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  • 2 reviews
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  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Cynthia says: "Lean In, Lead On"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any woman and man who is looking for ways to make away with gender issues in the workplace. We need people in power, both men and women, who can open the dialog needed to make the workplace a friendlier place for women, those with families and those without.Ms. Sandberg, using her own experiences and those of people close to her, makes a case for the advancement of women in the workplace using scientific and business data. Between those damned "work-life" juggles, to acknowledging your ambition and siting at the table, to how to engage your partner to become an equal partner if you're interested in childrearing and advancing in your professional career. She makes a convincing case for acknowledging social conventions for the sexes and blowing past them.In some ways this book is a feminist manifesto but all the way she acknowledges that no two people are the same and what is right for some women is not for others. The gender gap hasn't been closed, so let's lean in and make it happen.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book is filled with anecdotes which will make you laugh, cry and even cringe a bit.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The introduction and first chapters of this book made me cry, because I am the woman described. The one always selling myself short and observing social conventions to be liked. Ms. Sanderberg made me realize even women at the top, have made mistakes on the way there.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Go along with the creatures..."

    I commute 120 miles daily, so I listen to a lot of books. I listened to "A Discovery of Witches" between the 3rd and 4th installments of the Outlander Series (which are great too!).

    The subject is not novel: witches, vampires and demons trying to coexist with humans and while finding themselves in some sort of trouble they must sort through. However, I loved Ms. Harkness' scholarly approach, perhaps because the vampires and myself share the same scientific interests, and even caugh myself chuckling at some inspiring yoga classes, dinner dates and outspoken aunts. I do hope a sequel is forthcoming.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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