and I'd commit hari kari if it meant I had to sound as bland as the narrator of Quiet. Maybe I simply don't care for female narrators; I seldom like female radio personalities. I found the subject matter fascinating - well written and well researched, but I just could not listen for more than an hour at a time. The narrator's voice absolutely grated on my ears and I'd find myself trying to figure out why I disliked her voice and intonations but not hearing the book's contents! (I cannot multi-task.)
This is a book I would buy in book format if I were to do it again.
I heard Susan Cain speak at a conference and immediately knew the book would be valuable for both my job and in communicating with those around me. I highly recommend "Quiet" to both introverts and extroverts. It will open your mind.
I am a natural introvert. After listening to the book I feel that its OK to be an introvert. I don't have to push myself to an extrovert because extroverts are somehow 'better'. I am happier in my own skin.
Director of Adelante Mujer (advance woman) a non-profit giving full scholarships to young women in Nicaragua studying to become medical doctors. 100% of all contributions go to pay scholarship, books and one meal a day. Ten students are presently studying at URACAAN university just outside Puerto Cabazes Nicaragua.
Not recognizing that some introverts who so enjoy listening to others never feel any obligation to contribute.
Little lacking in understanding what it is like to, for instance, to drive 50 miles with someone who says nothing and is happy just sitting silent.
No, I have to admit I was very disappointed.
I had hoped to have a better understanding of introverts and I did not find the book helpful.
The author cited study after study that helped shed light on the way introverts fit in American society, which values extroverted behavior. She included interviews and even injected her own anecdotes as specific examples, creating a narrative that's very real and engaging. An introvert myself, this book was particularly eye-opening for me because it helped explain how idiosyncrasies I thought were flaws could actually be strengths.
Near the top
It confirmed much that I know about myself.
The facility to listen as I work around the house.
I have recommended the book to several people. I feel that this information could be valuable and instructive to parents and teachers, in particular. Finally, a book/study that celebrates the introvert! I plan to listen to it again, very soon.
No; you should purchase both..
Seven habits of highly effective people
Get alone and and read it twice.
Every one should study this book.
Every chapter is thought provoking and informative. The writing style is enjoyable and the narration is well matched. I feel like I just won a get-out-of-gatherings-and-smalltalk-free-card! I'm as justified in hating it as extroverts are in craving it. Of course this is despite the fact that all my extroverted friends (who never read) will still insist that I am anti-social and hate me for choosing home-alone over their party in the shallow end.
I think this book was written about me! I know that doesn't help whoever is reading this review, but I'm a textbook introvert. If you ever wonder why people don't like to socialize much, read this book. You'll have a better understanding about who they are.
When the author explains how socializing and small talk can be emotionally taxing. I often feel that way. It's almost painful for me to make small talk. I don't connect on a level of small talk.
Another point she brought up was how introverts seem to communicate better when able to write letters/e-mails than speaking face to face.
There are truly so many points she makes that I completely identified with that I can't even name them all. It's like she knew me for my entire life.
Before you judge ... something along those lines
Very informative book. I think it's a must read/listen. My family is all getting this for Christmas. This book completely explains me and my dad, our personalities. We're not anti-social, we just like our alone time.