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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, she 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.

©2012 Brené Brown (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Probably good, couldn't listen anymore

I am a fan of the author and was looking forward to listening to this book on a long car drive. I got to about to chapter 3 when I couldn't take the voice of the reader anymore. She sounded like a computer reading the book. I'll have to read it myself to see how the book really is.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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One star for narration

I am easily irritated by sounds and the narrator's voice was not my cup of tea. I couldn't get past the first few minutes. I love Brene's work, but I will have to read this one the old fashioned way.

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Terrible Narration

Couldn't get pst the first 10 minutes. It sounds like a robot reading the material- absolutely no flow! So disappointed. Returned.

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A formidable masterpiece

This book is a phenomenal, life-changing, culture-defining piece of work. When I say culture-defining, it's with the deepest hope that our society will evolve towards integrating and cultivating the idea unearthed by Brene Brown and contained in this book, the culmination of 12 years of research.

It was so powerful that I read (well, listened) to it entirely today.

It is now famous enough that you will find other, probably better reviews than mine so I'll let other do the critics job.

I just want to testify on a personal level that, despite being somewhat intelligent emotionally (in the sense of Daniel Coleman), more empathic than average, and throughout my life deeply concerned and willing to "do the right thing" in all I do and especially in regards to relationships and human interactions in general, I realized with this book how flawed some of my actions have been, how counterproductively I have behaved at times with some of the dearest people around me (some of whom are now out of my life, because either they or I or both of us left, and now I feel like I understand why much better than ever; it's a book that heals in that tough but awesome way). Sometimes it's been obvious to me that I made mistakes, but this book sheds a new, more subtle light on key moments that I thought I handled well. It is a fascinating, deeply humbling, and prodigiously empowering read for one who wishes to grow and become an ever better person, for themselves and their loved ones.

I wholeheartedly recommend it, and would love for it to be a somewhat mandatory read in highschool philosophy classes —if we were ever to reconsider philosophy as mere recipes for a good life (which it is, at its core), away from the intellectual/scholar approach (kind of like we all need to learn to speak and write, whereas making literature studies is almost another topic entirely).

Two remarks to wrap this up.

1. I listen at a relatively fast pace (usually 1.5× to 2.5×) and contrary to many reviews here and on Amazon, I did not find the narrator bad at all. In fact it was very intelligible and, although sped up making it hard to evaluate the tone, I found it quite 'compatible' with Brene's Brown own speech (afaik, from TED, YouTube interviews, etc.) Obviously not perfect, but well enough that I could "see" her talking to me in my mind throughout the book.

2. Besides the TED talk that I had watched last year (and had moved me to tears, perhaps because it came at a particular time of my life when it resonated so deeply with my own struggles; and that I had subsequently shared quite insistingly with everyone I loved), I came to reading the book itself because it was recommended by Tom Bilyeu on his "Impact Theory" reading list (Google these words and you'll find the page, 25 outstanding books). It's one of the most impressive read in the list so far IMHO, but there are many other gems in there, that I think most people should read as well.

Daring Greatly was a rare, great moment. I'll read it again, perhaps every year, to never stray too far off this important knowledge. And I am forever grateful to Brene Brown for having done this work, and for writing and sharing it with the world. If history went my way, this would be the beginning of a much, much better age for human civilizations, kinda like Ancient Greeks founded an enlightened era that lasts to our days. Will people still be reading Daring Greatly as a classic by the year 4,000? Hopefully, yes!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Love Brené Brown, do not love this reader.

I️ can’t get through this audiobook because of the reader. Karen White reads this nonfiction book as though it were a mystery or a thriller. Her voice reaches up into higher pitches as though she is about to reveal who committed the crime. At other times, she sounds as if her voice is being computer generated. Her inflections and tone don’t match the written words of Brené Brown and they don’t match how Brené Brown speaks. I would like to “return” this purchase.

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The Narration is God Awful

Ok I am really interested in reading/listening to this book but I CAN NOT handle the robotic voice. It was void of all inflection and has weird voice automated pauses. It’s extremely distracting. Please fix this.

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Narrator speaks at an odd pace

I can't finish the whole book because the narrator speaks at such a slow pace and soft tone that it is distracting. Speeding it up doesn't help either. I guess I'll have to get a hard copy.

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High expectations were not met

I love Brene Brown but could not get into this book. I don’t know if it was the content or the voice but I haven’t been able to even finish it.

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So glad I was introduced to this material.

There are a few books that have helped shape and reform my life. This is one of those books. Thank you for the research and the honest telling of the information as it impacts your own life too.

I got used to the audio narrator who dared greatly to read this book and appreciate her offering. But I did have to get over my desire to have heard the author read her work.

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Narrator is very difficult to listen to.

I love Brene's wisdom, I love her books, but it was very difficult to listen to the narrator! She sounds very unauthentic and it was hard to keep my focus on what she was saying. I'm sure that it is time consuming for the author to do the Audible version of a book , But so so worth it for the listening audience!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful