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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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    Mark D Dudley 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""It is not the critic...""

    For a world that is in trouble, the concepts and practices described in this book offer to each of us what we need to face that trouble with courage and compassion.

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    Christine M Burger 05-19-16
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    "great book"

    I love Brenè Browns work. the reader could be a bit robotic though, I had the book on for a bit when I picked up my best friend from work and immediately she wondered how I could listen to this book because of the readers robotic nature. I didn't let it phase me because of how much I enjoy Brenes work but I probably wouldn't have listened past chapter one if it was any other author.

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    A. Brassert Toronto, Ontario 05-17-16
    A. Brassert Toronto, Ontario 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent content, narrator distracting..."
    Would you listen to Daring Greatly again? Why?

    I bought the paperback copy because I didn't want to listen again (and I have listened to other books more than once). As I listened I kept wishing someone else was narrating...Brené herself would have been great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daring Greatly?

    I love Brené Brown's definition of vulnerability: "I define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure." (page 34 of the paperback) It takes so much courage to show up and be authentic. Her differentiation between shame and guilt is also illuminating. There are so many *memorable moments* for me in this book. I recommend all of her books (and her website) to friends, family and clients.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A lot. I found her voice made feel uncomfortable. It sounded disingenuous.


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    Aileen 05-16-16
    Aileen 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator almost ruined"

    This is an amazing topic and Wonderful book. Brenee Brown is a great speaker, but she chose a narrator that made this hard to listen to. It was distracting and I hesitate to recommend this audible bc of the narrator.

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    heather 05-14-16
    heather 05-14-16
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    "Hard to listen too"
    What did you love best about Daring Greatly?

    I love everything Brene does. My life is always better with a bit of Brene in it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found it really really hard to listen to. Perhaps it is because I have listened to all her other works, read by Brene herself and so I just knew this wasn't Brene. However, it felt more like the narrator was disconnected from the content and reading some sort of radio news broadcast. It just felt very disingenuous to me and it became painful to listen and I did not finish it. Maybe someday...


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    sivan soffer 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Don't understand all the negative reviews. Loved the book and the narrator. When I can easily listen at 2x speed then the narrator doing their job

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    Littlewillie34 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrators voice is hard to listen to"

    Audiobooks have given me the privilege to venture into genres that I might not have some years ago. I do still support paper and e-books every now and then. This particular narrator, (in my opinion) with misplaced emphasis and a voice not suited for the material , is redirecting me to my local bookstore or library.
    As much as I am deeply interested in the subject matter, I'm not so sure I can withstand much more. No blame. Just one of those things.
    It's all about the voice.

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    Rhonda 05-05-16
    Rhonda 05-05-16
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    "it is not good unless it is narrated by the author"

    the Narrator ruined the book for me. Brene MUST Narrate her own audio books! I won't buy another one unless she narrates it!

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    CopyGal Cleveland, OH United States 05-01-16
    CopyGal Cleveland, OH United States 05-01-16

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    "Great book, horrible when Brené isn't narrating"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    I bought this so my partner could listen with me since I've already read it. I adore Brené Brown, but the woman narrating sounds like a robot. I only managed to get a chapter in before I gave up. Why on earth did they not have Brené read her own book, when she gives lectures all the time??


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

    BRENE.


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    Rocky2185 04-22-16
    Rocky2185 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, poor voice for audio"

    I found this book very enlightening and applied to many areas of my life from personal relationships, work and parenting. I did not however enjoy the audio voice. It sounded mechanical and almost automated. Took the warmth right out of the book. Other than that I enjoyed this audiobook.

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