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Daring Greatly Audiobook

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

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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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    Sara 10-12-14
    Sara 10-12-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    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.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Russell King 01-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I ended up reading the book for myself"
    If you could sum up Daring Greatly in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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

    no


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Stilin Schmidt 12-06-14
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    "Wrong Narrator"
    What disappointed you about Daring Greatly?

    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..


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marguerite Mosier 04-18-14
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    "Voice of Reader a problem"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounds like a kindergarden teacher. I just couldn't get past it.


    Was Daring Greatly worth the listening time?

    Time wasn't the issue, I'm going to buy the book and read it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "DO NOT BUY before listening to the sample!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa 04-03-14
    Melisa 04-03-14
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    "Narrating is Terrible"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    I would always get another book by Brene Brown, but this narration was especially horrendous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was not even able to finish the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wish I could replace this book with some other, it was a complete waste of my money.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-12-12
    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2011
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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.


    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    mouje 01-06-15
    mouje 01-06-15
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    "Read it but don't listen to it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daring Greatly to be better than the print version?

    No. The audio edition is painful to listen to.


    Has Daring Greatly turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, Daring Greatly is a very good book.


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

    Like a bad commercial that never never ends.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Daring Greatly?

    The book is not just personally helpful but gives insight into societal stuff as well.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    longwayfromhome washington, DC, United States 10-28-13
    longwayfromhome 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

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    kwrightaustin 05-15-16
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    "I thought it was just me - the narration"

    I got online today to read the reviews because I was so thrown off by the narration of this book. Then I was with a friend this weekend who was saying that she was so thrown off by the narration of this book. Now I read reviews and find that it seems like everyone is so thrown off by the narration of this book. I don't understand why the book wouldn't be read by the author. Very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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