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.”
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.
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“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)
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...
I'm going to have to return this one and buy hardcopy. Totally prefer to "read" audibly, but this narrator is painfully annoying to listen to. Every. Single. Line….is said with such overdrawn earnest that it becomes incredibly distracting to absorb what's being said. I gave 5 stars on the story simply because the content that I was eventually able to get through was quite good. I'm projecting that had the narration been better this would have been a terrific book.
I was spoiled by listening to Brene Brown's voice and personality in The Power of Vulnerability (excellent listen). I then purchased this book to listen to and the narration is dull and hard to listen to. I wish Brene would re-record this book with her voice!
Haven't finished it yet, will have to buy the actual book or get it on Kindle to get through it. Can't handle the narrator for much longer than 10 minutes.
Fulfillment and Exuberance
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.
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.
Fantastic content but poorly narrated.
I really enjoy Brene Brown's research but this book would have been enjoyable if not for the reader. She's a painful listen.
I had read "The Gifts of Imperfection" some time ago and thought that was terrific book. As I was reading "Daring Greatly," I didn't feel the content was much different from her other book. I looked at the descriptions for both books and they have the similar themes - 1) shame, authenticity, belonging, courage, compassion, connection and 2) vulnerability, imperfection, courage, engagement, connection. I think the first book provided more depth and guidance. I think this book provided the stories and examples that allow the readers to see themselves in those situations.
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.
Only if it's a Mary Higgins Clark Mystery
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.
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.
Really good book: really challenging. The Narration is/was awful - I stopped listening because the narrator's performance didn't fit the content.
Get the book; don't get the audio book. It's worth taking your time over. It's worth hearing yourself reading this book.
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