I read nonfiction to gain better understanding of topics on which I have little understanding. I did not know much about what makes introverts they introverts that they are. I have always believed that somehow I was a flawed extovert. I gained insight into two introverts I love and an understanding that I might not be an extrovert myself after all. I now understand the introvert perspective and have gained a better appreciation for their secret/silent strenghts.
The work was scholarly and thoughtful. It is definitely not a pop psychology piece. The sited studies added credibility. The author did a great job of fusing ancedotes and research studies. I will be ordering several hard copy versions to give as gifts as signs of appreciation to a several introverts who are dear to me.
I would recommend this book to all of my friends and a good many other "acquaintances"! It illuminated and validated many life experiences both for myself and the actions/reactions of others. It is validation for the introvert and understanding for the extrovert. Taken together all relationships (family, spouses, partners, colleagues, and even competitors) can benefit from the knowledge. Harmony and productivity should be the reward.
Strangely, I would compare Quiet to a good work of fiction; you know, one of the ones you get home and sit in the car listening for another 30 minutes because it's hard to stop. Though non-fiction, Quiet has no fluff or superfluous material. Though covering many scientific studies, study material is clearly described and never bores.
Kathe Mazur's reading of Quite is very easy to listen to. Her voice and vocal inflections are perfectly matched to the content. She is easily understood and her voice is pleasant to listen to, but in a way that helps maintain your attention to the material. Excellent non-fiction reader!
Into the looking glass?
Best nonfiction I've listened to, hands down.
I started reading the print edition while listening to it to see if I was missing anything in the audio version. I found that I wasn't so I switched to audio only. When I needed to process some information presented I would stop the audio, sometimes play it back a minute or two and then continue listening. The narration was very good.
Chapter headings set the stage for what was going to follow. There was a lot to think about in this book. It helped me realize what challenges are faced by both introverts and extraverts in the workplace.
The author's recap of ideas presented in the book really helped me review the information that had been presented. Since I listed to this over a two month period, that was very helpful to me.
I love that the book seems to touch on every aspect of how I have felt all my life. I started out as a very shy quiet girl who was too afraid to speak up for fear of being made fun of. Although I have gotten over my shyness, I am still 100% an introvert. I love my quiet time and when I can't get that, I have a tendency to be in a very bad mood. I can go hours without talking to someone and that is perfectly fine with me! The only difference now is, I know that I am not the only person like this. After listening to this book, I now realize that in order for me to "recharge", I need to step away from people and activities. I was doing this before but not nearly as often as I need to. Now I know that it is vital for my sanity to allow myself the space I need and to not feel guilty about it.
I loved hearing about Rosa Parks. We are only taught that she said "no" to the bus driver. We are never introduced to her in a way that shares what she was like in person. This made me truly appreciative of what she did and the courage it took to stand up for something so basic but so important in a time where doing so could have gotten her killed. She is/was an awesome woman and knowing that she was an introvert makes this piece of history even more amazing.
The most interesting thing that I realized from reading this book is that I in following my instincts in regards to certain areas of my life probably saved my sanity. I purposely moved away from my family due to the chaos my sister was causing. In a way, I felt guilty but in other ways felt I didn't have a choice. Now I understand why it was easy for me to make the choice and how important it was for me at that time in my life.
I looked for more books by Susan Cain and was hoping to find something that further explored this topic. I am hoping that at some point she does another book. I would love to hear and explore this topic more.
The author makes many important points about the importance of introverts in our society and does it in a methodicaly yet entertaining and engaging way. She draws on many examples from a variety of contexts - family, work, government, etc - where the inclusion rather than exclusion of introvert perspectives is critical. Great work, and well read by the narrator!
interesting, informative, worthwhile
None in particular--it's nonfiction. The entire book was well worth listening to.
The narrator had a pleasant voice, but it was a little too restrained. On the one hand, it was sort of appropriately quiet for a book on introverts, but it felt a little too on the nose for me.
Yes, it is a great book for both introverts and extroverts to help understand why each react differently to the same situations.
This question doesn't really apply since this book is a work of non-fiction.
The narration fits with the premise in that it has a quiet intensity to it.
I liked listening to this book in chunks so that I could digest what I was learning, but you could listen to it all at once if you wanted.
This book is inspiring for anyone who considers themselves introverts, as well as for introverts and extroverts to understand each other better. The narrator is perfect for this book, emphasizing the right words to show differences in perception. The author offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an
introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert."This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts
and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.
Lots of very interesting information on being an Introvert and relating to one. Very affirming and useful and much of it I'd never encountered before. At the end, she offered too many suggestions for raising an Introvert child and that got tedious (I'm a parent and much of her wisdom wouldn't survive the reality of childhood and parenting -- but it sounds good on paper) and I didn't finish the book.
Introspective, Revealing, Great
The dead on accuracy of the book and it's descriptions of the types of introverts and their feelings toward the world and extroverts.
For the most part the narrator did a good job, some of the efforts to play on words and phrases were overblown and annoying, but all in all the narrator was good.