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Option B Audiobook

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

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Publisher's Summary

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 Sheryl Sandberg; 2017 Random House AudioBooks

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    Sunlight and Shadows 31/05/2017
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    "Reader Warning - Don't Start Reading In Public"
    If you could sum up Option B in three words, what would they be?

    Quick reader warning - probably best not to start listening to this book when in public. I listen to audiobooks when I am out walking and on this occasion I was in a very public place, headphones on and within minutes my eyes were welling up and there was a lump in my throat. How I held the tears in I don't know.
    Life throws us unplanned curveballs that throw us off the path that we thought we were on. Sheryl shares her journey with deep honesty. Covering emotions, strategies, ups and downs and so much more. It was inspiring and at times gut-wrenchingly real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Option B?

    The beginning - I didn't want to stop listening


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Surviving is a journey full of unexpected blessings


    Any additional comments?

    Having had moments in life that have led from option B to C to D and further into the alphabet this book helped to give perspective and a 'permission' to be so hard on myself - Thank you.

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    Kindle Customer UK 11/05/2017
    Kindle Customer UK 11/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    krider2010 09/05/2017
    krider2010 09/05/2017
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    "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 25/09/2017
    customer 25/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "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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    Kirsty 08/09/2017
    Kirsty 08/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent as ever."

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

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    Eskimo 28/07/2017
    Eskimo 28/07/2017
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    "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 LONDON, United Kingdom 27/06/2017
    Jayne LONDON, United Kingdom 27/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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 17/06/2017
    Kwame Bekoe 17/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "inspirational"

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

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    Chicatree 19/05/2017
    Chicatree 19/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "As good as I thought it would be "

    Well what can I say. Sandberg honoured Dave with this book so well. However if I can tell Dave I'd say 'damn Dave! what a jewel of a wife you had been blessed with!' Always learning new things through Sheryl. I look forward to her future books and insights.

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    Lucy P 07/05/2017
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    "Brave, courageous and thought provoking"

    I listened to the book having not suffered the loss of a loved one or suffered trauma. I read in an interview that this book discusses techniques to make one more resilient trauma or not.
    Wow - the level of pain described is so honestly and movingly described. Ways to both overcome trauma and talk to those in trauma are detailed with real examples from the authors life.
    What I wasn't expecting was marriage advice - couples that respond to openings in conversations positively are way less likely to divorce! I imagine that everyone slips here and I immediately implemented this, with great results.

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