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The Gifts of Imperfection Audiobook
The Gifts of Imperfection
Written by: 
Brené Brown
Narrated by: 
Lauren Fortgang
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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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."

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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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    Carolyn G. Lomax 05-06-16
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    "Insightful"

    Enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was excellent and kept me engaged. The author shared insight to wholehearted living with personal and professional wisdom. Highly recommend this book.

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    Cornelia 05-04-16
    Cornelia 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book!"

    Such a beautiful & gentle way to write about the difficult topics that we all avoid. This book changed my perspective on allot of things.

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    N. E. Brown 05-01-16
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    "great book filled with insight"

    really great read or listen. full of ah-ha! moments. I would recommend this book to everyone

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    LadieM 05-01-16
    LadieM 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Life"

    a better life requires practice and this book provides realistic ways to incorporate wholehearted list into your everyday life. I will definitely listen again as I continue my journey.

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    Stephie C Tempe, AZ USA 04-30-16
    Stephie C Tempe, AZ USA 04-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I love Brene Brown!"

    Amazing writer and speaker! I Will continue to listen to and encourage others to listen as well.

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    Jay Moneta Aurora, CO 04-29-16
    Jay Moneta Aurora, CO 04-29-16 Member Since 2013

    Non-fiction fan! Bring on the self-improvement, business, sales & marketing books!

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    "Good insight... Miss Brene tho."

    First off, I got through the entire book and enjoyed it tremendously. No shame cycle intended here. All I'll say is that I really missed hearing Brene narrate! The narration is solid, great even. It's just not the cute sarcasm and humor I appreciate from Brene.

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    Sheila 04-21-16
    Sheila 04-21-16
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    "Thank you Brene"

    I'll be listening to this book over and over again as I work to ingest the concepts of shame resilience. As much as I enjoyed the narrator, I did often wish Brene herself had read this book. However, it didn't take away from the message.

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    Deb Hatch 04-19-16
    Deb Hatch 04-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible"

    This book resonated with me so very much that I listened to it, back-to-back, twice. Life lessons in how to dig deep at each session. Practical things I will put into practice immediately.

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    Mery 04-13-16
    Mery 04-13-16
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    "Love it"

    Life changing book... It really makes you analyze your life and helps you understand that one is enough

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    S S. 04-11-16
    S S. 04-11-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Get a new narrator"

    Good info but the narrator needs to be replaced-perhaps the author can narrate. This narrator is sing-songy, does not sound credible--sounds like that unbelievably irritating cheerleader!!!
    Looking forward to later books narrated by the author.

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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
    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
  • Oana
    7/13/15
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    "Fascinating facts about us and our imperfections"

    Vulnerability is seldom a subject that people talk about openly. Brené Brown's book captures fascinating details about shame and fear and joy and courage and authenticity. This book is easy to read (well, listen to) and it is a great reminder that our imperfections have their own role in our development and in our social relationships. Also, it has some very interesting references that I will certainly look for in more detail - such as that on play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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