Reading this book gave me a series of "Aha!" moments. How wonderful and comforting to realize that my introverted nature is a strength, and does not need to be counted a weakness.
I also found it fascinating to learn about the psychology and sociology around this topic.
Kathe Mazur did an excellent job of reading the text. Her voice is pleasant and captures the spirit of the writing.
Susan Cain took a great deal of care in identifying the history of extraversion in the U.S. She has also accumulated a great deal of research to identify the characteristics of introversion and the impact of the extraverted and introverted in society.
I had not heard Kathe Mazur previously.
It was interesting to think that the collapse of the financial markets in 2008 might have been impacted by the predominance of extraverts in leadership at financial institutions. The idea being that extraverts rather than introverts were more likely to be promoted to executive positions and that this hiring practice happened over the last 20+ years. Extraverts have a higher tolerance for risk and greater need for financial reward; therefore, they were more willing to take more risk in order to receive a greater reward. Eventually, these high risk decisions collapsed and the financial markets tumbled.
I appreciate Cain's call to rethink the ubiquitous practice of group work/brainstorming and to realize that the need for quiet and solitude in the workplace is essential for many workers.
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."
I didn't read the print version.
Non-fiction, so no real "characters."
She has a nice, clear voice and she projected an empathy with the material that made for a great listen.
Yes! I think it took me about two days to finish.
While I thought I had long since made peace with my introverted personality, I wound up liking and understanding myself a little better after finishing this book. It was sort of healing for me...an affirmation that it really is okay to loathe cocktail parties! As an introvert, we are always told something is "wrong" with our personalities...it was great to hear that there is so much that is "right" about us, too. A truly entertaining listen...especially important for extroverts seeking to understand their introverted children.
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 love learning about the universe and our place in it by listening to Audible.
An enjoyable read. The author puts herself in the story to good effect. You, the reader, will discover things about yourself that you probably weren't aware of. I recommend taking the introvert/extrovert quiz in the book at the 31:30 mark of the first chapter before you start reading the book. Also, if you don't know where you are on the sensitive/intuitive scale take a sensitive/intuitive quick assessment test you can find on the internet before you start reading the book. The will make those sections of the book all the more interesting.
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.
I'm a consummate extrovert, and my wife--and two daughters--are not. this helped me with them, and also at the hospital and medical school where I teach, on a variety of levels. If you find yourself dominating conversations and getting frustrated with people who don't answer you, this book might be very useful to give you insight into not only the people you work with, live with, and love, but into yourself, too.
when the book describes the emotional drain socializing puts on introverts.
Revealing and insightful
As a non-fiction work, characters are not the focus of the book, but Ms.Cain did a deft job of weaving together pieces of research with everyday observations.
Her performance as smooth... with a voice well matched the the subject matter.
There's a distinct difference between being quiet and shy.