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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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Excellent, animated reader. As a woman, employee and employer, I related and agreed. I chose to work from home and loved it for several years. It was a choice. But life has many cycles and returning to work has been empowering. I want my daughter to read this too.

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Great book, just OK performance

The reader's voice changes for small portions of many chapters which is extremely distracting. It's like certain parts were re-recorded.

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Profound Effects

I had no idea how much I needed this book! It provides great insight to our culture, and how we unconsciously make decisions within the workplace. Saying I feel empowered after reading it seems trivial to state. I feel as if with every every chapter I read, it arranged another block in the foundation of my career sector.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.