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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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    Rachel Fraser Jasper, Alberta Canada 10-22-16
    Rachel Fraser Jasper, Alberta Canada 10-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "More Brene pls"

    I love Brene's insights. They are so relevant to my struggles right now. I just so much prefer when she does her own narration!! Her attitude just brings a realness to her research that is so comforting with wrestling with these tough, scary and sometimes vague concepts!

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    Lauren S 10-21-16
    Lauren S 10-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    I think I need to listen to this again. She has a great personality and the topic is easy to relate to, but it's not terribly engaging so I found that even minor road hazards totally distracted me and I had to rewind. For me perhaps this would have been better as a read than a listen.

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    Jessica Burford 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Type A: You need this book"

    Not only has this book helped me better understand clients and human beings in general, Brene Brown's story is extremely relatable. She is ME. She completely brought me to tears on several occasions because I have lived oh. so. many of her stories and explanations. Very, very powerful read.
    The narrator has a very 'whistley' S, that's almost piercing to the ears. Once you get past that, the 'story' sucks you right it. This is no self help book like I've ever (tried) to read. This is real, honest, shit for every 'perfectionist.'

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    ERICA L. TALLEY 10-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "This is one gift I can't bring myself to regift."
    What disappointed you about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    There were so many visible elements of disconnect. As a woman and mother, I expected to be able to connect with Brown and gain from her narrative. Instead, I was left feeling like she was still searching for answers to questions she's attempting to answer here.


    Has The Gifts of Imperfection turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but I very well could be turned off from other books by the author.


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

    At some point I determined that it could potentially be the narrator's holier-than-though tone that was turning me off from this read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I'm struggling with the notion that her story could be so far from my reality that neither of us could be of benefit to the other.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book as part of a book discussion at my job. Maybe that was the fatal flaw.

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    diane 10-17-16
    diane 10-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Repeat of "the power of Vulnerability""
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    with caution.


    Did Lauren Fortgang do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    ok. Brene Brown does her own narrations well.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate rating this badly but it is the exact same information as Brene Brown's, The power of vulnerability. It is very good information to ponder, but not when you buy two different books from the same author just to hear the same message. I feel a bit ripped off.

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    panamajay 10-15-16
    panamajay 10-15-16
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    "Join the movement"

    I wish Brene Brown was my sister, best friend, Mom, and or therapist. I love her real way of talking and saying things how they truly are. Deep and raw and terrifying and awesome. I am scared to death but excited to put the changes in my life that I learned from this book.

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    starman4 Albert100 10-13-16
    starman4 Albert100 10-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a freeing book"

    You will learn the difference between living an authentic life and one only out of others expectations.

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    George Metz 10-13-16
    George Metz 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Reads like an extended pretentious blog post."

    This book was recommended to me and has been in my queue for almost a year. I've been really looking forward to finally exploring it based upon my friends recommendation. After making it through the first two chapters, I figured that shit the author was just introducing herself and that's why she continuously spoke about how well she handled problems and issues that came her way but as the book continued, I found that that was just her writing style. This book reads like an extended pretentious blog post. What the author puts forward as anecdotal stories to prove her credentials comes across as braggadocious. Story after story full of how her unique experience and perspective can bring insight unlike anyone else but then falling short of actually digging into a subject.

    At several points I paused the book to make sure I wasn't casting judgment or blaming it on the narration. I really wanted to like this book but it it was unbearable.

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    Gina Hendry Ellsworth, Maine, US 10-11-16
    Gina Hendry Ellsworth, Maine, US 10-11-16
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    "Fantastic book!"

    This book was powerful. A must read for codependents like me who struggling with the demon of never feeling good enough. I will read this book multiple times I'm sure! Thanks Brené!! ❤❤❤

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    Kenton 10-10-16
    Kenton 10-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    Great reminder of the truth that we can forget and even run away from! Will read this book a few more times.

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