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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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    sarah 06-20-16
    sarah 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    I was disappointed that Brene does not narrate this one. I found it more difficult for me to focus when I'm used to hearing her voice.

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    Carolyn Sponaugle seattle, wa 06-12-16
    Carolyn Sponaugle seattle, wa 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great information, but skip the audio book and read the hard copy. I had to stop listening about halfway through, I was longing for Brene's "voice". The Narrator did not convey the intended feeling of the book. To be fair, I give the narrator kudos for attempting to reproduce the magic of Brene Brown, gotta be an impossible task.


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

    Absolutely. Karen seemed so unnatural reading it. I wondered if she had ever even heard Brene speak on these topics? It was very annoying.


    Could you see Daring Greatly being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


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    neil 06-11-16
    neil 06-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Alone"

    From the first chapter, this book spoke to me. A book worth reading over again.

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    Bob Faw NH USA 06-08-16
    Bob Faw NH USA 06-08-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Deep, practical insights"

    Great data and stories that can help us all live better lives. Her stories are captivating as well

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    Kimberly Steensen 06-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Eye opening!"

    There were so many nuggets of wisdom in this book. I will be definitely listening to it again to help me retain all of the wisdom Brene shares.
    It will hangs the way you look at shame, parenting and goal setting.

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    SRTulo 06-07-16
    SRTulo 06-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Difficult, important, beautiful, daring work"

    Brené is a master of the modern world. She shares her soul so that we may find and share our souls. The data speaks truths so deep that the primal "knowing" which it uncovers is significant, painful, enlightening and transformative. This book is true, not theoretical. It shows.

    Daring greatly, putting myself out there, admitting that I am one of "the others", making the hard choices to not solve my kids problems but let them grow through them, admitting my mistakes, exploring my shame, and understanding the distinct favors of shame in men and women, building relationship before over sharing, and minding the gap between my espoused values and those which I actually practice...it is all beautiful, challenging, raw and feels so important; so worth it.

    I know having absorbed this book has changed my life in perhaps subtle, but significant ways. The choice is now up to me how often I choose to get in the arena.

    Next up...Rising Strong!

    Note that Karen White does a masterful job of narrating and creating a space for unbiased understanding. I would LOVE to hear Brené speak and emote her words, though.

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    Lara BEAVERTON, OR, United States 06-07-16
    Lara BEAVERTON, OR, United States 06-07-16
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    "Horrible narrator"

    I'm sure the book is fine, but the reader's treacly, wistful reading cannot be abided for more than five minutes. If I wanted to listen to an injured, never-satisfied, passive aggressive tone of voice, I'd call my grandmother. I'll have to buy the book in standard format to see what B. Brown wrote.

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    Julie C. 05-30-16
    Julie C. 05-30-16
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    "Narration is SO TERRIBLE I had to STOP listening after 5 minutes"

    Please! Please! Please! Save yourself the absolute pain and difficulty that it is to listen to the narration of this book. I love Brene and want you to know that the dull, animatronic narration of this book does her content a severe injustice. Rarely if ever do I write negative reviews. This was just so bad I felt that it was my responsibility to let you know to save yourself the time and money. To the creators of this audiobook--please honor Brene's amazing content and have someone else narrate this book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely not! I have never had such a hard time with an audiobook before. The performance of the narrator is so bad that I could not pay attention to the book at all. She has used her own emotions when reading this book, which made the whole experience awful !!!!!!!


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

    ABSOLUTLY NOTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!


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    Paul Gomez 05-25-16
    Paul Gomez 05-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This should be required reading for all."

    Brene has a great technique of using life stories to drive a point. The narrator made this very easy to listen to.

    Thank you.

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