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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
Narrated by: Bronnie Ware
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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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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More About Her Life Than the Dying

The book's title is a bit deceptive. It's really about her journey as a caretaker in the persons she ran across. While her sample size is larger than most people would have, it's far from a scientific study. Nonetheless the points are well-made, and it's hard to argue with some of her conclusions.

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Just google a summary instead

Dont buy this book if you just want to know the top five regrets of the dying!

The author uses much of the the book to describe her own life experiences at tedious length mixed with her own pocket philosophy and new age bla bla. This is not what I expected. I want my money back.

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  • Ontherock
  • Littleton, CO United States
  • 06-27-18

Disappointing

Base on the title, I was anxious to read this book, especially since a close family member has terminal cancer. But I bailed out a few chapters into it. The author rambles from her solo travels, to her diet, to her relationship with her mother, etc. I would have preferred that she just get to the point. Could have been a concise, easy, impactful read. Unfortunately, that is not what it is.

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  • Robert
  • Charlotte, NC, US
  • 08-08-19

Yeah but what about those five regrets again?

Reads too much like an autobiography of the author versus being focused on the individuals dying with wisdom to share.

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The book was just too long!

This book is more of a memoir than a deep study on the top five regrets of the dying. I expected to be inspired but I ended up listening to stories non-stop. Can’t finish the book. Had to return it.

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A must read for everybody

Or anybody who is too busy getting through life rather than enjoying it. Excellent life lessons, wisdom and insight.

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  • ScottieG
  • REDMOND, WA, United States
  • 06-27-18

Deeply recommended

This book and its stories will talk to the depths of the heart and you will be better because of it. The stories instill the very real, but never talked about aspects of death, that will prepare you for loss in your life and the principles to never live with these regrets

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a very good listen.<br />

The final chapter is a wonderful summary.
It brings the book full circle and leaves you with
words of wisdom and "ahh ha moments"... The analogy of" the Muck" resonated grestly with me. Bronnie's lovely accent adds to the rhythm of the story being shared. nicely done.

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Not good

Un libro deprimente. Respeto mucho los puntos de vista, y son valiosas las lecciones... Pero la narración es muy deprimente, no es un libro de motivación la verdad. Me urgía que acabará. Todo se podía haber resumido. No me gustó nada.

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  • Naushin Hossain
  • 03-31-19

Touched me to the core!

This book is full of wisdom! I cannot share it with enough people. Thank you so much Bronnie! You are such an inspiration. You have taught me lessons that is going to help me focus on my goals and priorities. I shall from now honour my needs and live a life that is true to myself. I pray that you are always preserved in your gentleness and beauty and continue to be a glowing light bulb for all those around you!

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  • Charli
  • 12-03-18

Get this book in your life before it is too late!

What an emotional rollercoaster. I think Bronnie has done her "patients" proud, she has passed on what they wanted the world to know and what a great messenger she is! The messages are so strong in this book, the supporting stories increase the impact of the words greatly. Bronnie seems like a completely enlightened person, certainly a spirit making the most if her human experience, which I think adds even more impact to the words.
I think this book would be of great value to everyone. We could all learn a lot from Bronnie and a lot from those that have died...

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  • M Ingledew
  • 09-25-18

I loved this audio book - a journey

A lovely story of the journey a caring and kind soul took to make others comfortable in their final days - but what they shared is what will put your life in to context. Material things are pointless, what others think is a wase of energy. Will listen to this book again I am sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-19

Inspiring, insightful and philosophical

Beautiful and heartening true story read and written by a wonderful lady. A must read!

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  • Mrs Cathy
  • 08-10-19

Unsurprising regrets but important to hear

None of the five lessons are surprising. However this book is still a compelling read and will hopefully make you rethink your own life and whether you are living it to the fullest - whether you will have any regrets when your time comes. And Bronnie's tale makes you realise that your time will indeed come - and sooner than you think, which is very sobering. Yes you can just look up the five regrets and think about them, but reading this book provides background and evidence for them, making them much more real and urgent. Although Bronnie has a tendency to fall into ungrounded soliloquies which come across as a bit of mumbo-jumbo, it is also fascinating and humbling to hear about her life as a palliative carer with stories about death which most of us never directly experience in our daily lives.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-19

A great book

a really interesting book easy to listen to and packed full of good advice to alter the way we think about how ww live our lives. let us all have no regrets when our time is up

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  • Pavel Urubcik
  • 09-20-18

Disappointing, haven't learned anything

I expected I would learn something about life from this book given its rating. Something in the lines of crucial but not so self evident life lessons that one might find otherwise only at the end of it all.
What I got was uninteresting life story of a person working with dying people. Lessons I got were basic principles of living life as a human. Striving for happiness by means of personal responsibility, honesty and understanding of the world around us. All that while suggesting there's a dichotomy between work or money and happiness. Everyone needs to find their own balance.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-19

Thought provoking

Great content and message!
Whilst the book was a little too “hippie” to be totally relatable, I did enjoy being able to contrast those extremely strong view points against my own.
Definitely made me rethink my life and what I am doing in it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Inspired

We can all do with being reminded to be kinder to ourselves and more accepting of the moment and the learning to be had. Thank you

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  • Melanie Grigg
  • 07-24-18

wow

What a beautifully written book!!! What more can I say? Being a nurse and midwife myself she writes so eloquently from the perspective of those taking someone through such a beautiful and challenging time. Wow

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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

Any additional comments?

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.