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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
5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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wow

What a beautifully written book!!! What more can I say? Being a nurse and midwife myself she writes so eloquently from the perspective of those taking someone through such a beautiful and challenging time. Wow

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inspiring stories

If you could sum up The Top Five Regrets of the Dying in three words, what would they be?

I loved listening to Bronnie's stories , they all tied in well with the title and exemplified well the points she was putting a cross

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The book was certainly thought provoking. A small critisism was that I found her voice not the easiest to listen too

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OMG what an amazing insight

All I can say is wow.
This book blew me away.
What a concept, to take the lessons of the dieing and apply them to the living.
An inspiring auther.

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  • Austin
  • 28-10-2017

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
  • 10-07-2018

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
  • 14-10-2018

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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  • ScottieG
  • 27-06-2018

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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  • Benjamin
  • 21-03-2019

A great reminder!

This book is such a great reminder for us all. Bronnie sounds like an incredible person and I’m so glad that she shared these touching, and very personal, stories for our benefit.

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  • Donovan P.
  • 03-01-2019

Misleading

The book’s fine but miss Ware failed to mention the sixth top regret of the dying:

6. Purchasing this book :/

I’m being dramatic of course but this book could easily be half short & twice strong. The title is impressively deceptive, it’s way more of an autobiography than a thorough exploration of dying people’s regrets the title implies. It’s almost an art the way Bron Bron talks so much yet says so little.

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  • Sam Smart
  • 07-12-2018

Heart warming and awakening. I loved it!

This is the best audible book I've heard, and the best book I've experienced in a long long time. The author's personal narration made this to a truly nice experience. There is so much true wisdom shared in such down to earth language. Certainly no one will regret hearing this narration.

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  • Andrew Bott
  • 02-12-2018

Most powerful book I’ve read in years

This was like a shot of spiritual growth straight to the heard. I can’t remember a book that has opened my heart as much and made me laugh, cry, and feel motivated in quite the same way. You won’t regret listening and being affected by this work and I hope you give it a go very soon.

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  • Josue
  • 29-11-2018

Helps put things that matter most in perspective..

I got this book becuase Weyne Dyer mentioned it in one of his interviews with Oprah if I am not mistaken. I started a new journey that includes all kinds of reading and listening to audio books. I have heard "The Power of Purpose" by Less Brown and thought it was fantastic, invigorating and totally full of energy, so when I made the transition into a book like this that was more of a relax listening I was having a hard time paying attention to it. At times I would dozed off and get lost into the listening. I had read the reviews and thought it was a great book that I wanted to listen as oppose to read it. I played with the settings a little bit and found it that listening to speed 1.10 was the ideal pace. Not too slow and not too fast that I would lose the intention that the author had by reading it in this manner. It was a success, love it and thought it is a book with a lot of wisdom in it.

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  • chelseamichelle
  • 18-10-2018

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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  • Dr. T.
  • 10-12-2018

Much more about the author

Much more about the author than the dying. Did not give me confidence that these are indeed top regrets. Not what I expected from the title.

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  • Charli
  • 03-12-2018

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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  • M Ingledew
  • 25-09-2018

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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  • Pavel Urubcik
  • 20-09-2018

Disappointing, haven't learned anything

I expected I would learn something about life from this book given its rating. Something in the lines of crucial but not so self evident life lessons that one might find otherwise only at the end of it all.
What I got was uninteresting life story of a person working with dying people. Lessons I got were basic principles of living life as a human. Striving for happiness by means of personal responsibility, honesty and understanding of the world around us. All that while suggesting there's a dichotomy between work or money and happiness. Everyone needs to find their own balance.

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  • Mr Clarke
  • 23-11-2017

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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  • k waldron
  • 09-11-2017

Boring

I honestly bought this book thinking it was going to be filled with wisdom from the dying
It was unbelievably boring and just about her life which was boring I only got to chapter 12 and stopped it.

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  • michell1200
  • 20-10-2017

Life changing

Amazing book and will change you and your thinking great story and will listen again