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Daring Greatly

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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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

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

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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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  • Alykhan
  • 14-05-20

Fantastic listen!

Loved it. Easy to listen, exciting to hear. This was one of my favorites on audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-20

Dare Greatly

I absolutely loved this book, it's so honest and raw and makes you think of yourself and your life from the questions Brene raises. the speed is great and the layout flows beautifully! truly inspiring about having courage to daring Greatly in life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-20

The book you need to read!

Brené Brown has spoken to me though TED and Netflix talk at a moment of my life when I was struggling in my personal life which soon after led to divorce. At that time I faced many challenges that made me wonder if going back into old patterns of arming up would help me survive.. but would also stop my growth. Unfortunately my story is an example of failing when you open yourself up. Nevertheless it is also the story of facing the truth and keeping your inner work.
This book is essential everyone: business people, parents, partners, everyone. All you need to know about being brave enough to be vulnerable, understanding shame and why all this is essential for everyone.

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  • Emily
  • 15-03-20

Get ready to be taught!

So many notes in my journal!

I have critically thought about my relationships with my parents, friends, family plus what values I espouse to have and lead with my future children!

I will need to collect my lessons before moving to new book ! I will always gift this book to someone who needs it anytime!...powerful!
This is a masterpiece on vulnerability and understanding how we live with each other!

My eyes are opened!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-20

Honest introspection and open conversations

The authentic, open and honest writing in the examples she shares and the principles that support it is refreshing. I enjoyed listening to this book. I loved her honesty in admitting that some things are hard for her and that it's ok. It creates a platform for honest introspection and open "me too" conversations.

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  • Laura Ramírez
  • 10-02-20

Huge fan, just a few details to think of

I love Brené Brown, her research changed my life. I didn’t read the books in order, tho.
So I may have heard a few stories (included the ENDING) some where else, including her Netflix special.
But overall she blows my mind every time!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-20

Insightful book

Loved it and learnt so much. Adds so much good to the way i experience life. Lets me and those i love off the hook sometimes.

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  • Ofentse
  • 24-01-20

Wow, Sis Snached my edges!

Loved this so much, I'll definitely listen many more times! Brene always knows just what to say to help you take a step closer to being a better person, friend, partner, parent and leader. I highly recommend this read to anyone who has struggled with shame or guilt or "abantu bazothini" syndrome

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kelly
  • 27-05-20

so much knowledge

it is like a life master
things they should teach you in school
helps you understand yourself and others better
excellent having heard it from the own writer herself :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-20

Help me to understand my own vulnerabilities

I really enjoyed listening to the book. I love the way how the author represented our vulnerabilities in the most humans and funny way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-20

A great book for everyone

Her books are always enlightening! Esp now that I am a mom, it helps me!

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  • Mrs Kate Hope
  • 12-04-20

Going to go back for more.

An enlightening listen. Definitely a book I'm going to listen to again and seek out more of Brenè's work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-20

One of the most important books to read

This is a true masterpiece! I am getting a hard copy and gonna reread it again and again. Do you self a favor take time to listen to this!

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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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  • Holly Priddis
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-19

Confronting, inspiring and compassionate

Brené Brown, thank you for writing and recording your story and the story of so many others. At first I found what you were saying quite confronting as I wrestled with what you were saying against my own ego and shame. It has truly helped me realise so many of my own previously unconscious behaviours that were underpinned by shame. You’ve taught me to be more open with my husband and the children I teach and ultimately be more compassionate with myself, and release the ideals of perfectionism that were affecting me to my core. Thank you!

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