This was a wonderful book that I recommend for absolutely everyone! Introverts and extroverts alike. The introverts will gain much validation from Cain's wonderful stories and antecdotes from her own life as well as the subjects she writes about. The science behind her conclusions stacks up and likewise helps to explain to the introvert what they may not have realized was a common trait amongst their fellows. Extroverts will likely be more bored by the book, seeing as it is read in a calm and soothing voice and deals with subjects more cerebral than exciting :-) but this book will go a long way in helping to bridge the gap introverts and extroverts experience in their communication. I especially recommend this book for managers, teachers and others in charge of directing or teaching groups of people comprised of varying personality types. I especially enjoyed the exploration of the possible causes of the recent recession seen through the lens of personality and really appreciated the musings on group work, brainstorming, and open office plans versus more solitary methods of work. Practical and entertaining, this book was truly an enjoyable listen for me!
The author explores various aspects of the introvert experience in a society that champions the extrovert ideal. Also, the author offers advice on how to succeed in an extroverted society while remaining true to an individual's introverted nature.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!
Myself being an introvert, I was drawn to this book. I often wonder why I'm reluctant to speak up or why I feel uncomfortable in large group settings. The author (herself an introvert) does an excellent job of analyzing and deconstructing the behaviors and mind sets of introverts. So many times, during the book, I felt like I was reading exactly about myself and my own experiences.
The author goes into detail on how better to understand introverts and ways in which to use their strengths for greater success.
The few marks against the book is that there a few areas (very few) where the author seems a tad biased towards introverts (as opposed to extroverts), but overall this was an excellent read.
Highly recommended for like-minded introverts and people that want to better understand introverts (Perhaps parents of introverted children. Spouses of introverts.).
A valuable read for me as someone who is highly introverted. This book has allowed me to recognize the strengths I have as an introvert and shed some of the shame I have for my hesitation to extensive socializing.
The voice of the narrator is very fitting for this book. She is calm and gentle.
Quiet helped me understand my temperament and brace it. I was labeled a shy child and very sensitive. I am finally starting to make peace with who I am rather than being ashamed of myself. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for both introverts and extroverts!
Quiet is a wonderful book for looking deeper into the quality of introversion and understanding how it can be harnessed in our extroverted society. It is well written and researched touching on the lives of introverts and the characteristics of introversion in a holistic and meaningful way. It is an uplifting read for any introvert and a window into the life of being an introvert for extroverts.
Research seems spot on and I would recommend for anyone that every felt different and would rather be alone that not.
Only issue I had with it is that it focused a bit too much on introverts being shy and having trouble coping in groups. Not being assertive etc.
I think they many people will have the temperament but learned to adapt through life. I wonder if that means they're more of an ambivert?
The narrator had a pleasant voice and it was easy to understand while listening to her.
The book opened my mind to be more compassionate about different people behaviors.