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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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Catherine MacMahon 07-19-16
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    "Love the book, not the narrator"

    The narrator seemed too prim and proper for this book. But after listening to Brene Brown herself narrator "The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting", it's a tough act to follow.

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    Dala 07-19-16
    Dala 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "read it if"

    If you are looking for definitions of basic emotions and words to describe the way you feel and how to deal with it that's the book for you.

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    Hend 07-17-16
    Hend 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Content duplication "

    I tried to be at know nothing state during hearing it but 60% of the book content is duplicated from "The power of vulnerability" it was like i bought the book again!
    it was very disappointing.

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    Antoinette 07-14-16
    Antoinette 07-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent reading. &Super for Your spirit -Soul!!!"

    thank you Brenne Brown AND Autible 4-giving my blind Ass !!!-You've helped me by bringing me. bioks. and wisdom.... Ur both The Bomb!-Thank you. RJANK YOU~ other helpful books of Hope & serenity or better way of living thinking. LIVING JOYFULLY R (The Secret) & (Awake in the Dream) THANX AGAIN #!!!!!!

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    Joshua Kimmis 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Doormat Syndrome"

    Having suffered a life of doormat syndrome for years, I've been looking for someone to tell me that the bravest thing I can do for myself if stand up for myself. Change, and bravery, is a process.

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    QTpieLinZ 07-13-16
    QTpieLinZ 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Guideposts"

    I connected with most of what this book offered. I felt the twinges and grimaces of digging deep but was glad to explore what she offered. I'm hopeful that using these tools will build a greater life and experience. I have read a few "self help" books but none have been so spot on before.

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    Katie 07-12-16
    Katie 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this reading!"

    Brene Brown is such a genius, just love what she has to say about Wholehearted living. The narration was perfect for me. So good I am listening to it again!

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    Bianca Weeda Colorado, USA 07-07-16
    Bianca Weeda Colorado, USA 07-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Listening twice"

    Liked this so very much. There are many concepts that have a ring of truth here. Not a step by step guidebook but starts patterns of thought that I want to encourage. Finished it but I already want to listen again for more details I missed.

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    R. Metzelar Miami, Florida 07-06-16
    R. Metzelar Miami, Florida 07-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Distracting Narrator"

    Bought this without sampling thinking it was narrated by the author (my mistake). Once I realized my error, was willing to give it a shot, but struggled through the less than five-hour listen for over a month. Narrator mispronounces a handful of not difficult words, and has an eerie, yet difficult to pinpoint stepford-like quality to her tone and cadence (plus a very distracting tooth whistle). Happy to be finished & plan to avoid narrator in the future.

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    Nadia 07-03-16
    Nadia 07-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful"

    I really enjoyed the content of this book. Well researched and written. I found the narrator a little hard to listen to. Not sure if it was simply a pitch in her voice, which would be a personal preference thing, or if she was just a little too quick in her pace. I love when a narrator makes the book feel like a conversation is being had, or story is unfolding. This felt a little like a rushed reading. That said, I will recommend this book to many.

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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
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    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
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    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
  • Amazon Customer
    8/20/16
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    "The gift of 'The Gifts'"

    This is wonderful to listen to. I realised a new focus of thinking. Very good.

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  • leonie
    8/11/16
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    "love"

    great read and content. wonderful book on how people feel about life without holding back.

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  • 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 1 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 1 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

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