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The Gifts of Imperfection Audiobook

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?
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In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares 10 guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, "What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?"

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her 10 guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging."

©2010 Brene Brown (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené's research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life." (Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist)

"Bren Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you." (Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind)

"This important book is about the lifelong journey from 'What will people think?' to 'I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.' (Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection)

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-08-12
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    I liked the way she poked and prodded at what wholehearted living is. She does it in an entertaining way using many personal stories that you can relate to. Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. Her expertise as a researcher on shame, authenticity, and belonging gives her experiences more depth. This is not a how to guide and she raises as many questions as she answers. Highly recommend this audio and her Ted Talks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Alexander 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is one of those life changer books for me"

    I liked this much more than I thought I would. I'm going to start Brene's online class with Art Journaling for this book. Although her book is based on years of research, I absorbed the concepts so well through the stories she tells. I usually do not do audiobooks, but I have a long commute to work so it really works for me. The narrator was very good and easy to listen to. I'm on to Daring Greatly next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Pensacola, FL, United States 02-13-14
    Beverly Pensacola, FL, United States 02-13-14
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    "Where's the meat?"
    What disappointed you about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I was really excited about getting this book as I LOVE Oprah. Perhaps it's because I've read so many self-help books over the years but I didn't get a single thing out of the book. I found her observations to be pretty obvious and redundant. I felt like quitting the book through most of it but hung in there hoping there was going to be some revelation of new insight. I can't think of a single profound "a ha!" moment that I had.


    What was most disappointing about Brene Brown’s story?

    Sorry.... but I thought it was lots of fluff and not much substance.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Road Reader 03-03-13
    Road Reader 03-03-13
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    "No clear path or conclusion"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are no useful real-world coping mechanisms in this book. The book isn't much about dealing with imperfections in the world. Rather its a meandering stroll through an academic's insecurities about being a scholar, public speaker, writer, and parent.


    What was most disappointing about Brene Brown’s story?

    After DIG deep hours and hours of fluff, some of which tangentially had to do with DIG deep.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    DIG Deep


    Any additional comments?

    Frame the content of the book in an outline rather than what appeared to be stream of conscious writing

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 01-18-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 01-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    "A Look into Imperfection"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    This book wasn't pretentious at all. It was so...me!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We're all perfect just how we are


    Any additional comments?

    Brene opened up herself to us and readers immediately see ourselves in her. I now see how I am and how I thought I was supposed to be, know how to change certain things, and can go on living being happy with who I am.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 01-01-13
    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 01-01-13

    I am a retired social worker/psychotherapist/group therapist. I am also a qualified senior flight instructor. I served as an air traffic control officer in the Australian Air Force during the Vietnam War. I am a keen sea-kayaker. I recently completed a Master's degree and am working towards a PhD.

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    "A complete guide to being authentic"

    This book is a must for anyone serious about becoming a more authentic human being. The content is not merely the author's opinion, it based on scientifically riqorous research conducted by the author. It is not only enlightening but also entertaining. The author courageously illustrates her points with examples from her own life. This is a book to be listened to over and over again.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brett 05-06-16
    Brett 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read Highly Recommend!"

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book on how to improve their own happiness. It doesn't have useless fluff like so many self help books out there and it has great examples and definitions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malin Sofrone 04-26-16
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    "Honest, courages, wonderful and warm"

    I loved the honesty and warmth of the stories. And had a great narration!
    It talks about the things we think but don't say and about the things we are not aware of until we take time to analyze ourselves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 11-02-14
    Ryan 11-02-14
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    "An OKAY book to read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was an okay book to listen to. It is among those in which you read, and you are not disappointed nor excited about spending your time on it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Dreher 10-30-14
    Dale Dreher 10-30-14 Member Since 2013

    Husband and Father of 2 boys, live in Los Angeles, been listening to books on tape for decades, mostly non-fiction.

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    "I Wish this was Read by the Author"
    Would you listen to The Gifts of Imperfection again? Why?

    the content is world class, useful, important, so much so that it's subtleties shouldn't be delegated to someone else's voice. I think I am gonna return this for a more core work by Brene that is read in her own voice. I feel, from the listening of the first 20 minutes of this work that the Reader is not connected to the material the way I am or the way certain the author is. This is spiritual material, it should be read by the author in my opinion.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

    The Spirituality of Imperfection


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    Sure but nothing this deep and spiritual.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Crewe, United Kingdom
    9/1/12
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    "Learn how to accept yourself"

    I found this book really easy to listen to. I like the narrator's style. The book was a series of strories with a life application and a good dose of humour and down-to-earthness. I found it made a lot of sense. It is not a list of "how to"s which I found a refreshing change. I am planning to listen to it again to make sure I squeeze every last drop of value out of it...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Astrid
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    8/3/11
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    "Insightful and thought provoking"

    I finished this book today and really REALLY loved it. For anyone sceptical about "self help" books this offers a refreshing change, and as a qualitative researcher Brene Brown has a scientific approach, but the book isn't dry or dull as a result. She is humorous, empathetic and I am looking forward to reading more by the same author. I thought the only pity was that she didn't narrate the book herself, as she is an excellent public speaker, and the book was personal - though saying that the narrator did a fantastic job!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra W
    United Kingdom
    1/24/14
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    "Brilliant and very helpful."
    If you could sum up The Gifts of Imperfection in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking. Helpful. Insightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gifts of Imperfection?

    Realising I did some of the things mentioned and I could easily change this.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    It was fine, she sounded like she was actually talking to you rather than reading but was a little robotic sounding when reading quotes.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be yourself: Life is too short to worry about what others think.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth listening too, give it a chance it may just change your life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kyle
    6/15/15
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    "Very inspiring"

    Really enjoyed this book. The chapters going through the ten guideposts are very informative. I feel inspired to bring about changes in my life. Would wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Casey
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "fantastic, wise and witty"

    I love this book - if you've seen Brene Brown's TED talk you'll already know her style - impassioned, funny and inpeciably researched. This book's practical in it's focus - lots of tools and ideas to help improve your ability to live a more 'whole hearted' life. The only disappointment is that Brene Brown doesn't narrate it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • valerie farragher
    11/4/15
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    "AWESOME"

    One of the finest books, by a fine women....cant wait to hear her next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    10/17/15
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    "A life bible. Indispensable knowledge of how to live a wholehearted life from a wholehearted"

    This is a book that we could all do with reading! I have already shared so many of Brene's words with my daughter and friends. It's a bible for a way of life that feels very in tune with reality. Ultimately aligned with the universe. I loved the Dig deep anagram at the end of each chapter and will refer to these again and again until they are ingrained in my psychi. My goal having read this book is simply to live connected and wholeheartedly in every way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chas
    7/31/15
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    "Great"

    A couple of real nuggets: )
    recommended
    as it says; watch out for hustling for approval/worthiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cannycook
    7/26/15
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    "Learn more about yourself"
    Would you listen to The Gifts of Imperfection again? Why?

    This is a book you can return to again and again. As her other audible recordings it is great to listen to in the car especially on longer journeys


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to, and why?

    Louse Hay. I Can Do It


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Enjoyed how she illustrated her points with anecdotes from her wide experience


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh when I recognised the things I do to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Ella Mentry
    UK Cotswolds
    7/20/15
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    "Very interesting look into the self"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gifts of Imperfection the most enjoyable?

    I is a deep topic made easy to swallow.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to, and why?

    Daring Greatly is also by the same author and touches on the same topics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No only because you need to reflect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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