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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Braving the Wilderness, written and read by Brené Brown.

'True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.' Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, 'True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.' Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.

Brown writes, 'The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.'

©2017 Brené Brown (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Great book

Amazing work from Brenee Brown, a true inspiration, always though provoking. I feel that she is talking directly to me and she is so passionate about her subject

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Fantastic

This book is amazing...Informative, honest, inspiring, brave, thought provoking. It needs more than one listen. Love Brene reading her own books....the words just come alive.

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Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart.

Put simply, I loved it. Brené’s storytelling is a joy to listen to, her tone and speed made listening and taking in the content so easy.

The mix of theory and experience kept me engaged throughout.

The work around trust is an exceptionally good framework and the vulnerability shared within the pages is walking the talk.

For me this book is a game changer. Thank you Dr Brown ❤️

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I am the wilderness!

I sit here intertwining tears of sorrow with laughs of joy, I feel a deep sense of release. I feel gotten and heard. Standing alone, belonging nowhere and everywhere.
Loved hearing Brene's story, I identify so much. I am truely grateful for this text, each one of her books building from the last. The truth literally hitting home in my wild heart.
But it, listen to it, follow the advice. Heal yourself and help heal our disconnected, spiritually sick world. God bless you brene. I value your vulnerability and courage so much.

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fantastic

another fantastic book direct from Brene and in her own voice. easy to listen to, harder to really understand and digest as this will require self eork and honest reflection.

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Just awesome!

I’d never heard of Brene Brown before I found her book on Audible. OMG just Love what she has to say amazing, inspiring and makes so much sense. 💖

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life changing

Brene is the most powerful writer I have ever come across. Her words, her research & the way she speaks so truthfully have truly reached corners of my life where I previously felt stuck or alone. Her work is a practice in our home.

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Tear jerker, deep, amazing, powerful.

I loved this book. Brene touched on an upsoken part of me, a wound I had no words for, a pain that can't be spoken with such grace, authenticity and truth that I spend most of this book crying or with a frog in my throat. Thank you.

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So poignant and relevant today

Brene has touched a nerve with this book, of what is tearing apart our world and communities today. In my view it is essential reading. On a personal level, Brene again delivers relevant and authentic explanations for her research - and to hear it delivered in her voice was such a gift. I can highly recommend this - even if you don't agree with everything she says it's an important dialogue to be a part of. Thank you Brene for your courage to stand alone and show others an example to do the same.

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Wow!

What a transformational and delightful read! Thank you. Most important learning (relevant in current climate) is to be careful not to turn advocacy vocabulary into weaponry and that we are sums of more than 1 belief...I pray I can truly do better.

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  • M. T. Crenshaw
  • 18-11-17

Great audiobook with some downsides

Braving the Wilderness is an engaging, passionate, and well structured book that took me by surprise. I didn't know anything about this book or the author when I grabbed this. What a great surprise.

This a book about connecting in healthy meaningful ways and belonging without trying too hard or expecting others to let us feel that we belong, to belong without belonging anywhere and everywhere, to belong to ourselves more and foremost.

According to Brown we all want to belong and connect, but doing so forgetting who we truly are, hiding who we are, faking who we are not, and not holding our ground or boundaries is not true belonging. True belonging it is not based on somebody's else accepting us as much as accepting ourselves and showing who we are, what we believe, and what we think even when we are surrounded by people or situations that are hostile to us and our survival instinct pushes us to conform, shut up or fake it up. Braving the wilderness demands from us to speak our minds, disclose what we believe, do not obscure what it really matters to us, and how we see or feel anything, no matter the consequences.

In Braving the Wilderness, Brown discusses spirituality, loneliness, aloneness, solitude, conflict, true belonging, stereotyping, compassion, connection, fear, hatred, pain, anger, BS, civility, boundaries, the difference between what we are and what we believe, and between fitting and belonging. And the good thing is that she does it with a lot of soul and in a very clear, understandable engaging way.

I enjoyed her comments on stereotyping and BStting, and on bringing civility back in fashion. However, one of the things that resonated the most with me was the BRAVING system, or seven rules to trust people, ourselves, and be trusted: 1/ Boundaries. 2/ Reliability. 3/ Accountability. 4/ Vault; kinda of my lips are sealed. 5/ Integrity. 6/ Non Judgement. 7/ Generosity in assumptions.

I also liked her quest to be clear about what she means by what she says. Some of the most important definitions she offers in the book are those of spirituality, braving, wilderness, true belonging and civility.

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> Me Me MeExtroversion biasBraving the wilderness is not enough Data per se is not serious research It might age soon < I would have rather focused on examples not related as much to the current political situation in the US, as that focus will age the book quickly. On the other hand, she is braving the wilderness and speaking her truth, so bravo.

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Braving the Wilderness is spoken in a straightforward way, very well structured and presented, so it is easy to follow even in audiobook format. Something that I don't take for granted. Brown is a wonderful speaker and reads her own book as if she was talking to you, not following something that has already been written. She has a mix of passion and softness, a great voice tone and inflections, and a very good reading pace, so the result is an engaging discourse, which makes listening to this book a truly enjoyable experience. This is one of those audiobooks that one wants to listen to more than once, or even purchase the hard-copy or Kindle book to re-read it. Most enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-20

A Book Written for our 2020 Struggles!

This is a book which I believe we all need to read - for our individual healing as well as for the healing of the collective. It's messages could truly change the world!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-06-22

Reviewing from the wilderness

What an amzing journey through the wilderness, how amazing to find myself here, lose the parties I do not like and embrace the parts of me that challenges me day to day - strong back, soft front, wild heart yes!♡ Thank you for your honest amazingness Brené Brown!!♡

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  • Cindy megann de gouveia
  • 21-12-21

as always amazing

Love brene as aways she is a true gift!! and constantly opens my heart and head.

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  • Brett Lederle
  • 22-11-21

I listened twice in a row!!

This book will change my life, it is by far the greatest and most meaningful, authentic reads (audio) I have read lately.

beautifully read, presented eloquently.

Brene has a deep understanding of how to be authentic and connected to oneself, and those loved ones.

I will live by her BRAVING ACRONYM....
Thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-21

Changed my life

Heartfelt reading of one of the best books I’ve had a chance to listen to. Highly recommended to anyone feeling stuck or confused in their life, trying to find their own voice.
I am starting to think that Brene Brown’s books should be taught at schools:) They are life-changing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-21

insightful

I will read all her books. This was really insightful with a lot to reflect on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-21

Wild Heart

Great perspective on the concept of belonging. Really great takeaways from this book. Excellent read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-20

Real, Raw & Powerful

Brené Brown’s words resonate so strongly with me & I’m devastated each time I finish a book!!! She has taught me to be proud of the fact that I am brave & I do step into the wilderness, mostly alone & that’s self discovery right there!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-02-20

Courage instead of Comfort

As always, I feel challenged and encouraged at the same time. Thank You, Ms. Brown, for becoming Your message.