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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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    A. Yoshida 08-13-13
    A. Yoshida 08-13-13
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    "Subtle bias against women in the workplace"

    This is an easy read with a little of everything... stories, statistics, and facts about women in the workforce. Women don't think about how they might be limiting their choices, like not accepting a new job or challenging responsibilities because they might want to start a family someday. They're giving up on compensation increases and experience because they don't know how being a mother with fit in with a demanding job. This bias applies to all women, not just those who are mothers. When a man is assertive, he's ambitious. When a woman is assertive, she's a bitch. The author gives many examples of when men are view positively while women are negatively given the same circumstances. This book makes you stop and think about your own bias. It is not a book about how to fix the workplace. It's a book to prompt people to have conversations.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Rae Valencia, CA, United States 05-14-15
    Rae Valencia, CA, United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't Expect to like it."

    Initially, when asked to read this book, I didn't thinking it would be my cup of tea. I'm not a corporate woman, but I am a business owner. I was pleasantly surprised at how applicable most of the book was to my life, although there were major cultural things that were not relatable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randi Lebanon, NH, United States 06-02-14
    Randi Lebanon, NH, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I bought two copies!"

    After listening to this, I felt compelled to purchase two copies. One was for my sister and one to keep and share with my daughters. THAT is how good this book is. I continue to flip through it and have pages marked for use to write cover letters, research papers and classroom discussions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 05-27-14
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.

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    "Useful guidance, too long for small number of idea"

    I initially refused to consider reading this because I find business books boring and underwritten -two ideas, two hundred pages. Most would make a reasonable serious business journal article at best. This book is not a lot different, lots of ego and anecdotes, but also some very useful perspectives and ideas that would have made a nice substantive article.

    That said, I agree with much of what Sandberg says and I agree with her general point on how badly things are going for working women in our country relative to their potential to have more fulfilling and more meaningful careers whether at home or at the office depending on their ability to negotiate more manageable work loads in the home and the office. I salute her for standing up and saying so and for her commitment to being a feminist when so many women are willing to take the fruits of the women's movement but unwilling to fight anyone other than themselves.

    I enjoyed the book, but it could have been an article….

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    E 04-18-14
    E 04-18-14
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    "listen women and men"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    tight edgy beneficial


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sheryl


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    nothing really-


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes- I did and listened to it 5 more times taking notes


    Any additional comments?

    Trail blazer - true human a person I can look up to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah WIsconsin, United States 02-26-14
    Leah WIsconsin, United States 02-26-14
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    "Very inspirational"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    Sheryl's writing is very engaging & the narrator voice was enjoyable to listen to.


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

    I felt inspired to lean in.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Sheryl's writing. She is such an engaging speaker & writer. Very happy that I read/listened to it. Will listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 11-16-13
    Lori 11-16-13
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    "Inspirational"
    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Once I got passed the first Chapter, I this ranks as excellent information that I will utilize.


    Would you recommend Lean In to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, every manager male or female will benefit.


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

    No however I wish Brene Brown had hired her for her books.


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

    I resonated with the information.


    Any additional comments?

    Format and the context were well defined and flowed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mpb new york city 11-07-13
    mpb new york city 11-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "My best book this year"
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    The narration is great and the story fantastic. She expose herself to the real world and exactly what each business women is facing. I relate to each story and also got some fantastic insight on what not to do !


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the funny stories about managing husband and children as well as taking stands in negotiating salary.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Do what you feel is best for the business take insight from others but don't take a mentor !


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Cypress, TX, United States 10-09-13
    Cristina Cypress, TX, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Just another feminist book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. There were a couple of points I liked, but overall she didn't have a lot of recommendations on how to change gender inequality. She just pointed to the obvious notion that there is a gender inequality. I hated the fact that she described herself as a whale when she was pregnant. How awful. Also, I didn't get the point that she wants to be treated equal but yet asks for benefits for parking at her job. I don't understand how she champions gender equality but yet asks to be treated differently from others. Men don't get this treatment or special parking spaces.


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

    I've never read one before.


    What aspect of Elisa Donovan’s performance would you have changed?

    Good. A little young.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Lean In?

    To confront problems head on and to sit at the table.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    V. Vijayakumar San Jose, CA 10-03-13
    V. Vijayakumar San Jose, CA 10-03-13

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    "good portions of the different views"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend and have already recommended this book to quite a few women/men that I know. Some men are still skeptical about reading it. I think everyone whether they're working or not needs to understand the biases of the world so true equality is achieved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    These are situations most working and non-working women face. These was well described with anecdotes and her reactions were realistic and the way she handled them was brave.
    I feel this book was mostly unbiased and showed attitudes of women towards men just as much as it showed attitude of women towards women and men towards women.



    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elisa Donovan?

    She was very expressive and in most parts could relate to the tone in her voice. So, yes!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not listen to this in one sitting, I listened to it on my car phone during my long commute to work through multiple days


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Anita Solanke
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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
  • Amazon Customer
    4/3/17
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    "inspirational"

    I needed to hear this advice. reading this was like having high quality mentoring. Thank you!

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  • Fatima
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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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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy A.
    12/1/16
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    "Thought it was a self help book for women"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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