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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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Beautiful!!

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time. I finally listened it. It was very nice and calming. The only problem is that is a bit difficult to understand Bronnie’s Australian accent.. after a couple of chapters you get used to it. But you have to concentrate.

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Life changing....

Every chapter brought me to tears at least once...
The book is like a huge warm hug from a very dear one. Loved every single bit of it💜
I already knew all the things she spoke about but I guess one needs to hear it from the right person. Bronnie was surely the right person for me to realise that knowing these aren't enough...I gotta apply them in my life....
Thank You Bronnie💚

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Thank you Bronnie!

It was a pleasure, an eye opening experience and a validation of the current choices I am consciously making. Of the meditation path I follow personally as well as teach. As I was going through this beautiful narration by the author herself several major transformations happened. Some stuck situations dissolved through the healing process that I follow. I would like to share my experience of the last chapter. Since a couple of weeks now I was thinking on similar terms. Not to even in my mind demean someone for whatever they may have done to me. Not to throw a single word of negativity towards a fellow human even if they were just the opposite with me. By doing so in past I ended up hurting myself more than the hurt caused by the said person. I fell in my own eyes. No amount of justification could find me peace that an eye for an eye is how it should be. I can make other choices. Stay away; avoid; respectfully decline my association; but in no way am I capable of throwing muck intentionally towards another. And while I was going through the last chapter it made so much sense. It’s a beautiful book. With real life and relatable examples. Must read. Thank you Bronnie for authoring this one with so much kindness and depth. Love! Kamalika

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amazing

loved it the way it's written and read
all emotions were beautifully expressed
I want to buy the hard copy too...

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Best audiobook I have every listened...

All stories touched my heart... Great work of Bronnie Ware. A great book to learn about life...

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  • Austin
  • 28-10-17

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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  • Morten
  • 14-10-18

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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  • Doug Sheridan
  • 10-07-18

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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  • Ontherock
  • 27-06-18

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
  • 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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  • Gerald Sioco
  • 28-06-19

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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  • douglas
  • 26-01-21

Deceptive Title - Don't waste your time

This is basically 90% a memoir of the author (which is basically totally boring and meandering), 5% random stories of people dying, and 5% (at best) of "regrets of the dying". Could not finish this mind numbing trash. The author should be ashamed for essentially ripping people off, because the title is totally deceptive.

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  • James C.
  • 24-12-19

mehh

struggled to finish this. Do yourself a favor, go to the bookstore, pick it up, read the chapter titles and be done with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-19

Had a hard time understanding the narrator

I couldn’t really understand some words. There needs to be a better narrator with not too much of an Australian accent.

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  • chelseamichelle
  • 18-10-18

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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  • Naushin Hossain
  • 31-03-19

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
  • 03-12-18

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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  • JW
  • 13-03-21

Super inspiring book

I felt it was a heartwarming and uplifting book. It’s not a fact based ‘do this, do that’ book, but weaves the author’s life story together with the things she learnt. I felt motivated to change things in my life.
However, if you are not open to someone sharing their alternative lifestyle, this book might not be for you. Despite the many experiences of death, I feel it is an uplifting book. It left me grateful knowing, what people regret. And realising I still have the time to change things. A highly inspiring read!

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  • Stephen Pearson
  • 15-12-20

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
  • 01-11-20

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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  • Mrs Cathy
  • 10-08-19

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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  • M Ingledew
  • 25-09-18

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
  • 23-11-17

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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  • Sarah
  • 14-04-21

Moving

I really enjoyed this audiobook and have just ordered the paperback as I kept wanting to pause the book and make notes! There is nothing especially surprising but a very well written reminder to take time to think about what is important and ensure that you are living a life true to yourself.

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  • jane colley
  • 30-03-21

Heartfelt and Inspiring

Bronnies built up emotional turmoil really brought this to life, inspired so many and continues!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-21

not what the title describes

first of all the narrator's voice has a smug self importance in her own 'peace'. its an unbearable arrogance. I listened to it on double speed so It was blurred.

secondly she barely speaks about the regrets of the dying. she touches on them briefly then will go on a long winded boring story about her own life. this is not what the title describes.

was really hoping for a good deep dive into the reasons for the regret and what makes them so common.

A dissapointing read.

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  • Lorraine
  • 06-03-21

Wasn’t what I expected

So boring
Thought it would be about interviewing people that were dying, and it wasn’t.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-20

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
  • 19-11-20

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
  • 13-09-20

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
  • 10-07-20

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
  • 22-05-20

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
  • 20-04-20

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
  • 21-11-19

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
  • 10-09-19

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.