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Daring Greatly Audiobook

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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Publisher's Summary

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. A nationally renowned teacher and speaker, she is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t). Her groundbreaking work has been featured widely in the media, including PBS and NPR.

©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A wonderful book: urgent, essential, and fun to read. I couldn’t put it down, and it continues to resonate with me.” (Seth Godin, New York Times best-selling author)

“In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown refers to herself as both a mapmaker and a traveler. In my book, that makes her a guide. And I believe the world needs more guides like her who are showing us a wiser way to our inner world. If you’d like to set your course on being more courageous and connected, engaged and resilient, leave the GPS at home. Daring Greatly is all the navigation you’ll need.” (Maria Shriver, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-12-12
    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice Point Overly Stated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Mostly because it was unnecessarily long in my opinion. I get where she was going, but if you've read any of Brene Brown's other books, there's just so much repeat information. Not quite sure what made this one different for her. Unfortunately, the narration was so distracting that I couldn't get through the whole thing. Even so, a lot of times when I get a bad narration, I can usually tell if the text is worth it and I'll buy the ebook. I don't feel compelled to do that this time.


    What was most disappointing about Brené Brown’s story?

    The repetition of themes and information from her other books. I felt like it was just another book about shame. Also it came off as a little self-righteous at times, but I couldn't tell if that was the words or the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

    This narrator was trying way too hard to get across what was already in the words. She sounded so forced - like she was trying to give it so much emotion. The book already has that tone, very emotional and heartfelt, so the narrator just over did it. She also made the author sound self-righteous in a lot of parts due to her tone. Particularly when the author talked about moments where she felt shocked or saddened by another's reactions. If she'd pulled back and let it flow naturally it would have been much better.


    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 02-23-17
    Sara 02-23-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Didn't like the narrator"

    I really wanted to listen to this book but I just can't get past the voice of this narrator. Something about her voice is unsettling for me to listen to. Instead of listening to the message of the book, I'm busy thinking about why her voice bothers me so much. I wish I just bought this book instead of the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Brooks Seattle, WA USA 07-31-16
    Kris Brooks Seattle, WA USA 07-31-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Needs to be re-narrated"
    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    I wish I had read the review first. I'm reading this book for work and am having a hard time getting through it with the current narrator. I then watched some of Brene's videos and this seriously should be narrated by her!!! The narrator is too slow and is quite frankly making this book weird. I'm going to have to just read the book and try to get that woman's voice out of my head.

    Please ask Brene to narrate this book!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daring Greatly?

    how awful the narrator is


    How could the performance have been better?

    Brene to narrate the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Wolf 07-30-16
    Chris Wolf 07-30-16
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    "Good book read badly"

    While the content of this book on genuineness is great, the reading of it is so phony that I can't bear to listen to it. I will go back to listening to Brene Brown speak her own words; she speaks from the heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Ward Jumping Branch, WV United States 07-25-16
    Nicholas Ward Jumping Branch, WV United States 07-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible Audio"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Purchased the Power of Vulnerability and loved it. I don't think twice when ordering this audio. It sounds computer generated. It's so bad that I can't even stand to listen to it. Very frustrating!


    What could Brené Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Love Brene Brown


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

    No


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

    Cannot finish the audio. I will have to purchase the actual hard copy of the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Breana R Toropoc 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the author but..."

    Subject is great, the author writes in an approachable way BUT I Can't stand the narrator! Way too sing-song-y!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan T. 07-05-16
    Jonathan T. 07-05-16
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    "worst narrator"

    The narrator was so terrible I couldn't get into the book. Rating is based solely on narration and not content of book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Brene"

    I love Brene Btown's work!!!! I DO NOT LIKE THIS NARRATOR. She really ruins the book. Brene does an excellent job as a narrator in Raising Strong

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    VLT 12-19-14
    VLT 12-19-14
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    "Who can listen to this"
    What would have made Daring Greatly better?

    The voice of the narrator was so hard to listen to that I couldn't even get through the book. I actually quit audible because of it. I don't want to purchase an audio book where I can't return a book that is way to difficult to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Who could get through it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Heavily!!! I didn't make it one minute into the book before I had to stop. I was so annoyed by the sound of her voice. UHG!!!


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

    Who could listen to it!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I want another book to replace this!!!

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "DO NOT BUY before listening to the sample!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narration on this book sounds computerized and is too difficult to listen too. I didn't make it through 5 minutes. I will just buy the book for my kindle


    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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