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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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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 03-09-15

Great listen

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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.

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 01-20-14

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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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.

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  • Soo
  • San Jose, Ca, United States
  • 03-13-13

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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Way too liberal

I thought I was going to get an unbiased view of how to be a female leader in the workplace but that's not it at all so watch out. All it is, is more far left, man-hating, tradition stomping propaganda meant to criticise and destroy our hope in men and society. This poor mistreated women attitude is sickening. We are not defeated, we are not mistreated. We have every opportunity that men do it's time to shake off this victim attitude and grow up!!!

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great key points but read the cliff notes!

This book had GREAT key points but could have been drastically condensed! Many of the chapters I felt blurred together in repetition of the previous chapter. The narrator is what kept me going!

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  • Leah
  • WIsconsin, United States
  • 02-26-14

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • mpb
  • new york city
  • 11-07-13

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 !

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  • Cristina
  • Cypress, TX, United States
  • 10-09-13

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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  • Anna Grudeva
  • 12-07-16

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.
  • 12-01-16

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. <br/>Better off listening to 'do less, get more' by she wasmund.

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  • Jingyao
  • 11-29-16

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

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  • Helen
  • 09-09-16

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.

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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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  • Harriet
  • 08-26-16

Inspirational

I loved this book - so inspiring and helped me to realise it's ok to be ambitious, it's ok to love my child but also love my job. A must read for all men and women. Will be recommending it to my husband, sister, best friend and boss.

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  • Xiomara
  • 06-18-16

Powerful book to read a couple of times!

Great inspiration to support one another. A good mix of memories and career tips and motivation.

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  • Cleo
  • 05-19-16

truly inspiring!

The book really highlights the gender bias in both men and women and does a great job in challenging each one. I felt very empowered after reading this. It made me realise we all have to play a part in making the gender gap smaller. The only part of the book I sometimes struggled with is the social class difference between her and I. Being a COO makes her very privileged so in some parts I couldn't relate. But overall, a great listen!

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  • Bernice
  • 03-31-16

Lead On!

This book is very good and a must for any working woman (and man) especially if you have children and are trying to balance life and work.

However, I could not help thinking that Sheryl comes from a more privileged and secure place than most of the women that I know, so may have more choices as a result. Some of this she acknowledges. (This is not to diminish her achievements or to dismiss the principles she proposes.) Only to say that many women, including myself, may not have her abilities or some of the support systems she refers to. But she is a great leader and this is a great book.

I have wanted to listen to this book for a long time and it did not disappoint.

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  • FKblue
  • 03-27-16

Interesting.

Having watched Sheryl on Oprah and listened to her TED talk, I was interested to find out more. As a leader and mother myself, I could empathise and sympathise with a lot of her reflections and experiences. I wouldn't let the American Business world references put you off too much. I would recommend this to all working women with a family.

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  • Ms R J Williams
  • 03-11-16

Bad voice !

I want listen to the book but can't as it sounds like a computer sorry

2 of 4 people found this review helpful