame. Also it came off as a little self-righteous at times, but I couldn't tell if that was the words or the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

    This narrator was trying way too hard to get across what was already in the words. She sounded so forced - like she was trying to give it so much emotion. The book already has that tone, very emotional and heartfelt, so the narrator just over did it. She also made the author sound self-righteous in a lot of parts due to her tone. Particularly when the author talked about moments where she felt shocked or saddened by another's reactions. If she'd pulled back and let it flow naturally it would have been much better.


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    jevene washington, DC, United States 10-28-13
    jevene washington, DC, United States 10-28-13
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    "Would be a Best Seller, if not for the narrrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    EVERYTHING about the performance was awful. The narrator's inflection, cadence, emphatic articulation were all forced and artificial. Nothing good to say about it.


    Did Daring Greatly inspire you to do anything?

    Sadly, could not stomach the narration for long enough to be inspired (I bought the book hoping to be)


    Any additional comments?

    Have this wonderful author read her own book, or re-record with another reader and re-release it

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Missouri St. Louis, MO USA 09-25-12
    Missouri St. Louis, MO USA 09-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Help!"
    Where does Daring Greatly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audio self-help book, and it is amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is certainly a character - one I want to emulate.


    Did Karen White do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though not possible - and I really think listening to this book in increments allows more reflection and thought.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    jeanpace Bothell, WA, United States 11-15-12
    jeanpace Bothell, WA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Valuable New Viewpoint"
    What three words best describe Karen White’s performance?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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