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Publisher's Summary

A courageous, life-changing memoir that teaches us to apply the lessons learned by those nearing their death to our own life.

After too many years of unfulfilling work, Bronnie Ware began searching for a job with meaning. Despite having no formal qualifications or experience, she found herself working in palliative care.

During the time she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying, Bronnie's life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog post about the most common regrets that the people she had cared for had expressed to her. The post, also called 'The Top Five Regrets of the Dying', gained so much momentum that it was viewed by more than three million people worldwide in its first year. At the request of many, Bronnie now shares her personal story.

Bronnie has had a colourful and diverse life. By applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, she developed an understanding that it is possible for everyone, if they make conscious choices, to die with peace of mind. In this heartfelt retelling, Bronnie expresses the significance of these regrets. She explains how we can address these issues positively now, while we still have the time.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing gives hope for a better world. Bronnie's delightful memoir is a courageous, life-changing book that will leave you feeling more compassionate and inspired to live the life you are truly here to live.

©2012 Bronnie Ware (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Ok book

Ok book - more of an autobiography of the author with a lot of irrelevant information and stories. I was thinking it was more of a dive into the top five regrets of the dying, which seemed to be only a small part of the book.

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ABSALUTY LOVE HER VOICE

I truly loved this book, it warmed my heart in so many ways, truly amazing.

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This is One of my favorite books

This book resonated so well with me

I think many people come to read/listen to this for the lessons that the dying can teach us Ad that’s why I came

The author’s voice, story, intention and experiences shape this into a wonderful experience

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I am glad I am reading this book in my 20s

This is a great eye opening book I already feel like I have more courage then before I listen to it. She seems like a really sweet women.

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beautiful

a beautiful story of learning and personal growth. many lessons to be learned. a new favorite.

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Buy this book!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Well written and well narrated! This book reminds you to enjoy every precious moment you have here on earth.

What other book might you compare The Top Five Regrets of the Dying to and why?

The Universe Has Your Back

What does Bronnie Ware bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This book would be great if you were just reading it but having the book read by the author gives an extra sense of intimacy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A reflection of life.

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Life Changing

Excellent book to remind us of what is really important and to live each day to the fullest because life is short. Loved having the author read the book, wish more would do so.

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Not my cup of tea

Not sure what I was expecting, I think I was looking for an intellectual and existential account of peoples’ regrets, and possibly some lessons to be learned from them. The author stated early on this book started as a blog post that got a lot of positive response. Honestly, the shorter version might have been better. The five lessons took up all of 20 minutes, the rest felt more like an autobiography of someone I didn’t know and whose life wasn’t that interesting to me. Generally books that use the word “I” more than 100 times and are actually referring to the author themselves don’t tend to thrill me, and often seems a bit narcissistic. This was one of those for me. Also I found the authors own voice, while perhaps well suited for a caregiver, whispy and soft for a narrator. I really wanted to like this book, but ultimately it was just not what I was looking for. If you want to hear the personal life story of this woman, with a few bits of wisdom thrown in, it might be the book for you.

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  • Mr Clarke
  • 11-23-17

Makes you think about the important suff

May not be for everyones writting style or philosophy but should inspire all who dig in and hear the messages.

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  • k waldron
  • 11-09-17

Boring

I honestly bought this book thinking it was going to be filled with wisdom from the dying
It was unbelievably boring and just about her life which was boring I only got to chapter 12 and stopped it.

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  • michell1200
  • 10-20-17

Life changing

Amazing book and will change you and your thinking great story and will listen again

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  • Betty
  • 02-01-18

inspiring stories

If you could sum up The Top Five Regrets of the Dying in three words, what would they be?

I loved listening to Bronnie's stories , they all tied in well with the title and exemplified well the points she was putting a cross

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The book was certainly thought provoking. A small critisism was that I found her voice not the easiest to listen too

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  • james
  • 12-04-17

OMG what an amazing insight

All I can say is wow.
This book blew me away.
What a concept, to take the lessons of the dieing and apply them to the living.
An inspiring auther.