• Atlas of the Heart

  • Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (10,506 ratings)

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Number one New York Times best seller

In her latest book, Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”

In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through 87 of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances - a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Over the past two decades, Brown’s extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as on Brown’s singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

Brown shares, “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves.”

Includes a downloadable PDF of illustrations from the book 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Brené Brown (P)2021 Random House Audio

Editor's Pick

A wry portrait of a decade hanging in the balance
Born in the latter half of the 1990s, I’m what you might call a ''cusp'' millennial, a generational designation that feels oddly out of time. I can’t always relate to the experiences of slightly older peers, and yet I often feel ancient and out of touch among Gen Z. I’m old enough to remember Blockbuster, the Spice Girls, and the sputter of dial-up, but a bit too young to recall the oddity of Crystal Pepsi, not to mention anything regarding politics or economics. So, whether you’re a fellow cusper in need of a history lesson or you’re just seeking a new perspective on a moment in time, Chuck Klosterman’s smart new collection The Nineties is a must-listen. In his signature style—a near-scholarly analysis of pop culture and society punctuated by moments of sly, self-aware humor, incisive commentary, and probing introspection—Klosterman unpacks everything from Bush and Clinton to Garth Brooks to Biosphere 2, ruminating on the impact of each along the way. Shunning simple rosy retrospection, Klosterman instead offers a fresh, fascinating take on a time oft-reminisced but seldom reckoned with. —Alanna M., Audible Editor

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Perfect

This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to where the author/narrator recognized that listening to a book is not the same as reading. Dr Brown repeated several passages so the listener could really grasp what she was saying. I loved that so much. Thank you for doing such wonderful work

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Wish more authors would present audiobooks like Brene

I haven’t finished listening to this book yet, but wanted to write a review to encourage others to join this audiobook experience because, in addition to the great content, it’s the best audiobook I’ve listened to. I did a deep dive into Dr. Brown’s work over the last month and have listened to four of her audiobooks and many podcasts. They keep getting better. What I really enjoy about this book is that Brene—an audiobook listener herself—stops and rereads sections to connect the text for understanding for those of us who (like me) are walking, biking, cooking, etc., while they listen. It’s effective for me, and I’m really enjoying the experience, especially the little extra comments and reflections she inserts. Thank you, Brene, and great job presenting your audiobook as a conversational learning experience for listeners.

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As a college librarian that teaches information literacy, I am so grateful to Brené Brown for citing where she’s getting her information. In a world of misinformation and disinformation, I applaud and am grateful to her weaving in her storytelling with showing her references. Oh, and teaching me to name my feelings and shit. Love you, Brené.

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Brene Brown has helped me navigate some awfully difficult times in life. In some ways I feel indebted to her research and writing. However, this book kinda felt like a bad counseling session. Somewhere along the line Brene has found enough justification to insert her political ideology into her writing. I found it
So strange that she was willing to join the public pile-on for people who deviate from the mainstream narrative. After all, aren’t we all here to grow and be better to each other in love and sacrifice? Is there room to accept people who hold different ideals? I hope in the future that Brene does not use her research as a weapon to divide but to redeem and unite.

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The Political Propaganda Diminishes the Quality

I, for one, am sickened by those who are compelled to use their platforms to promote the propaganda of socialism. Braided into the otherwise brilliant material are the ongoing political references and assertions of a far left ideology. Sadly, it was so unnecessary and contributed nothing to the content. Not all readers are gullible teenage students living in a liberal college environment.

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If you have ever felt any emotion this book is a MUST***

Brene Brown
Offers a spell binding journey through the plethora of emotions that we all experience. She holds our hand and encourages us to go to the best and scariest places,continuously reminding us WE CAN DO THIS. She reassured us we will all be better off. The prize is authentic connection and a deeper experience of Love with ourselves and all others.

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The etymology of emotion is laid out with perfect grace and detail. I finally have the words…

Brené Brown has been a driving force for positive change in my life since 2014. I would dare to say she is THE conversation starter/leader for the catalytic power of vulnerability, shame, and connection in the lives of diverse, yet uniquely similar, humans worldwide. I will be forever grateful for the words to express things I have longed to say for years. These words have validated my feelings and brought meaning to confusing situations and emotions, and best of all — they help me make sense of myself and my relationships. I highly recommend this book

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Enjoyably self confronting master piece

I wish it was an international requirement for every household to have a copy of this book. It helps to re-educate myself and encourage others to do the same to better understand oneself and our behaviors towards each other. A true guide to re-define and dissect terminology regarding emotions and feelings, that will help to make each encounter and interaction with oneself and others more meaningful, effective, and purposeful.
It is so much more engaging when the author narrates his/her own story. Thanks for sharing you!

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  • 02-18-22

Audio is the way to go for Atlas of the Heart!

The way Brené Brown narrates brings life. Her voice communicates - I far prefer her narration to reading her books. She made this an engaging book.

Atlas of the Heart covers emotions. For me, every minute of it evokes feelings. She eases the listener into an openness to others' true feelings, and this will improve the quality of one's life, I believe.

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Good info / Wrong place for bad politics

There is valuable information in this book if you as the reader are able to stomach the author's poor and misguided political opinions. Some of the points are merely justifications for the left ludicrous agenda. The author brought up points such as the January 6th Insurrection, lgbtq, blm and many more. It is just disappointing that the author was unable to leave her political opinions out of what would have been a great book.

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