• Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-12-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.8 (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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By M. T. Crenshaw on 11-18-17

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.

> 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.

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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By Afshan Mansoor on 02-18-18

Best book of Berne Brown

Love this book. I think it is fully evolved and complete. It needs a very caring and a non judgemental mindset to read and understand.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-20-17


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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By LizF on 09-22-17

An amazingly deep and moving piece of work

I have been captivated by Brene`s wonderful ability to share and engage with the listener about issues that need talking about. Her personal stories give depth and colour which pull you in and leave you wanting more. A beautiful book of stories of true heart and soul.

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By Tracey on 10-16-17

excellent . started it again as soon as i finished

such a great book. made me rethink how i respond to strong political dialogue. I want to give this book to all my friends, family and the senior leadership team at work!

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By Anonymous User on 11-16-17

brave and courageous

I could not stop listening. An incredibly engaging vulnerable courageous thought provoking heart opening experience. I will be re-listening right away.
Brene Brown You are my Maya.

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