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Lean In Audiobook

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

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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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    RaisinNut PA, USA 08-25-13
    RaisinNut PA, USA 08-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Equal Opportunities for Women...and Men!"

    Far from a dull book about women in business, “Lean In” is about women’s final push for equality at work and at home. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg paints a compelling portrait of the women’s movement as it stands today. Sandberg pays homage to how far women have come, and articulates where women need to go to make it all the way.

    This book is organized into chapters that bring to light some of the common mistakes women make, such as choosing not to “sit at the table” at work, asking strangers to be their mentors, “leaving before they leave” by allowing future family plans to impact how far they advance in their careers and attempting to “do it all” when they have partners and spouses who are willing and able to assist.

    While the message of this book seems tailored to women, Sandberg stresses that these lessons are equally important for men to learn. She sympathizes with the plight of men that they are expected to be the primary breadwinners of the home, thus reducing the time they have to spend with their children. If women and men could be equal partners at home, Sandberg suggests, men would enjoy equal opportunities for childrearing and women would not be cornered into feeling they must “do it all.”

    What keeps this book interesting is Sandberg’s willingness to share her own personal anecdotes. Her experiences will make you laugh, cringe and applaud. She tells one story about meeting the speaker of the house, who belittles her by patting her on the head, telling her she is pretty and asking if she is a “pom pom girl.” Sandberg indignantly replies, “I study too much for that!”

    Narrator Elisa Donovan reads this book with conviction and emotion. Her performance is so convincing that if I didn’t know better I would have believed that Sandberg herself did the narration.

    Whether you are a working woman, a working mother, a stay-at-home mother or a man who loves one, this book is for you. It will open your eyes not just to women’s fight for equality, but also to men’s. This book will make you a better mother, father, woman and man.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nadya 03-18-13
    Nadya 03-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspiring"
    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.


    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 03-20-13
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    "Awesome Book!!!"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, motivation, inspiring. I have since "Lean In" at my work. Which happens to be in estimating of construction work, an all boy's club. I am the only woman estimator in my company and I could relate to so many of what Sheryl was talking about.


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

    I don't have any yet.


    Which character – as performed by Elisa Donovan – was your favorite?

    She made it hard for me to stop listening.


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

    Yes, I normally do not read or listen to books, but this one I could not stop listening to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JG East Coast 03-15-13
    JG East Coast 03-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "enjoyed the book....narrator sounded a bit young"
    Where does Lean In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good memoir and useful advice.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elisa Donovan?

    I found that Elisa had an engaging voice and style. However, for a book from a woman who is an industry leader, Elisa's voice did not portray a seasoned professional....she sounded like a young woman just out of college....


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Hanson 07-15-13
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    "Lacks concrete plans of action, depressing"
    What did you like best about Lean In? What did you like least?

    I generally appreciate a book that sets out to empower women in the workplace. Unfortunately the stories are more depressing than inspiring, and Sandberg's advice is paltry and limited-- essentially her best advice is to ask for a raise, be assertive, but don't stop being nice, because as you assert yourself people will dislike you for your power.

    I feel that I could have gotten her main points in about 1/7 of the time that it took to get through this book. Overall I found Sandberg's examples repetitive.

    I don't need someone to tell me that women are not getting equal treatment over and over-- I heard this already in Feminist Studies in college. I would like to know how do we make inroads given the playing field, and case studies of women both who tried to buck the system and failed-- and those who tried to buck it and succeeded.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I also felt that Sandberg's examples were often cliche's or quotes from others that I was already familiar with. I've already read Tina Fey's book-- I don't need you to quote her in yours. I wish she had more academic or empirical research as opposed to exclusively personal experience and anecdotal. There were only a few points that introduced new ideas in the field to me-- and for the most part they were depressing: women actually shy away from hiring other women, when women are in higher positions, this decreases the chances that more women will rise to high positions in that company, when women ask for raises they often get them. I wish she had cast a broader net with her supporting detail. I also wish that she had drawn conclusions then that were less repetitive -- or for those repetitive sections trimmed the book down to a more concise read.

    The truth is Sandberg is leveraging her position to create a property she can sell-- and hasn't put in the dedicated research that would be necessary to make this truly awesome regardless of how business famous the person writing it is.


    Which character – as performed by Elisa Donovan – was your favorite?

    This book is not about characters. Audible -- get with it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No thanks.


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Weinstein New York, NY 09-11-13
    Brooke Weinstein New York, NY 09-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    Sheryl Sandberg is insightful and very accomplished. Her book solely deals with careers that have been male dominated and are beginning to shift. Unfortunately does not address non-corporate sexism that exists in every industry.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 04-14-13
    Theresa 04-14-13
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    "Not for the Single Woman With No Family"
    What would have made Lean In better?

    If you're a working mother looking for a book to make you feel good about your choice this is the book for you. Being a single career woman with no family to feel bad about neglecting, it was not the book for me. There are a few pieces of good advice regarding communicating and negotiating in a male-dominated workplace but, for the most part, this book goes on an on about a guilt-free mindset for those women who have chosen to put career ahead of family.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 03-09-15
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen"
    Any additional comments?

    Lean In is a book full of Sheryl Sandberg's lessons learned. It is a great listen with some good advice and a lot of common sense. If you talk to someone and s/he trivializes the contents of this book, s/he either hasn't listened to or read it or s/he didn't pay attention. Anyone who is paying attention to the contents of this book will finish it knowing s/he has a plan to obtain his/her dreams whatever they are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 01-20-14
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Advice for Women, Poor Advice for Husbands"

    Sandberg does a great job of exploring the issues that have surrounded women in the workplace. Many of my female coworkers found this book very helpful and enlightening. As a man, the first have of the book was enlightening to me as well.

    But in the second half of the book Sandberg attempts to make a prescription for a more balanced family through work sharing. Her mistake is that she identifies the professional responsibilities of the man and the woman, but the home/family responsibilities of only the woman. She completely omits all of the responsibilities that most men shoulder at home, acting as if they spent their evenings watching TV and weekends out golfing. No credit is given for work like tending the lawn and landscaping, building and repairing fences, maintaining and repairing automobiles, cleaning the pool, handling insurance, tending to the electronic world that the family relies on, and dozens more. In my household all of this requires hours every day. But in her book there is no mention of any of this.

    Warning to women readers - take the time to find out what your husband is doing now before asking him to take 50% of what you are doing. He may have 50% of his own house work to share with you in return.

    23 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Soo San Jose, Ca, United States 03-13-13
    Soo San Jose, Ca, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too similar with " Knowing Your Value""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening this new audio book. No doubt that it is very inspring as I can related to the topic as a womon profressional. However, I found that overall content was too similar with Knowing Your Value by Mika Brezenzinski. I expected more original and different from someone like Sheryl I guess.


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    6/9/17
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    "Fantastic book for women striving to achieve"
    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Full of facts, figures and insight that inspire, drive and encourage women to take hold of their careers with both hands and wring every drop of potential out of life as possible.


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

    It shares parallels with tarah Wheeler Van Vlacks women in tech - both books encourage women to push themselves and strive for the best


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

    YES. But also awesome to dip in and out of


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Mitchell
    5/3/17
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    "Incredible thought provoking and powerful"
    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    A clear look at the inequality that still plagues women on everyday life and how we must look and consciously identify our own barriers as well as those that people place in our way.
    I found this book educational, with data backing up statements, thoughtful and very very powerful. By the end of this book, I found I was owning up for my own failing for not 'Leaning In' but also with a resounding commitment to 'sit at the table' and 'speak up'.

    I believer that everyone should read/listen to this book at least once in their life. I would also recommend any person - Man or Women should listen to this book to ensure that they do not fall into systemic problems that have not yet been eradicated.


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

    To shake things up, I would recommend an autobiography 'How to be a Woman' by Caitlin Morgan.


    Did Elisa Donovan do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Whilst the narrative was good, I had to speed up the narration.


    0 of 0 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!

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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