For the introvert in me, this serves as a bit of self validation and somewhat of a manifesto. It is always nice to find some encouragement to find the power of the quiet 'in a world that can't stop talking'.
The only criticism I have is that the author did not set out to define the difference between introverts and extroverts. This gave her the convenience to use her data to support her point. But that's ok, this is not a scientific journal either.
The narration for this book is just perfect. I don't know if Kathe Mazur is a introvert or not. But in the passages when she was narrating the author in the first person... I have the perfect image of the author in the situation she was talking about. The soft-spoken, quiet assertiveness the narrator's voice is just perfect... exactly what the author was talking about!
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.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I simply loved this book! Finally, a voice in the wilderness speaking up for introverts, telling us we no longer have to apologize or feel bad about being "quiet". This book should be read by anyone who has felt they were deficient or "just not good enough" and have been labelled all their lives as "quiet" (certainly not a compliment, right?) It is interesting that so many folks feel perfectly free to call you "quiet" but how often do we tell someone that they are "loud". This book also has very interesting and relevant information for extroverts, and they would be wise to listen to it also.
Kathe Mazur's narration was perfection. Any time I have to keep reminding myself that the narrator is not the author, I know that they are doing a wonderful job. I would definitely seek out other books she has narrated.
Introvert or extrovert, do your self a favor and listen to this excellent book!
Yes, many times.
Thank you Susan Cain for taking the time to research and write this book. I now understand the introvert I married and the two introverts I bore. I will be forever grateful for the insight and appreciation the book brought to this lover of introverts.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
As a life long introvert I admit I never really thought about what that meant. How it affected my approach to life. What others expected of me and I expected of myself. This book made me think about my approach to the world and compare it to the approach of others. It was obvious that the author herself was an introvert. As she discussed the cringe-worthy events and institutions she attended as part of her research, a Tony Robbins seminar, Harvard Business School, Saddleback Church, I experienced the same discomfort, the same sense of knowing I was someplace I did not belong that she did. Positive, pumped excitable people tend to make my stomach queasy. But I was never sure why. I find myself ignoring someone who talks too much, at least for my taste. Since I don't want to hear every single thing they say, I don't listen to anything they say.
One of the most difficult concepts for people to grasp is "what does it mean to think differently?" We forget that two people may here the exact same words, live through the exact same experience, suffer the exact same tragedy or victory but interpret them in completely different ways. This book is about the people in the world who recognize on some level that they aren't wired the same as the outgoing, energetic, always pumped person they so often admire and their realization that this is OK.
Towards the end her definite preferences become a little more evident. But by and large she does a good job of presenting well rounded arguments that the world needs both extroverts and introverts in order to survive.
If you are an introvert this book will be comforting. If you are an extrovert, I won't say it is educational or that you will thoroughly enjoy it. But it is a rare opportunity for those that are always in the spotlight to step back and think about those that not only are not always in the spotlight, but have no desire to be there.
A lover of thrillers and enthralling stories told by dramatic and well read narrators.
The narrator. I understand that the book is about introverts, but did they have to give me someone that would put me to sleep to read it?!?
I wish the narrator could have put some more inflection into her voice. I felt it too breathy for a non-fiction title.
Just before I started this book, I finished reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People", the extrovert's credo. I liked the juxtaposition. Cain even talks at length about Dale Carnegie and the book.
The anecdotes were my favorite part. I felt that there was a lot of annoying "back patting" going on, especially since Cain admits she is a classic introvert. Was this book written to make herself feel better about her personality? That would reflect a classic trait of introverts - self-consciousness and paranoia. I also could have done without the last few sections of the book; the book turned into a self-help parenting book. I was more looking for an examination of introverts in an extrovert world, which is what I got at the beginning.
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.
Wow! Finally a compassionate soul with the courage to shout (figuratively) that being introverted is not a defect that requires treatment. Simply hearing someone else describe the trials introverts go through in this world, and knowing I do the same, was quite touching. The soft voice of the narrator was a perfect fit. Some original scholarly research would have gotten 5 stars out of me. Great work nonetheless.
Be prepared to relive negative childhood memories. I discovered that my parents are also introverts whose ability to fake being outgoing led them to pressure me to do the same.
As a person who loves to listen & think more than talk or act out I really liked this book. It was like looking in a mirror with someone supportive standing beside me pointing out all the great things we're seeing, rather than what needs to be fixed.
Well done Susan Cain & thank you!
The narrator was FANTASTIC! Just perfect for this material.