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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
Narrated by: Bronnie Ware
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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Life Changing Book

This book is a gift to all of us. We don't have to wait until we are on our deathbeds to really understand what life is about, this book gives us the chance to 'get our shit together' now!!!!!

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Should be on the National Curriculum

I would recommend this book to EVERYONE, it really should be a book that is studied in secondary schools introducing young adults to these ways of thinking from an early age. It’s such a truly inspirational book, written with true heart, soul, compassion and complete authenticity, and so lovely to have the author herself read the story. Love and light to her for the courage and beauty of sharing all of her experiences with us ❤️

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lovely book

read quite well. loved the book
would recommend ,nice personal stories. bit of a story about author also

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Beautiful and inspirational

I just finished listening to this very gentle and very empowering book and feel truly blessed to have been able to come across it. Bronnie is very honest and true, it comes out of every sentence, it’s in her voice. Her message is inspirational and encouraging to all of us to give our best now and cherish the gift of life as a platform for us to learn what truly counts.

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a must read

it's emotional, it's sad, but it's a book that can change your life if you are in the wrong place.

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Inspiring, insightful and philosophical

Beautiful and heartening true story read and written by a wonderful lady. A must read!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ScottieG
  • 27-06-18

Deeply recommended

This book and its stories will talk to the depths of the heart and you will be better because of it. The stories instill the very real, but never talked about aspects of death, that will prepare you for loss in your life and the principles to never live with these regrets

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  • Jonathan F Chestang
  • 26-05-20

Thought provoking

this book caused me to be very reflective. I thought it would only be about the five points, but it was also much so about her own life experiences. at the beginning of the book I thought the title was somewhat misleading, but after listening to her story along with the regrets she learned along the way I became appreciative of the life story she shared.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-20

Life giving and hugely inspiring

I can only recommend this book, it’s written (and read) beautifully - Bronnie takes you on a warm journey, it’s a delight both laughing and crying within a few minutes.