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  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • Written by: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Daring Greatly

Written by: Brené Brown
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Daring Greatly, written and read by Brené Brown.

Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect.

In a powerful new vision, Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength, and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous, to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

 PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2013 Brené Brown (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"She's so good, Brené Brown, at finding the language to articulate collective feeling." (Dolly Alderton)

"A wonderful book: urgent, essential and fun to read. I couldn't put it down, and it continues to resonate with me." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

"It's thought-provoking stuff." (Stella Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph

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An eye opener

Just as much as the title of this book gives away, Brene Brown has always came up with immense eye openers one can never imagine that could've existed. I've always seen or infact tagged Vulnerability with Fear/Shame, as a matter of fact. My definition of Vulnerability was limited to my ideas and beliefs, until Brene Brown opened my eyes.

That one thing I learned from this book is that Vulnerability isn't a product of Fear or Shame but it's vice versa. And, it's not just it, you sometimes are more vulnerable in the moments of happiness than you could be in moments of fear!

Whoaaa!! This revelation is going to be the game changer of my life. Giving more credits to how we feel when are encountered with these emotions exposes us to vulnerability, but it is not something that will put us down.

BEING VULNERABLE IS BEING THE MOST SYMBOLIC FORM OF BEING COURAGEOUS!

Ever saw that coming? I didn't!

And thus, I loved how beautifully Brene Brown has correlated everything life throws at us to how vulnerable we become when faced wit it!

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Nothing new and becomes boaring after some time. I had to somehow complete since I paid

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Life changing

To say that the book is extremely well researched would be an understatement. It is written beautifully and has references to the authors own life which makes it so much more authentic and relatable. This has truly made me question so many beliefs that I had grown up with, the pursuit of perfection, discarding vulnerability as a weakness that we must all avoid at all times, mistaking guilt for shame most of the times....I could just go on and on. I remember reading Lean In, another great book nonetheless, and wondering how do I get to be fearless...how do I answer the question what would I do if were not afraid....because what if you fail, because what if the consequences are too adverse...how can you not be afraid? I got my answer in this book, "what is worth doing even if I fail?" Full marks to Brene Brown for her narration too. Highly recommend!

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Useless.... Self talk...

Dont buy... Unless u hv time to waste and nothing else to do. All she says is about is just words of this is good, i am so scared... Etc

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A very deep touching and inspiring book.

A must read for anyone and everyone. I simply loved listening to this book. my favourite chapter was the chapter on parenting, parenting maefesto. the experiences that the author recites are so touching and so true. I wish she could interview me too..

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  • Kerli Girl
  • 26-06-19

Read it!

Yes read it, think about it and live it. You can only be better, live better from investing your time here.

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  • Ms. Kirsty L. Collins
  • 29-05-19

A great comfort

This book is a great comfort and tool to help me survive going deaf. It has given me words that help explain and understand what I'm dealing with every day in a hearing world in my sudden unwanted isolation a loss of quality of life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-22

Why review this

yes I can homestly say this book taught me more than any of the 10 12 14 books read to date that a women should read. Everyone can benefit, absolutely everyone at every age

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  • Caren Horn
  • 15-07-22

Loved every single moment

l loved this book so much. So awesome to hear it in her own voice.

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  • Vlad GURDIGA
  • 25-06-21

Addresses painfully important issues

My favourite section is about parenting because it can prevent a bunch of the issues that we have at the education and society culture level. Although at times can get a bit too dramatic in tone for my taste — the subject is dramatic in and of itself — it’s still well worth a read/listen or three.

This ending quote left me hopeful: “Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.”

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  • shannagen
  • 15-06-21

Thought provoking..

It took me a while to grasp fully the concept of #Vulnerability. To me, this book is insanely thought-provoking. I'm convinced #Vulnerability is a much-needed value we need to embrace more than ever when we are bombarded every single day with pandemic uncertainties.

I struggle with my own vulnerability and its time to 'daring greatly'...

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  • Greta Louise Knight
  • 15-05-21

So powerful

I loved this book. It really struck me deeply. At times I was in tears while listening to it.Sometimes in public while running even. It was an unexpected gem and hit me at a very emotional level. I particularly paid attention to the section on wholehearted parenting. Very good eye opening relatable examples. I like Brene’s hard arse language at times combined with her compassion.
I think I will listen to this book again. It seems I have more shame to work through than I realised and I need to shift it. Thanks for writing this book and for all your research!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-21

I am very very Grateful

Thank you for writing this, daring greatly, Brene. You and your work has played a vital role in the way I think, work and play. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

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  • Kaone
  • 14-03-21

A must read.

Phew. I cried a few times. I had several Aha moments. Moments I was relieved to have a well detailed explanation of why I have acted or felt certain ways. Some topics I though "nah, not relevant to me" only to find that it is absolutely relevant, this book will force you to introspect, but with compassion. I wish I had read it sooner. So thankful for Brené for sharing her work with us.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-21

Excellent Read

I find the authors work incredibly relatable. I love Dr B Browns work. I am now officially hooked and I reading all her books. my 3rd read is Gifts of imperfection.

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  • Chloe Harper-Ashton
  • 09-01-19

If you're struggling, read this book!

I read this book after it was recommended to me by my boss shortly after breaking down in front of him. This is a really inspiring book to understand how being vulnerable can be positive, and shouldn't be something you're afraid of. Brené narrates the story with great passion.

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  • jonty59
  • 01-12-18

Loved the Ted Talk , loathed the book

Absolutely loved Brené Brown’s Ted Talk and looked forward to more of the same from the audible book. What a disappointment. I get what she’s trying to say about shame and vulnerability but this just seemed to be lots of spurious facts and figures about how shame is the new Oedipus complex mixed with mundane anecdotes from her life. Combined with Brown’s nasalised twang and the compulsory inclusion of the ‘s’ word at least once in every sentence, I found the book almost unlistenable to. I just had to give up.
If you want to read a book that might really help give you a new perspective on life, give this a miss and try Edith Eger’s ‘The Choice’. Eger’s book is an example of how to write an intelligent and completely engaging psychology self-help book.

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  • Ellie P
  • 04-09-18

This hits home!

I absolutely loved Brené Brown reading her book Daring Greatly! Why? Because it spoke directly into my heart and mind giving me the tools to live a braver life. I am no pussy cat by any stretch of the imagination but this book together with Rising Strong has transformed my way of thinking and being (I was going to say acting, but it’s not an act anymore) for the better. As I implement the principles from these books on a day to day basis my life feels richer and I feel like I’m becoming a truer version on myself. Thank God for Brené Brown!

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  • UKBadger
  • 11-07-20

Actually life changing!

I listened to 2/3 of this book, loved it so much I started it again, then bought the hard copy too! (Maybe a bit overkill...) It has absolutely changed the way I think about myself and my relationships with pretty much everyone in my life. I can't recommend it enough!!

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  • Momo
  • 21-08-20

Author is too focused on herself

Author complains about narcissism and how people are too focused on themselves. However, she talks mostly about herself, achievements and her YouTube ted talk sensation. 3 chapters in and couldn’t not bear listening to the recurring “me” and “I”. This isn’t about you Brené!

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  • Hadeba
  • 05-02-20

Thank you for helping me to dare myself!

A wonderful insight in understanding really raw moments of weakness and failures in life.
This book and the Netflix show about this book really gave me courage at times when doors were slammed in my face!
It gave me courage to continue, to move forward by taking the next step when broken, regardless of what happened and to perceive the situation more positively and to be wholeheartedly brave!
Also this is a book that parents must reflect upon.
Thank you Brene!

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  • Mrs R H De Souza
  • 07-07-21

amazingly engaging and inciteful

brilliant book worth every penny. love the research being so down to earth and useful for everyday life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-21

A therapy session in a book

so digestible! and helped me through a tough period of grieving.
would recommend to everyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-19

Brilliant

Brilliant analysis of what it is to be vulnerable, and the difficulties we all have in doing so. A book I will continue to revisit.

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  • TLC 1989
  • 30-03-22

Brilliant!

Life changing book!

This book has taught me the importance of choosing courage over perfection!

A must buy!!

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  • Holly P
  • 06-11-18

A bit too similar to the authors earlier books

I normally love Brene's work but I just couldn't stick this one out. I really enjoy that she narrates her own work which is why I gave 5 stars for performance, but it felt like I was just listening to one of her earlier books as they all have the same message. A real shame as I really enjoyed her other books.

Would no doubt be enjoyed by someone who is new to the authors work.

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  • 09-11-18

Finally understand shame!

I loved this book. I've just finished listening to it and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my hard copy version, which I intend to use as a reference.

I've learned so much about shame, the impact it has had on my life and best of all, I've learned so much about shame resilience. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Leah
  • 23-09-19

Dude.

My friend handed me this book 3 years ago. I avoided it. It didn’t feel right. Maybe I was right about that, and although I’m grateful for having read it now, I can see why she handed it to me then. Just read it, dude.

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  • Rich
  • 30-07-19

Excellent

This book helped me let go of my preconceived ideas of how my life should be, stop trying to control every aspect of it and go all in on what I have instead of sitting on the fence emotionally, never choosing a particular path. Highly recommend, particularly if you're at a juncture in your life and have a/some big decisions to make.

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  • Anna Jane Grantham
  • 28-11-18

Daring Greatly is the absolute best business book

a fantastic study with practical suggestions on living a wholehearted life. I LOVED it, thank you Brene.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-18

Life changing

It took to full two listenings of this audible book to really digest entirely; there is so much to absorb and comprehend. Brene’s narration is natural and very easy to listen to. I will strive to dare greatly from now on!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-18

Game changing; Engaging stories backed by research

If you're looking for a game changer in life. Be it work, parenting, relationships, dealing with fear, vulnerability & shame- This is it!👌👌👌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-20

Amazing!!!!!

I loved this book so much. I found myself nodding and agreeing with many parts. I saw myself all throughout the book. It has taught me heaps and I will keep coming back to this book as a reference. I choose to dare greatly and be vulnerable. I want this in my life so I can role model it for my children.
Brené speaks so proficiently and makes it so relatable with all her examples and real life stories. Thank you for all your years of study, research and for writing this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-18

I used to believe the myths...

This book has really broken the myths for me. Vulnerability is not my long suit, nor did I think I even “did” vulnerability. Your research seems solid and your words made sense Brene Brown. I will use this in my life now.

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  • Laura
  • 15-09-18

Fantastic

Brene Brown has so much insight and wisdom. This book has encouraged and challenged both my husband and myself. Looking forward to listening to / reading more from Brene.

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