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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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    Mark 08-21-16
    Mark 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    very intriguing and one of the best narrations I have come across one long time

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    ML 08-21-16
    ML 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wasted Money"

    Can't bear to listen to the narrator so have bought the paper book to read instead. Would be infinitely better with Brene Brown herself reading the book.

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    Catherine 08-15-16
    Catherine 08-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Learning how we all function"

    loved it! I find it fascinating to learn how we all (including myself) handle self-imposed and society imposed perfection. every chapter had lots of nuggets of inspiration and "aha" moments. I am going to listen again and again...in my question to conquer the perfection monster.

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    Kiersten 08-15-16
    Kiersten 08-15-16
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    "Great Book"

    I really enjoyed this book. Brené's Ted Talks are what drew me to purchase this audiobook and it was exactly what I'd hoped. I intend to buy another of her books in the future.
    Like all self-help kind of books on Audible though, I recommend pausing to think about what is being said after each chapter. Sometimes it's easier to take lessons when you can highlight and actual page, but I found with this and other books of this genre I had to pause frequently to get the best out of it.

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    Anna Hendry 08-15-16
    Anna Hendry 08-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "brilliant book - I thoroughly enjoyed it."

    it was informative, open and real. loved it. cant wait to get my hands on the next book.

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    Lina 08-13-16
    Lina 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So well researched , so we'll written"

    Wonderful book. Wonderfully narrated. I could not put it down. it was so insightful and so accurate. Fascinating to me.

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    Christy 08-13-16
    Christy 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books I have ever read! "

    This book has the potential of being life changing! Brene recognizes my human nature & gives definition to my feelings. She gives me permission to let go & cheers me on to change. Brene has the ability in a kind and understanding manner and a "I've been there, so you can do this!" sort of personal way to convince me that I AM worthy; I am brave; I am loved and I AM ENOUGH with all my vulnerabilities and fears and shame...YES we are ENOUGH!!! Bless you Brene & thank you!

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    S. Hill TN 08-12-16
    S. Hill TN 08-12-16

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    "Loved it. So relevant to life. Informative"

    Never realized what I was doing to myself with my thoughts about my self. I am now trying to think positively about myself

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    Jill Mortensen 08-08-16
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    "Incredibly insightful and brilliant."

    Can't recommend this book enough. It has changed the way I think about everything, in the very best way!

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    Dylyn Wilkinson 08-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    Found this incredibly helpful although it ignores some relevant aspects and effects of societal oppression

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    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!

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  • Sandra W
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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/8/16
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    "Short and Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Gifts of Imperfection again? Why?

    Many useful pieces and would definately be worth tucking in to again.


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

    The quotes and life experiences shared from Brene Brown


    Any additional comments?

    Would choose another book by the same author

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  • 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

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  • 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

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