• Atlas of the Heart

  • Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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In her latest book, five-time number one New York Times best-selling author Dr Brené Brown writes, 'If we want to find the way back to ourselves and each other, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories, and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.'

In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through 87 of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and lays out an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances - a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heart-breaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Over the past two decades, Brown's extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as Brown's singular skills as a researcher/storyteller, to lay out an invaluable research-based framework that shows us that naming an experience doesn't give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning and choice.

Brown shares, 'I want this to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves. Even when we have no idea where we are.'

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

©2021 Brené Brown (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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no just no

Imagine reading a dictionary of emotion, dry, shallow definition of each and every one of them, without any complexity, link or any "emotion" at all, thats this whole book.
I cannot believe I spend my money and time on this, its so wack

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So worth it!

Brené has outdone herself yet again. I feel like I need to listen it again, because there is just so much good information, revelations and truths in here. Thanks Brené. I absolutely love your work.

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Grateful

This book is everything ❤ Thank you from the very bottom of my stretched marked heart ❤

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A WOW read that Changed my life!

Just a WOW experience! I loved that Brené read her own book and added extras to the audio book. Really phenomenal!

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  • Emma Downer
  • 02-20-22

Excellent as always

Brenes work is always fantastic and profound and i enjoyed this book thoroughly.
The only thing that I found difficult in the audiobook reading of her work specifically. Is the re-reading of sentences. As a neurodivergent person I have to listen to the book at nearly twice the speed for it to match with my level of audio processing. I don't need to listen to a sentence twice to be able to comprehend and process it's meaning. If on the odd occasion I do want to listen to something twice I'll just skip back 30 seconds. Having things be reread so often and having to listen to them twice whether I like it or not was deeply frustrating. I recognise that it's a stylistic choice that probably the majority of people like as it makes the reading quite personable, it made the reading trickier for me. I dislike the idea that Brené might actually read this feedback, i dont like being critical of others but I feel like it's important to share the experiences of neurogivergent people as people may not know.

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  • Josie
  • 02-16-22

THE MOST WONDERFUL BOOK

I have this in hardback and audible.

It’s become a bible for my life.

I don’t think I’ll ever learn and absorb it all enough. The research, the insight and the wealth of knowledge. I’ve learned and will continue to learn so much about myself and others from this book.

I’m a therapist in training. I am a law of attraction believer and this book just sits so comfortably with my intentions and beliefs.

It is so wonderfully written and uses language in a way that very complex theory can be understood.

Thank you Brené for again expanding my mind and feeding my soul.

A book that should be read by all x

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  • Rita Rakauskaite
  • 02-24-22

Wonderful book and fantastic audio experience

In addition to being a fantastic book, this audio version is simply brilliant. Brene is not only reading the text, she is talking to you as an audio book listener. Key images are described with words which helps massively if the pdf cannot be viewed. And also the animated voice of Brene gives so much colour and personality to everything that's in the content. Thank you for going above and beyond with the recording!

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  • Bridget
  • 02-18-22

exceptional

I wish I had listened or read this years ago. This book is easily accessible and full of sound research. It is hopeful and is peppered with helpful narratives that help illustrate the various emotions. It is an indispensable tool for anyone wishing to nurture emotional intelligence.

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  • Allison Croley
  • 03-09-22

fanf*ckingtastic

fanf*ckingtastic Brené. Thank you for digging deep and continuing to kick my ass. deep gratitude

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 02-23-22

Really powerful

Such an interesting book. Effectively a dictionary and instruction manual for understanding emotions and their impact in day-to-day life. Entirely worth reading and highly recommended.

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  • Miss L Haze
  • 02-21-22

Another winner by Brene

What a fascinating book, I learnt a lot about labelling our emotions, the variety of the human experience and the potential benefits of identifying what we're truly feeling. The last chapter on nearest enemies was a real insight, it made so much sense as to how we can experience disconnect (think I'll re-listen to this chapter again). Thank goodness for Brene and her team of researchers for bringing these topics to life! I really enjoyed the pictures too, worth looking at the PDF.

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  • JM
  • 02-28-22

Great book, difficult narration

This is a great book which is full of really fascinating insights. A big issue that detracted from my overall enjoyment was that the otherwise excellent narration was really held back by the choice to constantly reread selected quotes. This felt distracting and a little condescending at times and I'd have preferred it if the author had chosen to just let the text flow and trust the listener to skip back to the bits that interested them most.

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  • Dexter
  • 03-30-22

Well worth listening to

As a therapist I listened intently to what Brene has discovered through her research and find there are many points that I find helpful and will explore further, I listened as previous academic researcher as a student of counselling and psychology.... but I guess that the lay person may find this work too wordy and academic based, with little application to their lives. I help people apply their self discovery to their lives and it takes a different journey to apply this knowledge so Im left feeling rather unfinished ! as I need to apply the theory and this is just theoretical.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-22

A true atlas

Brene is scholarly in her approach to research and entirely real and accessible in her delivery. This isn’t a lightweight feel good listen but a deep consideration that you will want to hear, listen, consider and re-listen to. She has the intelligence, insight, wisdom and gentle delivery of a best friend. Grab a coffee, walk the dog and take your time. Huge thanks Brene for your gift to the world x Rachael

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  • Louise Fleming
  • 02-23-22

Simply what I needed to hear & learn

Brene’s work is so incredible. They way she can articulate her work into, understandable and awe inspiring epiphanies every time she opens her mouth is why I feel drawn to her. Her passion and dedication to understand human emotions, behaviour and why we do what we do inspires me to be the best version of myself, and to connect and understand people and allow true genuine humanity. As a leader of two businesses, and a mum of three it’s paramount for me to know first and foremost human behaviour and emotions to best manage my children and people, Brene has been my go to for years. Highly recommend!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-15-22

Much More than an Audiobook

I Rarely do this, if I like an Audiobook I just give it a 5 star rating and I'm done. but I haven't even finished this book & I'm motivated to write something.

If you know Brene's work then the content of the book really needs little introduction, whit I really wanted to highlight was the 'performance' of this book. Brene Brown is an excellent spoken word communicator, and this 'book' is no exception. What you get here is so much more than the book in audio form, descriptions and background if the illustrations in the book, asides and anecdotes that aren't in the print text, Brene's intimate and warm delivery that lift the words off the page and make them something even more engaging.

brilliant job, Brene & team xx

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  • Jenna Dee
  • 04-25-22

Another insightful & life-changing book from Brené

I'm likely biased as Brené Brown is my favourite author & speaker; I'll say it anyway... another masterpiece! Atlas of the Heart is a handbook to understanding ourselves and others through truly understanding words and emotions.

I bought the book as well to read along with the audiobook, which was really helpful. (The hardcover book is aesthetically pleasing & great quality, too.)

I highly recommend watching her 5-part series on Atlas of the Heart as well; it ties everything together really well. I'm in Australia, but the series is on the streaming service 'Binge' here. Happy listening/reading! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-22

Exceptional

Exceptional, so many gems I had to stop & reflect on. Beautifully put & so many ah ha moments.

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  • Brenton Hughes
  • 02-27-22

Cartographer journey notes

A great listen. Nothing beats a reading that feels like a conversation. Feels like a deep dive and one where there are many beacons along the way. In listening I feel a great call for courage to make changes in my journey.
Thank you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-22

Nothing new

I don’t think I learnt anything new from Brené. But of course it was filled with fantastic wisdom.

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  • Rebecca Flower
  • 04-25-22

Lovely reading

As always, Brene's audiobooks are really interesting and thought provoking. I have the audio and hard copy of this one. Recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-22

Not as good as Brenes other books

At times sections went on that felt unrelated. Some chapters exceptional, others irrelevant. Not my favourite

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  • Camilla James
  • 03-11-22

Such a great edition to Brenes extensive work

Has to be my favourite so far, Brene is a great explainer of things, whether you read the print or listen to the audio, this book is gold. Thanks you so much!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-22

Obvious

If you already have some level of emotional intelligence, you probably won't learn a lot. It just describes and explains a bunch of emotions. Her reading of the book is great though! Makes an effort to change the text as necessary so listeners don't miss out on emphasised points or diagrams.

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