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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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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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    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
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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!"

    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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    Saran T Chamberlain 10-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it, listened to again and bought the ibook"

    As stated in the book, there are so many self help books that are pie in the sky and unachievable. This deals with how it really is and how to improve your life step by step

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    Gloria 10-05-16
    Gloria 10-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "eye opening to the heart & head, thought provoking"

    loved it in places, not so much when my reflection was not what I wanted to see. great book!

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    Iain Bradbury 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better read than listened to."

    I would have loved to hear the author's voice. There was something flat about it that didn't keep me engaged. The book was very research based and perhaps more elaborate stories (rather than lots of little stories) would have made the book a bit more authentic. This is likely a book that is better to read than to listen to since it has some structure that is like a reference book.

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    Charity moore 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "informative and helpful. narration great an awsom"

    great for searching immersed meaning. A love to read. funny and heart felt. self awareness guide

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    Melissa Banyan Ridge 09-30-16 Member Since 2017

    I'm a cook, activist, gardener (hobby) who loves cats and a good meal with friends.

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    "Beautiful"

    I loved this book. My only criticism is that I wish Brene narrated. I love her voice. The narrator however did an excellent job!

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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!

    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
  • MS F
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    2/21/17
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    "Samey"

    If you are familiar with Brene Brown's work, then this is much of what you will have already read. Still good

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  • Ilias P
    1/22/17
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    "excellent material"

    this book is essential for everyone. it is very basic however a must listen. I will be suggesting that book to my team

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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

    0 of 0 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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