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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Impactful and Life-Changing Message

Listening to this book brought about a suddenness to re-examine how I've spent my time and, in turn, how I've lead my life to this point.

The book provides invaluable insights of people who are knowingly running out of their own time on earth; including their views on a truly meaningful life, and regrets which they would carry to their graves. While each story is different, common threads are easily identified through the stories of the people featured in this book. I will revisit this work in the future to refresh the message and the lessons I've learned.

Grateful to the author for putting this book out into the world. Thank you Bronnie Ware.

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Fantastic book, awkward natration.

It may be just me but it was a bit unnatural the way in wich an over effort to be breathy and soothing dominated the whole narrtion at times making it monotone. Lack of diction meaning pronpunciation did not seem to be clear it aounded as if ahe was barely opening her mouth to speak. This improved in later chapters. Perhaps its just me because I am over sensitive to sound. What annoyed me the most was the prevalent underlying pleading tone inflection or voice in most of the book. Yes it is a delicate matter but I felt the pleading or almost pity tone was unnecessary to narrating almost the whole book. For the most part i did not notice until chapters changed. And things that had nothing to do with dying ppl were narrated in that tone. Thats when I became aware and annoyed. For some occassions it was highly appropriate. For others, and for most of the book, i felt it detracted from the actual absorbtion of the informatuon trying to make the listener ... feel something in particular through the way it wa narrated. but I feel that too was lost.

Overall though this is a life changing book. I am over sensitive to sound so my cocnern is most likely not relevant to most ppl, but these are my two cents. Overall do not be discouraged most ppl would find it soothing i guess? Please please give this a chance ans allow it to change your life.

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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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  • 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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  • Stephen Pearson
  • 12-15-20

I recommend that everyone reads this

This will help everyones journey in life. People with little life experience can learn lessons. People that have lived through death and problems will find comfort and familiarity, and learn some lessons too. I did feel a loss of pace in places. Still on my must read list.

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  • alex
  • 11-01-20

Brilliant

This is a great book everyone should read or listen.

It talks very honestly about the experience of Bronnie working with dying people, her lessons learned and her own transformation in the process of taking care of dying people.

Reading this books let’s you learn from the regrets of others and gives clarity on how to live your life so that regret does not come to you when your time comes by.

Highly recommended

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  • Nadia Miscione
  • 10-09-20

Saint on earth?

The concept was good, BUT I was not expecting so much about the author and so relatively little about the subjects. More a memoir and an entirely flattering one. So much goodness I found a little difficult to digest.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-20

Life Changing Book

This book is a gift to all of us. We don't have to wait until we are on our deathbeds to really understand what life is about, this book gives us the chance to 'get our shit together' now!!!!!

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  • N. Richards
  • 02-28-20

Should be on the National Curriculum

I would recommend this book to EVERYONE, it really should be a book that is studied in secondary schools introducing young adults to these ways of thinking from an early age. It’s such a truly inspirational book, written with true heart, soul, compassion and complete authenticity, and so lovely to have the author herself read the story. Love and light to her for the courage and beauty of sharing all of her experiences with us ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-20

lovely book

read quite well. loved the book
would recommend ,nice personal stories. bit of a story about author also

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-20

Pretty depressing. But had good ending

Thought provoking but depressing. Good summary at the end. But overall a bit too long.

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  • Marita
  • 11-19-20

Better for having read it

Some books are great to read just because they show off an aspect of human nature that is inspiring and uplifting. Bronnie Ware's story is inspiring. She is inspiring. A person who cares about the world and the people in it. Well put together, and easy to identify with.

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  • Rainbow
  • 09-13-20

Beautifully Written

An absolutely beautifully written book so profound it cannot change the way you live life, thank you deeply Bronnie xx

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  • Salman
  • 07-10-20

A unique insight

I listened to this book wanting to listen to something very different. it's didn't disappoint. A great listen to reflect on yourself by knowing the regrets of the dying. Well done Bronnie!

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  • Kim Russell
  • 05-22-20

Thought Provoking

I really enjoyed this thought provoking book dealing with a subject matter rarely discussed in society. I wanted an insight into a world my hubby often deals with as a Pastor, often praying for those dying or left holding their hand as they take their last breath. Thank you Bronnie for teaching us how to be kind and non judgemental. Your life lessons are valuable.

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  • Ellen
  • 04-20-20

Brony is amazing

I love her beautiful gentle way if talking and she is so lovely and kind ! you can't fake that!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-19

Divine.

This book broke my heart open in the beautiful waves of inspiration, wisdom & gentleness within every single word of it. Highly recommended.

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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