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Untamed

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Narrated by: Glennon Doyle
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Every woman and her daughter should read this

As a woman nearing 40, raised in a religon I never felt completely true, still having body issues and a long history of addiction, I can relate to everything in this book. And yet no one would know unless I told them, which I have started doing to everyones disbelief, because I hid it so well behind judgement, perfectionism and a complete denial of who I am and what made me , me. Now I am stepping into my most beautiful and truest self. I am not happily married, I have never ever wanted to live where I am living, and no I do not want to dress corporate and sit at a desk all day ggrrrrrr Only read this book if you are ready to feel untamed. And absolutely give it to every woman, young and old that you see.

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A wealthy white woman's self help book

Glennon touches on some really important and complex themes that I wholly appreciate - gender roles, misogyny, privilege, religion, queer identity. But all of these themes were touched on only very lightly and the difficulties attached to them were quickly addressed with a repetitive and superficial attitude of self affirmation and inner strength. Sarah Neilson in the Seattlr Times wrote that it "reads like a self help book for wealthy, white women". And I tend to agree. Still, the stars are in appreciation of her honesty on why the notion of relaxing was annoying to her and her writing on the dichotomy of religion and in being in a same sex relationship (which admittedly I have not read so much about but was happy to have had an introduction through Untamed).

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Don’t believe the hype

This is 8 hours of GD patting herself on the back. It’s repetitive and tiresome at best as the content has been spewed on every podcast she’s ever been on.

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Some absolute pearls of wisdom but some ranty bits

I had cancelled my Audible subscription but heard such awesome reviews of this book I just had to rejoin to listen. I gained some amazing insights from this book and those parts alone make it so worthwhile. However, there are some parts full of ranty, arrogant, holier than though stuff which nearly made me stop listening altogether. In the end I did skip a few half chapters and just stayed with what resonated with me.

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started well

I liked it to begin with, as the author shared her stories and some key learnings she made on her journey. However by the half way point it felt like she was announcing deep and meaningful insights into minor events that made me want to finish the book to get it over and done with.

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What's The Point?

I felt like each chapter in this book told a short thought provoking story, which took a bit to get used to but was interesting enough. But by about halfway I started feeling like, but what's your point? I found it hard to sink my teeth into. I thought it would be an inspiring book, but for me, it just didn't quite get there. It was thought provoking though and well read.

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Beyond brilliant.

For everyone who every felt they were not quite living the life they should be.

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“The door isn’t even locked!”

It’s not that the concept of ‘women being caged by this world’ is new, but this book offers ways of becoming untamed that are. Well, new to me & wonderful. Besides this, I love Glennon’s writing. Or maybe more precisely her thinking, & she’s great at putting her thoughts into words. This book was revelatory in parts and yet it felt like I was hearing age-old wisdom I have always known. I was sad for it to finish but now I’m excited to see my wilderness expand♥️

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A must read. For everyone.

I keep recommending this to friends, I just want to talk about it with everyone!

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Untamed

I found the narrator’s voice really jarring and uncomfortable to listen to and found her tone quite distracting, to the point where I often found I lost track of the storyline and opted not to listen to the audiobook further.

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  • 02-09-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2020

Cringe

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-2020

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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  • Zachary Shimange
  • 15-10-2020

Changed...

This book has changed my life - as a human who was socialised female,realise that even though I do not identify as a woman my life still has the markings of my up bringing. Thank you Glennon🖤

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  • gcinasheg
  • 06-10-2020

HEALING

This is the book I had an appointment with in 2020. I don't think that I will ever finish finish it. I want to go back and start again and again. There are so many nuggets in one. I don't think that there is any chain it left unlocked. I am beyond grateful to Glennon, the Golden, for this gift. I love.

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  • @LollyRussell
  • 01-10-2020

Saving herself and the world one feeling at a time

A fierce, uncompromising, loving, beautiful story. If anyone can save women and girls, men and boys, and burn down the patriarchy in the process, it is Glennon Doyle.

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  • Double H
  • 29-09-2020

WOW!

From the first word I was intrigued and became obsessed. I relate to just about every single word. I have started the book again. Thank you Glennon for writing it!

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  • hayleyn
  • 25-09-2020

Incredible and brave and beautiful

Every word of this book spoke to my every inch of my being, touched every nerve and resonated deep within my heart. Witty and raw, beautiful and honest. It hits deep at every untruth we believe and have built our lives and self worth around. Thank you Glennon, thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-2020

Live like a Cheetah!

Love this book. So much of it rings true. Glennon has managed to make me laugh, cry and most importantly think and reevaluate. Ready to untame my inner cheetah!

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  • 08-06-2020

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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  • Rebecca Kane
  • 28-03-2020

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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  • 25-05-2020

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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  • I-Kat
  • 20-08-2020

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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  • R
  • 25-05-2020

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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  • Glokay
  • 22-04-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-2020

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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  • Nicola Coyle
  • 27-03-2020

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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  • N Morgan
  • 12-04-2020

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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  • 121north
  • 25-07-2020

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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