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Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, read by Elisa Donovan.

New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. 'I was in "the void,"' she writes, 'a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.' Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart - and her journal - to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl's loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere...and to rediscover joy.

Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead.

Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. 'I want Dave,' she cried. Her friend replied, 'Option A is not available,' and then promised to help her make the most of option B.

We all live some form of option B. This audiobook will help us all make the most of it.

©2017 Random House AudioBooks; 2017 Sheryl Sandberg

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Terrible narration

The narrator, or at least the editing, was simply terrible. The Narrator seemed to tire through passages, starting with enthusiasm and dying off. Then suddenly the editing had her back with enthusiasm again. There were a few words in sentences that had clearly been edited in, and it was super obvious either due to tone or volume. I feel ripped off for paying for this quality of narration. Its not the usual audible standard.

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  • krider2010
  • 05-09-17

Finding your inner resilience and strength

This book is excellent. I had doubts, as part of me wondered how much this was related to Lean In, or if this was cashing in. I need not have worried.

It encourages resilience, openness, honesty, and empathy. It covers grief, trauma, and healing. It offers hope for those who might need it. It allows those who don't don't what to say or do some insight into where they can help. It resonated strongly with me over how one feels after sudden trauma (not just death), and how people then interact with you.

I urge everyone to read this to be braver about dealing with, and speaking of, death. Something we are very bad at in the western world. I also encourage people to read this if they want to improve their empathetic interactions with people who have lost loved ones, been diagnosed with serious illness, had major accidents, etc.

I also think this should be required reading for managers, given the support people need (or more likely should be given) in the workplace. And how those you do support repay their reduced hours or apparent loss of productivity though stepping up because you help them to do so. Or, as in my case, leave a role where there clearly was no understanding and long term support.

I've rarely (in my adult life when time has become more pressed) finished a book as quickly while not on vacation.

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  • customer
  • 09-25-17

Tried to listen to this on audible but gave up

Unbearably depressing with minimal useful pieces of advice, padded out with one sad story after another

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-11-17

Amazing, but emotional

This was one of the best audio books I've listened to, but it is so, so emotional. I literally sat in my car and sobbed listening to the stories, but it is also very inspirational. If you are struggling with anything (or even if you aren't) listen to this audio book and think about how you can become more resilient!

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  • Sile
  • 08-02-18

Honest and generous sharing.

The story is heart warming and the sharing is honest. It is worth a read, however I struggled at times to connect with the examples and points being made. I still don't know if this was where i was or that the book didn't resonate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-31-18

Highly recommend a listen!

Highly recommend a listen for anyone in need of strength, resilience and a little grounding at home or work!

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  • vipin
  • 11-10-17

Sheryl had resources few facing such can dream of.

Sheryl had network and financial backing to start with, which most people don't so most of the people who faces these issues can use any experience Sheryl shares.

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  • Kirsty
  • 09-08-17

Excellent as ever.

Sheryl is really an inspiration to me and I would always read more from her.

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  • Eskimo
  • 07-28-17

Beautiful and potentially life changing book

Sheryl Sandberg is a master of living life and not just existing. Great book from Sheryl and Adam.

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  • Jayne
  • 06-27-17

Some good information for grieving

This has useful information if you are in the grieving process or know someone else who is. It is written from a very subjective viewpoint. This is not a "story" in that way but is her experience and what she went through.

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  • Kwame Bekoe
  • 06-17-17

inspirational

Great book, helping anyone see the positives in any negative situation they face in life

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  • Mario
  • 05-17-17

Great book up emotionally heavy

This is a great book to learn some tactics and strategies to overcome adversity and building resilience in a framework of grieving.
I would highly recommend this for people who are learning to deal with grief due to the loss of a loved one or helping someone who has lost a loved one.

Some of the strategies and tactics can carry over to other aspects of facing adversity and building resilience but this book offers little in situation examples other then in the context of loss of a loved one.

The book is quite emotional and could potentially be triggering for some people - I personally had some nights of rough sleeping thinking about the concept of loss and grief.

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  • Caroline of Springboard Lifestyle Co
  • 02-28-18

Hated it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Had to grit my teeth to listen to this book. The narrators voice went through my brain. The sound of nails on a challkboard would have been more pleasant.

What was most disappointing about Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant ’s story?

I really struggled to empathise with the author. I couldn't relate to her at all.

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  • caitlin
  • 07-21-18

True self help

This book is worth all five stars. I'm a psychologist and learnt so much from this book. Excellent self-help for those experiencing hard times. This book is the perfect combination of personal experience and solid strategies of recovery.

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  • Erica
  • 06-11-18

Great Read

Fantastic view point of grief, resilience and love. Must read and transferrable to all aspects of life! Adam Grant is an amazing addition to the story! Xx

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  • Kai1
  • 07-06-17

Really excellent narrator, always enjoy Sheryls writing

I really enjoyed lean in so was keen to hear the next book, to be far it was very well written and there were some useful takeaways but I do feel I would have got more from it if I'd been going through loss of a loved one - she does a great job of explaining tactics and sharing very personal accounts of what happened to her. Overall a good listen, tho not all that uplifting to myself personally

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  • Simon
  • 06-11-17

A constant emotional assault!

Would you try another book written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant or narrated by Elisa Donovan?

I would consider another book from Sheryl Sandberg / Adam Grant based on Option B. The narration was consistent though may have benefited from deeper expression of the emotions contained in the book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant ? Why or why not?

The content was powerful and provided many points to connect with. Option B clearly demonstrated that no one is alone when they are going through a rough time - we all have our challenges.

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Option B is a well constructed work that provides a clear picture of how Sheryl managed through an extremely traumatic experience and connects this with events that many of us will be able to relate to.

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  • Alina
  • 06-05-17

A moving, compelling shared experience

Loved it. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion even before the end of Ch 2. I found this a heartfelt experience that touched me on a very personal note, but told in such a way that the 'lessons learnt' will reach into every aspect of my life i.e professionally, socially and as a mother/step-mother/sister/daughter/wife/daughter-in-law. I found the narration excellent - it felt like it was the author herself!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-27-17

A quest to find resilience

Amazing read! Sheryl really opens up and through her vulnerability allows others to be taught how they too can get through tough times! I cried almost the whole way through but it was a refreshing cry, it gave me hope and allowed me to learn how to comfort others who might be going through the same pain!

Highly recommended ☺️

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  • Simon
  • 05-21-17

Option B — a little indulgent

What would have made Option B better?

More anecdotals that were not only about the author's bereavement. There were some really excellent points but if felt a little cathartic.

What will your next listen be?

A Simon Senek title.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was too personal and felt as if it was produced as an part of her grieving process. Very admirable but I wanted to move past that.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and I slogged through to the end. The author is clearly a high performer in a large wealthy corporation. I doubt whether many of the audience would be able to relate to the story.

Any additional comments?

This might be a good book if you were working through a grieving process. But it certainly was not made clear when I began listening to it.