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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

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?
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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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    A. Alrezaq Canada 11-12-15
    A. Alrezaq Canada 11-12-15 Member Since 2015

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    "How to ruin an audiobook"

    Seriously, either buy this book or go buy The Power of Vulnerability instead--those talks by Brene have all this content and more. If you hadn't already heard the latter, this may contain something for you, but I found it dry and not convincing--unlike her more developed material that she used to put her seminar together. It was basically like a cliffnotes version (although this may have come first--not sure), with nothing new...a waste of a credit.

    But really, it's not that this book is poor--it's this horrible narrator choice. I'm sure she's fine reading fiction, but she ruins the content. She reads it like she doesn't even know what she's reading, like Brene is some fictional character she doesn't believe in. She makes everything sound trite and hollow, sometimes almost to the point of sounding ludicrous. How in the world did Audible think this was a good idea?

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    jhoang 11-10-15
    jhoang 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfully told non fiction"

    research told in reflective story form. narration wonderful, captures the wry writing style well! learned a lot and enjoyed it.

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    paula 11-07-15
    paula 11-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm officially a brene brown junkie"

    Wonderful and genuine writer. May her writing be spread countlessly everywhere. Lots of Love, from Denmark.

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    Sam Allen 11-04-15
    Sam Allen 11-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible voice, good content"

    This readers voice is MUCH too sappy for down to earth Brenée a Brown material. It was TORTURE to get through this. I also feel as though there aren't as many good stories as in Brown's other books. PLEASE read your own work, BRENÉE.

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    Carolyn Presson 11-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    What would have made The Gifts of Imperfection better?

    I wrote with an inquiry as to an issues with playing "The Gifts Of Imperfection." As of yet, I've not received a response, and the audio continues to not play. If this can be resolved, I would like to listen to the audio book. Thanks!


    What did you like best about this story?

    No idea. It isn't playing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lauren Fortgang?

    F. L. Pierce in Chattanooga, TN. F. L. spent his life as a radio announcer for the Moody Network. His speaking voice is impeccable.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be grateful for assistance in getting it to play. Thanks!

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    Bethany 10-30-15
    Bethany 10-30-15
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    "Life changing"

    I am going to keep one ear phone in at all times to hear these truths Brene Brown speaks about as reminder. I cried, I laughed, I allowed myself to feel. Healing happened, freedom happened, deeper friendship happened all as a result from this book. We started a book club because of this book.

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    Piky 10-14-15
    Piky 10-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Information, Annoying Valley-girl Voice"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    Brene Brown's combining of research and sound-logic with real-life stories make the information truly helpful and applicable. There were so many insights I gained from reading this book, it resonated with me deeply.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

    Part self-help, part social science and psychology. This book is for the thinking person who is interested in self-help but looking for it to come from a credible source.


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

    Her stylistic choice of voice inflection was a bit too much of a valley-girl, sorority-girl type of voice which I found irritating and at times I found it getting in the way of my absorption of the information. This is, of course, a personal preference.


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    Kurt 10-13-15
    Kurt 10-13-15
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    "to much was ssss in the recording, content lacking"

    I couldn't finish this book. too much ssss in the recording and the content seemed limited. Like listening to a person talk for 20 minutes and they didn't really say anything.

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    Jana S. 10-09-15
    Jana S. 10-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted to love it"

    I disagreed with most of the spiritual aspects of this book. there were some good points but over all I wouldn't recommend and didn't think some of the information was overly accurate.

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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!

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  • 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

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Lady Ella Mentry
    UK Cotswolds
    7/20/15
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    "Very interesting look into the self"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gifts of Imperfection the most enjoyable?

    I is a deep topic made easy to swallow.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to, and why?

    Daring Greatly is also by the same author and touches on the same topics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No only because you need to reflect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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