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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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    Cory R. 07-19-17
    Cory R. 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "transformative"

    Was pointed to this book by Tom Bilyeu and no questions asked. it is powerful and resonated so much I will read again.

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    Ruby Roof San Diego, CA United States 07-19-17
    Ruby Roof San Diego, CA United States 07-19-17 Member Since 2017

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    What did you like best about Daring Greatly? What did you like least?

    I like the content, it relevant to living a wholehearted life. I cannot handle the narrator and I cannot finish the audible version. It annoyed me so much I had to turn it off after several attempts at listening.


    Would you recommend Daring Greatly to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe the book for good content. Not the Audible version.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen White?

    Brene Brown


    Could you see Daring Greatly being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't listen...trying to figure out how to return.

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    Linda Gjokaj 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    Didn't like the narrator at all. She's robotic, for example. I'd rather get a hard copy for this one.

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    lizz godfroy 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Please re-record this book with a better narrator, Brene would be best."

    This narrator is killing this book for me. I have wanted to listen for a long time now, I am so disappointed that it's incredibly irritating. I love Brene and her work, her voice is amazing, why on earth would they have chosen this slow and annoying woman to read such an important and strong work!?!? Is there another version?

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    yoga4lovelisa 07-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing, so wonderfully written.. personally, I"

    personally I did not enjoy the style of the reader, so I had to end up placing it on 1 and 1/2 speed fast forward to get over her reading style which really annoyed me at first. Once I found that I could fast-forward I really got into the content of the book and I enjoyed it greatly. I have the paper copy as well and was able to follow along in some places. Highly recommended!

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    Dana Stuart Austin, Texas 07-15-17
    Dana Stuart Austin, Texas 07-15-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Love the book - hate the reading...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an amazing book with so many pearls of wisdom. However, as others have mentioned, the reading is horrible. So hard to listen to. Get the one that Brene reads first so you can pretend to hear her voice instead.


    What other book might you compare Daring Greatly to and why?

    Gifts of Vulnerability


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sappy and just didn't get what she was reading.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Daring Greatly?

    The manifestos stand out, but so many points are worth consideration.


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    Christine 07-15-17
    Christine 07-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful information, terrible narrator"

    Loved the book and brenees, but the reader made it unmanageable to digest the information. I would recommend buying the text instead of listening.

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    Justice h campbell 07-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What did I just buy?? An excellent book."
    Would you listen to Daring Greatly again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen again (few books rank that high with me). I bought this book, thinking it would be about taking risks in business (clearly, I should have read the description better). When I started listening to it, I was like, "What did I just buy?" ... But, after listening to it, I was very glad I bought it. This is a psychology book that actually works well helping to understand personal growth and working with others. The concepts of shame and vulnerability are really important for all of us to understand IMHO (what the author spent 12 years researching). How do we treat others? Is openness a welcome thing? The book explains these concepts in a way that's helpful to create better understanding and communication between people - how we express our feelings to others and how to get others to open up and relate to us.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think I would have made the story a bit more concise. The explanation of how to open up our vulnerability seemed very long ... but because it wasn't concise, it was not put in a short clear way that could be used for implementation.<br/>It would have also been nice if the author explained in greater detail getting others to open up to us (how to get others 'into the ring' as she describes it).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the book, the author points out how disconnected people are today. How people often ignore the existence of the other person serving them, at the drive-thru window, or the person giving the pedicure. This 'scene' or idea is surely going to be the big takeaway I will keep personally for years to come.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    See the 'scene' comment above. This book goes hand-in-hand with Keith Ferazzi's "Never Eat Alone". Both hinge on a single important concept. That being - if you want to truly relate to another person or set of people, its important to show vulnerability.


    Any additional comments?

    For women that read this book ... the author's explanation of how men see sex and how men deal with shame is dead on.<br/>If you are a woman and you really want to understand men better, particularly why we do not often show our vulnerability, read this book.

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    Alicia Huxtable 07-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Transformative story. Mediocre narrator."

    This book was very insightful. I have listened to the book twice. My only complaint is the narrators lack of emotional connection to the story. I feel that the emotion and humor of Brene Brown is lost without her own voice.

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    Nan 07-04-17
    Nan 07-04-17
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    "Too abstract and theoretical"

    Not having much practical guidance but bit too abstract and theoretical. Trying to use abstract words to explain abstract key concepts of the book.

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