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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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    Becki 06-02-17
    Becki 06-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The most opulent display of humblebragging I have"
    What disappointed you about Lean In?

    I am having a very difficult time pinpointing exactly why I dislike this book so much. I myself am a successful professional with two business degrees; yes, I happen to be female as well. To add on to that, I am also a minority. This book was not what I expected with the surrounding hype. My own, very high level, perception of this book was that it is a boastful expression of how wonderful her life is, her “difficulties”, and how she justifies these in order to appease societal standards. I use the term difficulties lightly because having oh so many older colleagues trying to set her up with their son’s is truly a battle. I do see an attempt to relate to the modern professional working mothers (not all working women) by showing her neuroses, but she finds a way to justify those as well. I think she has a very good overall message letting women know that the glass ceiling should not impede their advancement, even with a family. I could not even stand to finish the book.


    Has Lean In turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just to anything else by Sheryl Sandberg


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elisa Donovan?

    I had no problem with the narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly 03-15-17
    Shelly 03-15-17
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    "Repetitive, self focused and kind of boring"

    Appreciate the intentions but it seemed like a boring graduation speech. Long on platitudes and rather annoyingly narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie H 02-21-17
    Bonnie H 02-21-17
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    Honestly, I listened to about half of this audio book and lost interest. I feel that this story repeats itself in different feminist ways. Just not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BH 01-03-17
    BH 01-03-17
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    "3 hrs content in 6.5 hours"
    What did you love best about Lean In?

    Learned a great deal that I have used several times since the read. Eye opener for me and didn't realize how I perceived things she described.Glad I read it. I have referenced and recommended this book several times since the read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Painful. I like to get things done and the content was good enough that I stay tuned in even though I wanted to scream several times as she started down the long winding road that could have been and should have been communicated in 2 sentences. I got it , lets move on..... Predictable punch lines and cliches did not undermine the valuable content but was annoying.I felt that the author had a underlying stereotype that she applied to her men co workers but never acknowledged she had them. Made the read carry a little hypocrisy for me but very good information none the less.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ibi A. Aboyade-cole CHICAGO 12-24-16
    Ibi A. Aboyade-cole CHICAGO 12-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Not as relatable as anticipated. "

    By the last 2 hours, I just wanted it to be over. Repetitive. Shallow. Very. .. Rich people problems vantage point.

    The reading performance sounded too patronizing and overly sweet.

    Maybe the citations or sources for statistics are in the hard copy? vague citations.

    And really... really only scratched at the root of the problem.

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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.

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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.

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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 05-27-14
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2017

    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….

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    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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  • Xiomara
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    6/18/16
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    "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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    5/19/16
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    "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
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    3/31/16
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    "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
    3/27/16
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    "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
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    "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
  • Kristina
    11/30/15
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    "Incredibly insightful and inspirational"

    I absolutely loved this book. Definitely recommend it to everyone who's interested in a more equal world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/10/15
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    "Fantastic, thought provoking listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Lean In the most enjoyable?

    I was a bit worried that I might not enjoy the book,that it might focus too much on ambition, getting ahead at any cost but it didn't at all. I found it extremely interesting and could relate to a lot of what Sheryl had written. Although I don't see myself as either sexist or a victim or sexism, there were some scenarios and examples given which made me realise that sometimes certain views or attitudes are so entrenched that we aren't even conscious of them.


    What does Elisa Donovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She was a fantastic narrator, so natural you felt as she was just talking to you rather than reading someone else's words.


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

    When she spoke about her (now late) husband supports her and their family so much. How it isn't easy juggling responsibilities but she knows what a great team they make, and how it gives her reassurance that they will cope with any future difficulties.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicky
    8/31/16
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    "not for me"

    Etch left me feeling like the world hates me for being a woman, apparently my teachers were not interested in me cause I was a girl, men at work aren't interested in my view etc... I had to stop listening as made me feel awful. not even my grandad who was convinced that educating girls gave them brain damage made me feel bad... he just made me laugh the fool!! I work in a male dominated environment and didn't get this book. I am sure that for some women who are not comfortable in a male dominated environment this is invaluable, but not for me..... look at people as people not as men, women, whites, coloureds etc and view yourself as a person too. xx

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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