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.
I would listen to it again, because it taught me a lot about myself and some of the people who I love the most in the world.
I liked the first person accounts of what it is like to be introverted. I also liked the forceful assertion that being introverted is not a disorder or some sort of "condition". It's just part of human nature and part of the ecosystem of personalities we all interact with every day.
When the author described her own experience of using her skills as an introvert to be a successful lawyer on Wall Street. It was very counter intuitive to me, but it made perfect sense.
I'm an introvert. When I finished the book, I wanted one on extroversion so I can better understand those I work with and how I can work better with them. Sure this book gives me a lot of that, but I want to understand the extrovert more.
After feeling devalued at work, this book was so affirming. It helped me to see what I bring to the workplace, and will help me rebuild my confidence.
I have read other books on the subject but appreciated Cain's information regarding the nueorological connection on introverted behaviors. I have already recommended Quiet to several of my friends and family.
Any introvert who feels swallowed up in today's eat or be eaten world will enjoy this refreshing work that underscores his/her value! My favourite sentence - "First answer is not necessarily best answer!!" Thank you.
I almost never read a book more than once, but I can see myself listening to at least the first half of this one again. The reason is simple. I learned a lot about myself throughout the first half of the book. Now that I have that knowledge, I might want to go back and revisit the information again so that I can look at it with a new mind.
Interestingly, I thought a lot about the book "How We Decide" as I was listening to "Quiet". They are not that similar, but both discuss how we think and use our own mechanisms to solve problems and live our lives fully. I had great "aha" moments during both books.
I saw the TED talk by the author of the book before I listened to it. The narrator for "Quite" reminds me of the author, so I felt as though I were really hearing the words directly from the author. She spoke with the same style and passion I heard from the author in the TED talk. That actually surprised and delighted me.
Honestly, the subtitle is one of the things that puts me off about the book, so I'm glad I already knew I wanted to read it before seeing the title. I think "The Power of Introverts" would be sufficient and accurate. I know how important it was for the author to impress upon extroverts that they impede progress, but the shortened subtitle would catch the fee of more readers. And it would be memorable. Right now I just think about "Quiet" and try to forget the subtitle that I can't remember anyway.
This is a must-read for managers who want to really help their teams flourish. I am a long-time manager, and I'm actually an ambivert, but some of my extroverted tendencies can squash the creative thinking of introverts. That became so clear to me in this book, and to be honest, it shocked me. I was not prepared for that. I consider myself to be a pretty open manager, but I was blind to how some of my actions could have the completely opposite affect on true introverts. All I can say is, "Wow, you just have to read it and think about it. You owe it to yourself and everyone you have any kind of relationship with."
If you are an introvert, you will greatly enjoy this book - and if you are an extrovert, you definitely should read it. The first half is charming, but the second is a bit repetitive. That prevents a top rating. But this is a good 3-star book.
I really enjoyed this book. Being and working with a lot of introverts it provided a lot of research based insights. I enjoy learning about the psychology behind personality. The Quiet is somewhat similar to The Sociopath Next Door (Unabridged). If you like to learn what makes people tic this is one for you.