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Untamed

Written by: Glennon Doyle
Narrated by: Glennon Doyle
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Number one New York Times best seller

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the beloved activist, speaker, and best-selling author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and start trusting the voice deep within us. 

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

This is how you find yourself.

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent - even from ourselves. 

For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own 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 she soon realized they had come to her from within. 

This was her own voice - the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living. 

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing 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 the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There she is

Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.

©2020 Glennon Doyle (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Filled with hopeful messages . . . encourag[ing] women to reject the status quo and follow their intuition. This testament to female empowerment and self-love, with an endearing coming-out story at the center, will delight readers.” (Publishers Weekly)

“She is a terrific storyteller.... Whether discussing her children or the world outside, challenging conformity, confronting misogyny, or standing up to religious bigotry, her goal as a memoirist (and as a person) is to defy expectations and to help others break out of their cultural cages so that everyone can find their own version of humanity. A bracing jolt of honesty from someone who knows what she wants to say and isn’t afraid to say it.” (Booklist starred review) 

“An emotional gut punch . . . an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency. Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.” (Kirkus Reviews

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Not what I expected

I will say that I may have a bias because Love Warrior just lit me up from the inside out. It is the benchmark to which I may be comparing Untamed to. I really wanted this to be a continuous flow from the story of her life in Love Warrior to Untamed. I had hoped she would talk more about the dissolution of her marriage, and how she learned to be alone. But she didn't have alone time, she went right from her marriage to her relationship with Abby. Abby is presented as this sort of magical presence in her life that completes her. It kind of feels unfair. It's as though her truth and her ability to be fully alive was only discovered when she laid eyes on Abby.

That's just too sing-songy for me. I yearned for the grit Doyle is known for in her writing. This book did not deliver for me in that department.

There's also a preachy feel to this book, like a blueprint on how to navigate life as a woman, but I don't want advice. I'm here for your story Glennon, I don't want you to tell me how to be, how to exist, how to be still. I don't want you to know it all and have all the answers... I want your fears and doubts and second guesses. I want that real and authentic stuff no one talks about - the stuff that scares me beyond measure.

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Magical and Important

This book is now required reading for all humans.

Glennon gives us the room and the space to be human. By showing up and telling her story, the good and not so good, she allows us and invites us to do the same.

My hope is this book starts conversations with the people we love, our communities and the world as a whole.

If I could say one thing to Glennon it would be - THANK YOU. Thank you for this gift. I will not squander it. I will cherish it and share it.

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Inspirational !

I loved listening to this book. Such an honest message to follow your inner voice to unlock the untamed real you. Thank you for creating it Glennon!!! 💕❤️💕💕💕💕💕❤️💕💕💕

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Beyond Incredible!

This will move your soul and leave you feeling free and powerful and excited and connected... and everything wonderful.

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Everyone Needs To Read This!

This is everything I had hoped it would be and more. Thank you Glennon for being my fairy godmother! 💖

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a great read

it's like she looked into mybbrain and told the story that is in my heart but cannot articulate. for every woman!

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Every woman needs do read this

It hasn’t been a book in a while that made me cry and laugh, learn new wisdom, recognize and define some old. A tale of one life, bravery to be who she was supposed to be. An excellent read. I mean, listen:).

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A lightening rod

Listened to this with my family driving across the continent during the early days of the Covid19 pandemic. It kept us grounded and reminded us-we can do hard things.

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LIFE CHANGING

This raw, beautiful, honest story about REAL life was life changing for me in so many ways. It was very cathartic! You are right Glennon we can do HARD THINGS! Thank you!

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Phenomenal!!

One of the best books I've read in ages! Glennon's honesty, perspective and ability to convey big topics in great metaphors is astounding and refreshing. Many parts brought "knowing tears" to my eyes, and her explanations are so beautiful. She is a true artist of the written word. I will listen to it again and again...

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  • 2020-03-11

Shockingly shallow and self-centered

Most adults I know, just about all of them in fact, hit a point in life where they shifted the focus of their lives from seeking approval and acceptance to listening to their own needs and priorities. Yet somehow Doyle's journey to self-acceptance is somehow novel. It truly isn't, except for the amazing amount of time she spends blaming society, family, friends, co-workers -- but mostly society - for forcing her to conform into a life she never wanted. The tone is sad and helpless, despite her apparent "triumph" today. Her observations are mist-deep, for example reading the different messages on the shampoo/soap bottles of her son and daughter, as if she is saw the matrix of advertising's shaping (or is it reflection?) of social and sexual norms. Most of the book goes on like this, young-adult epiphanies made by a 40-ish woman. I wish her no ill will, and if she is happy in her new life than I am happy for her. But this is exhaustive navel-gazing at its worst, an inward solipsistic journey with no real destination other than her shrill discard of her previous self. It makes me a bit sad to know that thousands of readers will lap this up, and give it 5 stars and proclaim it "life changing," as a few early reviews have predictably done, not because people are finding comfort, but that this is the vehicle that speaks to them. There is a library of available titles that do a far better job of chronicling this type of personal journey - certainly not in Ms. Glennon's voice, as her experience is uniquely her own - but in much more certain and thoughtful voices that are able to to paint a more reflective and measured picture of the forces and pressures we all face in becoming who we are, whether we like it or not. But nothing I say here will influence those that will find their own voice in hers, in all its (still) biting tone. And that's a real shame. So I guess I'll just close by saying welcome to adulthood Ms. Doyle, better late than never.

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  • Evan Kay
  • 2020-03-11

Total bummer

I was SO excited to read this! I can definitely align with the concept of feeling “overwhelmed and underwhelmed, simultaneously.” I was preparing to be inspired. Turns out, this is just a series of stories explaining why we should blame society for all of our problems. The stories would start out as eye opening, just to end up blaming society for our insecurities. There may be some truth, but it certainly isn’t inspiring. I had to stop when I got to Erika’s story. Instead of using it as an example to encourage women to go after their dreams to be happier, she blames society for trying to “control” women who want to dedicate their lives to support their husbands and children. I think the goal of this book was great. I think it could’ve been done so much better, in a much more effective way. Switching the blame from one area to another, doesn’t solve anything. I really wish I could’ve loved this.

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  • HeyJude
  • 2020-03-12

Thank you isn’t enough...

Untamed is essentially the book that teaches exactly how to undo and replace the misogynistic and racist and multifaceted discriminations we’ve all had crammed down our throats that keeps us from love and keeps us miserable in expectations-bondage. It educates you about burning them and replacing them with what is true, whole, and healthy. How we can learn and teach compassion by taking time to imagine. This book is a myth buster of epic proportions. It’s the manual on what love really looks like free of shame, stereotypes, etc etc. Thank you for Glennon Doyle — Your books free me, free others, and shows us how to set about doing the next right thing for each of us. Choose you. My next task is to set the rules for those that have permission to be on my island. (Audible review)

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  • Elyse Wendy
  • 2020-03-10

Already blown away!

I’ve only listened to the first few minutes and I’ve paused it three times overwhelmed with emotion and energized by your writing. Had to leave the first - pre-review. Thank you.

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  • Michael
  • 2020-03-12

expand and transform

Finally, someone elegant n brave enough to say it all. Better yet to share it all. The humor and truth is golden.
A story written that has welcomely expanded and transformed me all in the most divine “timing”
theres so many parenting ideas or lessons shared here that ive also thought n relate to in my mind; that ive asked my spouse to read this book bc theres just too many to retell so please read it, i said.
Im seriously considering tatoos that say untamed and let it burn.
Thank you for the time you spent to make this book sharable and also for recording it as you and no one else.
Love n Light-
Shawna Mariee

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  • Rebekah Henthorn
  • 2020-03-11

Stunning.

I’ve been a fan of Glennon Doyle’s since her Momastery days, and watching her truly come in to her own as an artist and and author and a woman is nothing short of inspiring. This latest work is a true masterpiece. I didn’t want it to end. Her insight into love, and life, and pain, and growth, and mental illness, and addiction- it’s all just so, so good. I already ordered a hard copy of the book to go back through and highlight, but hearing her read her truth is its own kind of powerful.

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  • Corinne Gaucher
  • 2020-03-11

The world will never be the same...

This is the book I’ve been waiting for my whole life. This is the book that gave me words for the fires burning within me and permission to let myself become fire. This is the book that all women from 7 to 107 will read and pass down to their daughters as required reading. This is the book that will change generations and soon enough the world.

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  • Meaghan Bynum
  • 2020-03-10

Wow!

This is my first Glennon book so I have nothing to compare as far as her work, but this book is really thought provoking. A lot of people won't like this book. People will say she hates men. What I see when I read this book is she's loving herself and she's trying to help and teach others to do the same. 5 stars all the way.:)

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  • Anne S
  • 2020-03-12

Wowza-rooni

I couldn't stop listening because my soul needed to soak it all in.

My family design is similar to Glennon's. I walked away from my "supposed to" family toward my heartbeat love about ten years ago.

Similarly I lost everything only to gain so much more. My exhusband lives down the street and we've co-parent like studs and forged life long bonds as intentional loving people wanting love based lives.

It felt validating and like home to read your story.

I also am thankful to hear another voice who struggles with entrenched faith doctrines and real life faith loving.

Most importantly I feel energized to grow in areas of sitting still ...while a loved one grieves. Letting go of my "suggestions" of how my loving wife should live her life.

Thank you.

I AM. I AM. I AM as well.

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  • Lauren
  • 2020-03-11

already crying after one paragraph

this book is eye opening. just straight up realness. a reminder for all of us to wake up and stop following the rules while caring what other people think about you or your choices. Whether you’re lost or found this book is already proving itself to be a worthy meaningful read. “I’m a goddamn cheetah” now go be free my animal friends!

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