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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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    Aryatara 08-22-13
    Aryatara 08-22-13
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    "Do Not Purchase this Audio Reading"
    Would you listen to Daring Greatly again? Why?

    No. The performance was deadly. Karen White uses so much affect. Her narration seems overly insincere, a complete mismatch for a book about being authentic and vulnerable.


    What other book might you compare Daring Greatly to and why?

    I listened to Brene Brown's speech on Ted and her talk "the Power of Vulnerability." Admittedly, the content is much the same, and, maybe even more current, but I wanted to go more in depth. Brene, of course, did a much better job.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Perhaps if she used less tone.


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

    No, but I would have liked to listen to more than one chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Karen White does not read all her books this way. Maybe her narration is appropriate for a romance novel.

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    Anne-Marie Benjamin 08-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Poorly Narrated"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found this book difficult to listen to because Karen White read it like it was a fictional book, overstating much of the content. Her choice of narrative style was distracting to the content. I will be on the look out for her name, and in the future will steer away when ordering nonfiction.


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    Stephen Bloomington, IN, United States 08-11-13
    Stephen Bloomington, IN, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "You'll get out of this book what you put into it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I've actually already recommended it to 5 friends, and will probably recommend it to many more.

    There are so many uncomfortable or taboo topics in our society that we don't really understand, and this book does an amazing job at showcasing some of those.

    I cried a number of times during this book because Brené was able to capture feelings that I had never been able to identify. It was incredibly moving.


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

    I had to take a lot of breaks from reading it so that I could allow her message to really sink in and so that I could find ways to apply it to my life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is phenomenal and every day I find new ways that I can apply things I learned from it. Granted, I didn't "enjoy" it the way I enjoy reading fiction, because parts of it make the reader uncomfortable... which is the point. I will soon be reading the rest of Brené Brown's books because she has an incredible insight into humanity.

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    Pam North Tustin, CA, United States 07-08-13
    Pam North Tustin, CA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Practical ways to create a fulfilling life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daring Greatly to be better than the print version?

    No, I just don't have the time to read it. I'd like to have the book for references!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What does Karen White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not a big fan of her voice. But it was OK and I was able to hear the book!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    To dare greatly, step up to the play and swing as best I can.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dane R. King Jr. Reynoldsburg, OH USA 06-24-13
    Dane R. King Jr. Reynoldsburg, OH USA 06-24-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Skip the Audible and Read the Book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm not even done with the book, but I had to write the review. The lady narrating this book is totally wrong, if you have heard Brene Brown speak then you will be disappointed with the audio book. Its like everything she reads is a question which totally goes against the tone of the book.


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

    Brene Brown


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    Chantal Leven Stockbridge, MA United States 06-20-13
    Chantal Leven Stockbridge, MA United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great content completely botched by the narrator"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Brene Brown is an amazing author and story teller. The narrator reads as if she was on Broadway, I had to stop
    Listening after 5 minutes, I could not take how fake she was


    What could Brené Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I will have to read it


    Have you listened to any of Karen White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not a performance!


    What character would you cut from Daring Greatly?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Please redo the reading with someone who is not putting on a show

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    Misty 05-22-13
    Misty 05-22-13
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    "Terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Brene Brown is such a fantastic speaker. I was disappointed that she did not narrate her own book. I encourage her to do so because there is a great deal missing from the countenance and inflection.


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

    This narrator really misses the mark on this book. She seems to be trying too hard, emphasizing emotion and passion at completely inappropriate times. I will watch for her name in future narrations and choose instead to read the book rather than listen to her.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who has not heard Brene Brown with your own ears, search out her videos from the Ted Talks on You Tube.

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    Felix Snow Omaha, NE United States 05-22-13
    Felix Snow Omaha, NE United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tells me who I am, but not how to change"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Probably not. The books spends hours explaining the condition: you feel this way, you act that way - and it's because of deep-rooted shame. It's how you were raised and how your parents were raised. It's about what happened to you when you were young, and growing up, and how this has affected you. Go on...please! Tell me how to dare greatly, how to change, how to overcome my pain. Please, tell me! But, like most other books that tell you what you really already know deep down, it offers no solutions, no real hope that you can change. Very disappointing.


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    Lisa WELLSBORO, PA, United States 05-18-13
    Lisa WELLSBORO, PA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator's style made it difficult"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish the author or publisher had chosen a different narrator. I believe the content would have been valuable, but it was extremely difficult to follow due to the narrator's sing-song style. This would have been far more compelling if told in the author's voice, especially since she shared so many first-person experiences about students and herself and family members. The narrator's style would be good for fiction or young adult books. I had to force myself to listen to the whole thing and grasped very little because the style of the narrator was so unnatural for this type of book that it was distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I had seen this author interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and was looking forward to listening to the book.

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    Mary Littleton, CO, United States 05-16-13
    Mary Littleton, CO, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great material, poor narration!"
    What did you like best about Daring Greatly? What did you like least?

    Brene Brown has a way about making one think deep, dig deep and spend many hours searching within. The performance delivery was too forced didn't give Brene's humor or message a fair shake.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. I look for narrators that project a warm and flowing story - this one did not meet that criteria and I would avoid any other books narrated by her.


    Was Daring Greatly worth the listening time?

    Yes. Good food for thought.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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