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)
The only thing holding this book back from an impeccable review is the fact that Brene herself doesn't read it.
I recommend listening to her TED talks beforehand, so you can get an idea of how she communicates- her speaking voice and tone adds such a comical effect to her writing, that it would be a shame to listen, not knowing how she would deliver it herself.
READ rather than listen to the book. The writing is wonderful. The content is valuable and moving. But the choice of narrator was entirely wrong.
Although Karen White (the narrator) is an experienced reader with a lovely voice, she read Brene Brown's book as though she were reciting a humorous, light fiction piece. Ironically, in a book about vulnerability, White's vocal inflections and tone were often cynical and mocking.
Like other listeners, I was unable to finish the book.
In the future, I will pay more attention to the reviews regarding the narration.
The content of the book is great. I wish the audio version had been read by the author, rather than another performer.
Although the performer has a pleasant voice, her performance felt melodramatic and that it detracted from the content.
I suggest trying another book by Brene Brown "Men Women and Shame". It is the concise version of this book and it is read by the author.
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.
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.
Perhaps if she used less tone.
No, but I would have liked to listen to more than one chapter.
I hope that Karen White does not read all her books this way. Maybe her narration is appropriate for a romance novel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, I just don't have the time to read it. I'd like to have the book for references!
I'm not a big fan of her voice. But it was OK and I was able to hear the book!
To dare greatly, step up to the play and swing as best I can.
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.
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
I will have to read it
Not a performance!
Please redo the reading with someone who is not putting on a show
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.
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.
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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