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Option B

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Narrated by: Ms Elisa Donovan
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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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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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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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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A wallow in pain

I tried so hard with this book. I was looking for tools to build a life with chronic illness leaving me in grief and loss, needing to create a plan B life. This book taught me nothing. I have so much sympathy for the author losing her husband, but it's a repetition of the grief on every single page. I saw no Plan B, and couldn't push myself to the end to hear if there was one. if anything the book messed me up more because she said without the supports in her life she wouldn't have survived the loss - and I don't have those supports in my life, so I'm deeply doomed when I do lose a loved one. This is no self-help book at all, but a wallow in pain.

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Touching

Devastating yet enlightening story with a practical and hopeful approach to finding inner strength. Not just for those grieving, but for everyone.

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The book everyone will need in their lifetime

Loved this book, resilience is something we all need to improve on. Very moving story which unfortunately will relate to everyone at some point of their lives.

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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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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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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 Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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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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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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  • Kirsty Thomson
  • 29-11-2017

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
  • 09-05-2017

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

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-2018

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-2017

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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  • Edward R.
  • 14-10-2020

Have you ever felt utter loss from losing a loved one, your house or your job?

If you have ever experienced and felt deep loss and bewildering sadness from grief, you been sacked, your business has gone into liquidation, your child has died or mum or any close relative, you lost your house and you now need to down size and explain to your children why and what’s coming next. If you have experienced any off the above this is the book for you. I can’t put my finger on one part that is invigorating and I felt yeahh that’s me alright. The whole book is like that! I have just done a short pdf about the ‘secret to success’ in my website where I tried to compact how to get rid of limiting beliefs and start living again by using a road map that ends up with incantations. That short 30 pages touches what Sheryl is covering in depth. I mean in depth! I was blowned away as she covers all from NLP to God knows what! It’s proper research intermixed with her own selfless and open gift that is her own so deep grief. It’s truly amazing. I wish I had had access to this book when my twin brother died and when my husbands business went upside down. Or when I felt like totally lost in my new life as married in the UK. I wish I had had this book in my hand when my 1st English boyfriends ignorant sister said on my comment on the Headmaster who had been killed- ohh I hope they don’t suffer any financial loss now on top of losing him- she said - don’t be silly of course not. Silly 🐮- I forgive her but she made me feel like an idiot that I could even think that - of course no one like them would feel financial loss? This book has soooo confirmed what I thought was ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ at least I can’t be wrong I think! when Sheryl thinks the same and apparently so does loads others! Listen to your inner voice what ever it tells you. Silent the chatter in your mind and ignorant people around you and you might be able to hear what your higher self is begging to let you know! And listen to this book - I loved the audio! Thank you so much for writing this book and making this audio! The best book ever! 👍😉❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-2020

what an emotional book

I do not like rating autobiographies and books like these where a deeply personal story is the main event. Who could rate the feelings, experiences and opinions on how to cope with losing a loved one? But I have to say, I am grateful my friend recommended this to me, and I really enjoyed it

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  • Mrs M.
  • 26-09-2019

Making changes

Inspiring, honest and moving book that has made me make positive changes in my life, my attitude and my choices. Gets you thinking. YGT!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-2019

Self-told sad story with a few useful insights

this is a story about a very loss of the narrator. there are a few useful insights, but I would say most of the story isn't needed to illustrate the insights. It feels like the book is written by the narrator as part of the grievance process

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  • J K
  • 12-05-2019

Good

A book full of anecdotes, stories of adversity and ways to think about major life events. Ultimately this is about what normal life throws at you but doesn't give structured coping strategies (if that's what you want).

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-11-2018

A book on resilience and strength

To all who have lost a loved one, this book clearly describes the pain, hurt and sorrow so vividly using words we all feel but are unable to express in those moments. Yet, also with the same breath, we also get tips on how to cope, survive and live despite the pain. I can't say I finished feeling I had conquered the pain, but I realized I was not alone in this journey of living past loss.