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Who were you before the world told you who to be?

Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us. From the beloved New York Times best-selling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle.

For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There. She. Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high but soon she realised they had come to her from within. This was the voice she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions and social conditioning. Glennon decided to let go of the world’s expectations of her and reclaim her true untamed self.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanising wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is also the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honour our anger and heartbreak and unleash our truest, wildest instincts.

Untamed shows us how to be brave. And, as Glennon insists, 'The braver we are, the luckier we get.'

©2020 Glennon Doyle (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Untamed will liberate women - emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love

“If you’re ready - this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream...." (Adele)

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Repetitive & Obvious

Listened to this for 3 hours but couldn't finish it. There was so much repetition of the points. The author clearly had a word count she needed to reach. Also, if you're an atheist be warned that she invokes the idea of God's help and guidance a fair bit.

My main gripe is that she frames her advice as if it's a remarkable novel lesson. In fact, it's blindingly obvious and left me thinking, "wait, that's it?" eg. "don't ask Google if you should divorce your cheating husband" and "boys and girls are treated differently from an early age by society and religion"...she also describes the fireworks moment of meeting her wife to-be apparently oblivious to the well-established literature on how lust followed by bonding followed by love works.

This is basically just a memoir about leaving her husband and becoming a lesbian. If you're looking for something self-helpy, inspiring and genuinely informative then this isn't it.

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Absolutely amazing. Just what I needed

Honestly found this time during Corona the hardest time of my life with my business exposed, my family separated and my mother in law dying. This book has helped me cope and also helped me to redefine what I want my life to be like after all of this hard stuff. Everyone needs this book in their life! Love love love

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Inspiring & baffling in equal measure

As a white, gay man I’m probably not the target demo for this. However, so much of it resonated and felt empowering..... But then I started questing stuff. Like Glennon’s uncanny ability to say incredibly inspiring stuff on the spot. Her weirdly contradictory views and her shameless self aggrandisement. Of course that’s part and parcel of ‘novelising’ your memoir, but by the end it all felt a bit ham fisted and convenient.

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Not useful, inspiring or interesting

I am 45 minutes in and this book has inspired me for the first time ever to see if I can return an audiobook and get my money back. Life is full of problems and his book gives you absolutely no pointers on how to view, let alone solve, any of them. It was a tedious and frustrating listen. I do truly wonder about the people who gave this book rave reviews. Somewhere out there are people leading very very very dull lives...

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No what I expected

Couldn't finish the audio book, did my head in. Feel like I was living in a different planet to the author.

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  • 25-05-20

Wow

I was captivated from the very first minute of listening, I’m not a huge fan of paperback books, so i thought I’d try and audiobook. This was my first audiobook, and frankly has allowed me to view books in a whole new light. Overall, i highly recommend this especially if you are struggling with something in your life. Just amazing from start to finish.

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just what I needed and didn't even know it!

I didn't expect the immediate impact listening to this has had on my life... hearing Glennon impart such wisdom in her own voice made it all the more meaningful. Thank you!

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Brilliant!

An important book for all women! I highly recommend this book. Ready to read it again even though I've just finished.

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This book is everything

This is one woman’s story, but it is a story so truly human that it can be all of our stories if we dare to live by the lessons she has learned. The writing beautiful. I will reread this many many times I’m sure.

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Incredible

Brave, honest, open and truly wild. Glennon Doyle unleashes herself as the cheetah in the story. What a journey, thank you so much for sharing this and truly enriching my life.

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  • 02-09-20

Good lord it’s drivel

If you are an incredibly over dramatic person this is for you.
If you are level headed avoid this book the drama is irritating

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  • 06-07-20

Cringe

Self indulgent, sanctimonious, privileged, self aggrandizing. Couldn’t finish this! People, do not believe the hype!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-20

One of the best books I have ever read.

The quality of this book is reflected in the fact this is the first time I have ever left a review. I am going straight back to the beginning to listen to it again... and again.

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  • 22-05-20

brilliant read

Glennon has a unique ability to connect and inspire. This is a must read for every woman on the path of self realisation.

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  • 02-05-21

Rose

thank you for writing this! it is amazing! I am awake and reconnecting with my wild ❤

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  • 14-04-21

Loved it!

Just listened to Untamed for the second time. It was just as good as the first time. I highly recommend it to all women.

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  • Simona Djukovska
  • 02-04-21

Worth your time ❣️

Loved it. Not agreeing with everything she offers but there are definitely amazing moments, especially in the first half. Most memorable line is remember the knowing of your wild🤟

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 20-02-21

Revealing, insightful and inspirational.

This book is a unique piece of beauty. It has been written with pure sensitivity and wise depth. It is call to connect to your intuition and manifest your own dreams. It is an invitation to feel life completely-in all its seasons. It is a vessel for transformation and freedom. It is a manifesto for a more equal, inclusive, truthful and diverse society. Glennon is a talented, eloquent, brave and profound writer. Read the book you all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-21

So Real

Personal, real, thought provoking, entertaining, heart warming, brilliant. I will definitely recommend this book. Thank you

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  • Anamika premrajh
  • 07-02-21

Disappointing

The author did not share the vulnerable or difficult parts of her story in depth..she only skimmed superficially through the self reflection. The reading of this book was a bit irritating to listen to...the author whispers through much of the book and it is told in whimsy. I would not recommend this book.