Summary: This book is awful, dated, and un-relatable. The narrator is somewhat annoying, but not terrible. If you are a younger, ambitious woman in the workplace, I do not think you will appreciate this book.
Sheryl Sandburg plays the victim card in this book. When you play the victim card, you have no control to improve the situation. She doesn't offer much in the way of solutions and the advice she does give to women/people is bad or just plan wrong. As a young woman in business, I feel that this book paints an awful picture of women. Throughout the book Sandberg highlights her insecurities, and guilt and she is over apologetic. She may be trying to help women to understand that these feelings are ok to have but instead she groups all women together and portrays them as weak, insecure, under-ambitious, guilt ridden and over apologetic. I, for one, do not want to be grouped into that category. For most of the book, I wanted to scream, "that's not me!" or say "this does not apply to me at all". She writes as though all women are facing the same, or similar struggles but the struggles she faced are dated. This book should have come out 2 decades ago. The younger generations are not facing the same barriers Sandberg faced.The issue of equality that children of today will face will be that for transgender individuals, not equality for women in business.
I'm wondering if this book would be less irritating if read by the author. Why couldn't the author--a seasoned speaker--speak for herself? I'm pretty sure the narrator brought this down a few pegs
She sounded like a teenager with a crush on Sheryl Sandberg.
Extreme boredom broken up by bits of ick.
The thoughts conveyed were somewhat too simplistic and a little whinging. Sheryl wants everything to be fair for everyone all the time. Sweet. Not exactly the bravest feminist literature produced.
Thought provoking, researched
Someone with a more mature/soothing voice. Elisa's voice was slightly nasal and sounded very young. I felt that it didn't suite the material. It was more of a distraction.
It's so thought prevoking and the statistics alone are worth hearing. It's amazing to me that Sandberg got so much crticisim when the introduction literally covers and acknowledges the book's flaws (directed towards indvidual control rather than larger policy or systematic issues; not applicable towards lower income women; parts of her life are unrelatable...). I absolutely recommend this book to all ages, all genders.
I finished this book in two days. It really was an eye opener for me to see the struggles that women still face in the professional circles. Sheryl's story was encouraging and engaging. Her professional insights were very helpful for me personally.
It also makes me see the importance of supporting my wife not only as a professional woman but at home.
Thank you for this.
This book is telling the story of my life as if it's been following me around like reality TV cameras! Sandberg speaks truth to the situation that many of us face in the workplace. My only wish is that I could blast the audio here in the office in hopes that a few of my peers could hear!
Listened to the audio book while commuting. Every woman, young and old, working or not, should read it, as well as the men who love them. Lots of important gems on how we all need to break through internal and external barriers, fully participate, and become the person we want to be.