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.
©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“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 have listen to Brene Brown speak as well as narrate one of her books. She is a tough act to follow. I am sure the content of this book would be fantastic but the narrator awful. She sounds pained when speaking.failure. Her attempt a Brene's presentation style does not work. I tried a few times to listen because I wanted to hear the content but I just could not do it. I am trying to return the book, having a bit of trouble with returns right now..
The reader sounds like a kindergarden teacher. I just couldn't get past it.
Time wasn't the issue, I'm going to buy the book and read it.
The narration on this book sounds computerized and is too difficult to listen too. I didn't make it through 5 minutes. I will just buy the book for my kindle
I would always get another book by Brene Brown, but this narration was especially horrendous.
I was not even able to finish the book.
I wish I could replace this book with some other, it was a complete waste of my money.
This book should have been read by the author herself, and I'm not sure why it wasn't, since some of Brown's other books were, and Brown has a very pleasing voice. The narrator here frequently over-emotes, and yet at the same time there's something annoyingly antiseptic and robotically flawless about the delivery that frankly creeped me out a little. Part of it is that you can't hear her inhale or exhale between sentences. (This is not the narrator's fault, but rather the fault of the engineer in the studio, who apparently really loves the software that can magically obliterate any humanity in a person's recorded voice.) This "perfection" ironically stands in complete opposition to the book's main message of making oneself vulnerable. It almost ruined the book for me, and, frankly, if I hadn't liked it as much as I did, I would have stopped listening after just a few minutes. Until/unless another edition of the audiobook comes out, I would recommend skipping it and reading the print version instead.
The voice of the narrator was so hard to listen to that I couldn't even get through the book. I actually quit audible because of it. I don't want to purchase an audio book where I can't return a book that is way to difficult to listen to.
Who could get through it
Heavily!!! I didn't make it one minute into the book before I had to stop. I was so annoyed by the sound of her voice. UHG!!!
Who could listen to it!!!
I want another book to replace this!!!
A very insightful book and listening experience based on many years of research and Brown's work with individuals, groups and couples. Listening has the power to facilitate change in the listener's life through altered perspective and new points of view on concepts of vulnerability.
I read all the negative reviews here on Audible about the narration and I am not sure what people are talking about. Maybe my recording has been redone--a newer version??-- but I thought that Karen White did a fine job reading the book. I guess I have heard some really difficult narrators recently-- but I was fine with this one. I suggest just to be sure listen to the sample before buying the book.
I think the information provided in the book far out weighs any issues with the narrator. A difficult subject but definately worth the listen.
No. The audio edition is painful to listen to.
No, Daring Greatly is a very good book.
Like a bad commercial that never never ends.
The book is not just personally helpful but gives insight into societal stuff as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EVERYTHING about the performance was awful. The narrator's inflection, cadence, emphatic articulation were all forced and artificial. Nothing good to say about it.
Sadly, could not stomach the narration for long enough to be inspired (I bought the book hoping to be)
Have this wonderful author read her own book, or re-record with another reader and re-release it
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