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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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    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.

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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.

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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.


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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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    Rebecca L. Lafleur Dunedin, FL USA 10-17-17
    Rebecca L. Lafleur Dunedin, FL USA 10-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The most incredible book I’ve ever listened to. "

    I have never felt so moved by a book. Sheryl is factual, emotional, raw, and heartfelt. Her willingness to open up, and show the constant struggle inside between work and family, how those two can fit together, and where it’s hardest to do so, has left me, truly, breathless. I cannot more highly recommend any book.

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    Carolina M. 10-12-17
    Carolina M. 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This book is everything ! "

    To all working women, mothers, future moms, men, fathers... everyone! This books is empowering. She provides facts, real experiences and encourages change. Often times we read self help books or success stories, but this one is special. A successful woman sharing there struggles through relationships, work and motherhood. She shares things that will give you "Aha" moments. You can relate as she talks and puts so much into perspective. I personally understood more of why act certain ways; things I was not aware of prior to reading this book. A must must read!

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    S. O. 10-11-17
    S. O. 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring read!"

    This book is a real eye opener. I have always felt that I have been passed up for promotions, often with the reasoning of "not enough experience" regardless of my ability to do the job and do it well. It is more than frustrating.

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    Opal F Wilson Weston, FL, US 10-08-17
    Opal F Wilson Weston, FL, US 10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brave, truthful!!!"

    loved this book. amazing how we are different women, different walks of life, yet share the same stories. I could definitely relate; however, as a woman of color the criticism faced is much more acute and abrasive. still the book helps give movement to the conversation needed

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    Opera Mom 10-08-17
    Opera Mom 10-08-17
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    "This book can be summarized in two sentences"

    One - Grab a place at the table and jump into life with both feet! Two - Instead of looking for a mentor, take the lead and be responsible for making your own amazing life happen.

    I listened to the top three minutes of every chapter only to encounter the underbelly of constant complaining. Sure, there are plenty of statistics to back up gender inequality. Do I need to invest another six hours of my life to talk about specific examples? I also had a hard time accepting that our collective failure to make progress as equals at home and work is due to our womanly Attitude of Servitude.

    There's a lot of wonder in life whether you're a busy professional, a stay-at-home parent or both. Building community by bolstering each other with kindness will go a lot further than collecting gender slights.

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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.

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  • Laura
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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    10/14/17
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    "A must read for all !!!"

    Excellent career advice by Sheryl Sandberg!!! Everyone, men and women should read this book. We need more leaders like her on the top and share their experiences

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  • Lisa Sacks
    9/24/17
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    "Must read for everyone."

    I read this book in 2 days as I simply couldn't put it down.
    I think it's a "must read" for everyone of every gender & age; studying, working and stay at home - it explains so much about the way things work (or don't), about the incredible waste of a pool of talent, and about how to negotiate, act and try to think about traditional gender roles.
    I also think it will help many to think about the way ahead and what kind of society we want ourselves and our children to live in.

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  • spaghetti-hoop
    9/6/17
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    "Very compelling listen"

    I wish I'd have read this book a long time ago. It gives an informed view of what is required of me & the reasons why.

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  • Kay A Taylor
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    8/23/17
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    "Lean In - bit American but raises important issues"

    At first I started to read this thinking is this going to be a bit too feminist for me? And by the end I was ashamed of that initial thought!
    Sheryl really nails some important points for women in the workplace - we are different, there are different biases when it comes to women in the workplace and we definitely should give each other a break. I'm really glad I read this book as I definitely recognised the fact that as women we often limit ourselves- and raising the awareness of these issues can only be a good thing to change culture and perceptions for the future.
    I am a feminist and we should all be - and proud to say it and keep the movement going for mainstream women giving freedom to do whatever they choose to do.

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  • arkanamundi@aol.com
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    8/21/17
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    "At first, I thought her understanding was superficial"

    I've studied both psychology and management science and I have often found that people who work in management but who don't study psychology or sociology, have a superficial understanding of why things are the way they are in the workplace.

    This being the case, I was a bit sceptical at the start of this audiobook, because I thought it wouldn't demonstrate a deep understanding of why women are so underrepresented in the upper levels of management. The first couple of chapters didn't go into much depth, but as I made my way further into the book, I was really impressed by the insight Sheryl Sandberg brings to the fore, backed up with statistics. I expected her to be more of a handmaiden... but she's really not.

    She has been very brave to write this and she expresses aspects of feminist theory with such clarity. It means this is a very approachable book and I really didn't expect her to have read people like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.


    I was massively impressed. I will definitely be quoting things Sheryl has said, particularly chapter 11 where she talks about women internalising the idea that they are second class citizens (because we are all subtly encouraged to hold this view) and then by upholding this way of thinking, they become unwitting proponents of a value system that holds them back.

    Really great book, highly recommended.

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  • Marcelle Bousson
    8/5/17
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    "Thumb's Up"

    I really loved the book, learned and understood a lot about myself. Bought 2 hard copies for my Manager and a good friend of mine. Even though I wanted to stop listening to it after the Author Mrs Sandberg wrote "The gap is even worst for women in colours"
    It is the most offensive description to say knowing that White (or something like that) it's a colour too. There were many other words that she could have used like "The gap is even worst for women from different backgrounds, Ethnicities, Countries, etc... But well this shows as well how forgiveness for some people in ignorance and sympathy to does men in power and few jealous woman It is important, as the writer herself haven't update herself in knowing that it is offensive to call someone coloured .... And I was quite surprised that she did not touch on that subject later in the book.

    Was it to have us all on board right at the beginning? or...

    Because when I finished the book I felt that we had find a great advocate for white women in the work force.

    But for the others there is no solution yet as she straight from the beginning remind us how none existent we are leading at the top. But yet did not mentioned it again ...

    I will stop at that.

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  • Emma
    7/31/17
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    "Interesting view on women in the workplace"

    A lot I can relate to, helping me with thinking about my career. Would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patches
    6/11/17
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    "Female leading in a male world corporate"

    great perspective on how to succeed in a male dominated corporate world whilst juggling many other elements of life. Tips for both genders in how to succeed generally. Good read, well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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