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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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    Which Star 06-09-16
    Which Star 06-09-16

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    "Thank you Sheryl"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    There are so many stories from this book that I can relate to especially as a woman working in Tech. I wish I had read it sooner to know there is a tribe that I can Lean Into.


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    JLM62 06-06-16
    JLM62 06-06-16
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    "Sappy, gushing narrative ruins it"

    I generally do not bash the voice over artist. Normally they enhance the book. But when I listening, I hated this book. When I broke it down, I realized that it wasn't the material that was awful but the way it was read. This narrative interpretation made this book a sentimental, precious mess. It was the exact opposite of the message of the book. Completely ruined it for me.

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    Arlene 06-04-16
    Arlene 06-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for every leader, anyone who has thought of being a leader,"

    This was an intriguing, inspiring, enlightening and impactful book. Every woman should read this book and every man that wants to gain insight to women should read this book.

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    Lisa A Baker 06-03-16
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    "Un-relatable, Preachy Narrator"
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    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.

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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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  • 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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.


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  • 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
    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
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    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"
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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