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Lean In Audiobook

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg's provocative, inspiring book about women and power - grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly 2,000,000 times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.

©2013 Sheryl Sandberg; 2013 Random House Audio

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    Amazon Customer 06-03-16
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    "Really good book and narration."

    I recommend this book and also the audiobook. Both incredible fascinating. I enjoyed every chapter. The literature is fluently and modern.

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    Donna Spurlock 06-01-16
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    "Just..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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


    Has Lean In turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded like a teenager with a crush on Sheryl Sandberg.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme boredom broken up by bits of ick.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Randy 05-27-16
    Randy 05-27-16
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    "Great book, poor narration"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking, researched


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elisa Donovan?

    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.


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    Sarah 05-24-16
    Sarah 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Everyone should read this book"
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    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.


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    Anna Griffith 05-19-16
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    "very repetitive...."

    General points were good, but each chapter seemed the same. There weren't many new concepts from beginning to end.

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    Aaron Randolph 05-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An eye opener"

    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.

    Aaron

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    Aseela 05-09-16
    Aseela 05-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great read"

    I would recommend this to young adults...men and women who are trying to understand subliminal msgs and corporate cultures

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    Christina 04-28-16
    Christina 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Are you talking to me, or about me?!"

    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!

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    David Gale 04-24-16
    David Gale 04-24-16
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    "Highly recommended for all women and men"

    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.

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    Kim 04-23-16
    Kim 04-23-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm a photographer who loves reading non-fiction. I gravitate towards bios and memoirs and love learning more about business & creativity.

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    "A Must-Read for all Professionals"
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Yes! I would listen again because there were so many quotes, and inspiring stories that I want to be able to share with others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sheryl Sandberg. :) I think I was intimidated by her position and education at first, but soon realized that she is a real woman with her own fears, and insecurities who is always open to improvement. Not being in the corporate world myself, I was thrilled to know there are people like her who promote equality at work AND at home.


    Have you listened to any of Elisa Donovan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet. But I hope to!


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't sure I would benefit from this book, as I am not in the corporate world, but I found it to be very beneficial Just as Sheryl stated, we all need to support each other in whatever path we choose in life, whether it be a stay-at-home Mom or Dad, or a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. This goes equally for women as well as men.

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  • Anita Solanke
    9/26/16
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    "As a black woman let me say this!"

    So many people who reviewed this had said it was hard to relate to her because she was Jewish and came from a middle class background. As a black woman from the lower class background I still found myself nodding and even clapping along to what was being said. This is a MUST read.

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  • Laura
    9/8/15
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    "Fantastic!! A must read for women and men!"

    Inspiring, engaging and very interesting. Excellent narrative, uses data and information from a variety of sources to make objective points.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fatima
    2/8/17
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    "intresting"

    Definitely gave me a new perspective, made me look from a different angle. thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
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    2/6/17
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    "Fantastic"

    One if the best books I've listened to on audible, definitely read or listen to this book

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  • Martina Dvorakova
    2/1/17
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    "Great book!"

    A good narrator, great topic of the book. I have only realised how very relevant it is upon reading it. I enjoyed the own-life stories and the data support. Highly recommended!

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  • E. Pirrie
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    1/3/17
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    "This should be school curriculum reading"
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice already. There are stories and facts and figures that I want to be able to quote to people.


    What other book might you compare Lean In to, and why?

    Shona Rhimes, year of yes. Both are inspiring books that every young person (of any gender) should read before leaving school.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elisa Donovan?

    Yes, although her voice gets a little irritating if you listen for too long. I gave performance 3 stars simply because it would have been nice is Sheryl herself had narrated it.


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

    At many times I was shocked to hear how Sheryl and other women have been treated in the workplace.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this to understand how you could make the world a better place.

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  • Anna Grudeva
    12/7/16
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    "good, but a bit oversimplified"

    a really interesting book on a very important issue, but it sometimes the author oversimplified certain points to have more impact. Nevertheless I'd recommend it both for men and women as it's giving you a good insight on what we can do together to maximize the gain from the available workforce.

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  • Lucy A.
    12/1/16
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    "Thought it was a self help book for women"
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    I thought this was a self help book for women in business, its not. I am not going to shun the book it is very interesting and the beginning section is really strong. But her tips come through her experiences which is wonderful but it nearly feels this book is used to clear up some issues that have been about in the press. And to also make Facebook look like the perfect company. So it started to grate on me.
    Better off listening to 'do less, get more' by she wasmund.

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  • Jingyao
    11/29/16
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    "sounds strange"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    honest convincing voice. no accent . voice more suitable with the book


    If you’ve listened to books by Sheryl Sandberg before, how does this one compare?

    no


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Elisa Donovan?

    Meryl Streep


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    good book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    9/9/16
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    "Really inspiring!! Total motivator!"
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    This was a great audiobook. Really enjoyed the different chapters and how it was broken down. It was really inspiring and really motivated me to change the way I behave at work. Really liked the narrator too, she gave the book a lift so I didn't feel like I was listening to a "business" book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book basically changed my career. I'm in my early 20's and made me realise all the small ways I put myself down on a daily basis, both to myself and to my colleagues. This book blew me away and I think its an essential read for anyone whose at the start of their career.

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