Option B

  • by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
  • Narrated by Elisa Donovan
  • 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Sunlight and Shadows

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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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-04-2017
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks