i don't usually like female narrators
they seem to lack vocal range and depth
kathe mazur is a real exception / she did a great job
we've known about introverts and extroverts for centuries
so some readers may ask, " is this book really necessary ? "
yes it is and our light, multi-faceted modern life makes it that way
america in the last 100 years has been steadily less kind to introverts
quiet, deliberate, meaning focused lives are no longer celebrated
social media and advertising and education only amplify the problem
so what's to be done ? how do we rectify the dilemma ?
susan cain's entertaining book begins to answer the problem
her academic and legal accomplishments help her define the issue
she quotes a multitude of modern psychologists to support her view
to listen to these educated americans you'd think they discovered the issue
i think we'd do well to listen instead to her chinese, british and biblical sources
this is an ancient and very basic issue of human nature
the success and pace of " the american century " ignored it
cultures that have endured adversity and reversals have much to teach us
the age of the exuberant american extrovert is coming to an end
our future will be more difficult and adversarial and counter intuitive
we'll need the insights and skills that only introverts bring to the table
I cannot comment I do not have the print version, albeit I would be glad to get the digital copy to my Kindle if your offering ;)
Her writing style is similar to Amanda Ripley. The book itself is like any well written book on physiology/sociology.
Easy to read and accurate inflections.
Well laugh at parts, though this book is not what I would consider classically comical.
This book is worth the money.
This book talked about races and how it compared in by the introversion (Asian) and extroversion (European/ Americans) but fails to mention the race we all came from... African. The idea she uses to state why Asians are introversion and Europeans are extroverted should mean Africans are exceeding introverted, but they are not as much as Asian so her idea on this one idea to me is flawed.
I love that the book seems to touch on every aspect of how I have felt all my life. I started out as a very shy quiet girl who was too afraid to speak up for fear of being made fun of. Although I have gotten over my shyness, I am still 100% an introvert. I love my quiet time and when I can't get that, I have a tendency to be in a very bad mood. I can go hours without talking to someone and that is perfectly fine with me! The only difference now is, I know that I am not the only person like this. After listening to this book, I now realize that in order for me to "recharge", I need to step away from people and activities. I was doing this before but not nearly as often as I need to. Now I know that it is vital for my sanity to allow myself the space I need and to not feel guilty about it.
I loved hearing about Rosa Parks. We are only taught that she said "no" to the bus driver. We are never introduced to her in a way that shares what she was like in person. This made me truly appreciative of what she did and the courage it took to stand up for something so basic but so important in a time where doing so could have gotten her killed. She is/was an awesome woman and knowing that she was an introvert makes this piece of history even more amazing.
The most interesting thing that I realized from reading this book is that I in following my instincts in regards to certain areas of my life probably saved my sanity. I purposely moved away from my family due to the chaos my sister was causing. In a way, I felt guilty but in other ways felt I didn't have a choice. Now I understand why it was easy for me to make the choice and how important it was for me at that time in my life.
I looked for more books by Susan Cain and was hoping to find something that further explored this topic. I am hoping that at some point she does another book. I would love to hear and explore this topic more.
The author makes many important points about the importance of introverts in our society and does it in a methodicaly yet entertaining and engaging way. She draws on many examples from a variety of contexts - family, work, government, etc - where the inclusion rather than exclusion of introvert perspectives is critical. Great work, and well read by the narrator!
The book started out great and was interesting. Unfortunately it then droned on and on with the usual psycho babble supported by Dr. so and so's experiment; and So and so's study that found...
I gave up listening with about an hour to go. I could not stay awake.
interesting, informative, worthwhile
None in particular--it's nonfiction. The entire book was well worth listening to.
The narrator had a pleasant voice, but it was a little too restrained. On the one hand, it was sort of appropriately quiet for a book on introverts, but it felt a little too on the nose for me.
Yes, it is a great book for both introverts and extroverts to help understand why each react differently to the same situations.
This question doesn't really apply since this book is a work of non-fiction.
The narration fits with the premise in that it has a quiet intensity to it.
I liked listening to this book in chunks so that I could digest what I was learning, but you could listen to it all at once if you wanted.
No, Kathe Mazur just put me to sleep. I have listened to many great audible titles and this is just not one of them.
She says the same thing over and over.
Kind of monotone,very difficult to stay tuned in. The only unread book in my library and I had to stop and listen to music instead.
Lots of very interesting information on being an Introvert and relating to one. Very affirming and useful and much of it I'd never encountered before. At the end, she offered too many suggestions for raising an Introvert child and that got tedious (I'm a parent and much of her wisdom wouldn't survive the reality of childhood and parenting -- but it sounds good on paper) and I didn't finish the book.
This was enlightening and engaging. I have already recommended it to several friends. She made what could have been very clinical research fascinating to hear about.