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Quiet Audiobook

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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Why we think it's Essential - If you’ve ever felt guilty for wanting to stay home, instead of attending a party, or wish you could be more vocal and outgoing at work, this book is for you. Empowering and informative, Quiet is a revolutionary look at the power of introverts – and the strengths they contribute to society – through the lens of such unassuming leaders as Bill Gates and Rosa Parks. Narrator Kathe Mazur gets the pacing just right, leaving introverts and extroverts alike the time to listen and understand Cain’s power-packed gems. —Diana M.

Publisher's Summary

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the 20th century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts--from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert."

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

©2012 Susan Cain (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike." (Kirkus)

"Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.-" (Publishers Weekly)

"An intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are." (Booklist)

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    "A life-changing topic for introverts!"

    Thank you Susan Cain for speaking up about "Quiet." The narrator was excellent too!

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    Walter Kuriger Lewis Center, OH USA 02-17-16
    Walter Kuriger Lewis Center, OH USA 02-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great insight."

    Such a wonderful book. I am so glad this was a recommendation from Amazon. Truly enjoyed it.

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    Gravaman 02-15-16
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    "Introverts view of the world"

    Mazur delivers Cain's thoughts in in a soft introvert tone. "Quiet" is a wonder and well organized introduction to introvert personality traits. I can securely be myself with the support offered in this book. I can now empathize with my formerly irritating extrovert co workers and appreciate the strength of collaborating with them. Cain's work is a nice starting point for further exploration into myself.

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    lesley 02-14-16
    lesley 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Easily one of the best books I've ever read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Whether they're an introvert or an extrovert, there's something useful and inspiring for everybody in this book.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Even though this book technically falls under the self-improvement genre, it's not really self-improving at all, and I mean that in a good way. It seems like when most self-improvement books address the subject of introversion they act as if it's some kind of personality shortcoming, which is immediately followed with ways to overcome it and be more "sociable" and "outgoing". Quiet completely blows all of those books out of the water. It goes into great detail about what exactly introversion is and how it differs from its counterpart extroversion, and how it should not be confused with other traits like shyness or timidness. And that's it. No tips on overcoming it or eradicating it. Just what it is, its pros and cons, and stories of successful introverted people.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started listening to this book, I cried. No joke, really. All the memories from my childhood and adolescence in which family, friends, and even teachers made me feel guilty and ashamed of my solitude. I remembered when my mom used to call friends for me to arrange play dates I didn't want (well into my teens) and the agony of choosing groups and partners for activities in grade school (I was almost always the one without a group or partner).
    In retrospect, this book taught me that none of these people meant to hurt me at all. They were simply doing what they thought was best for me and would help me succeed in life. But thanks to this book I know better now that you don't have to be Tony Robbins to lead a successful and happy life, and so far I'm doing pretty ok.

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    John 02-10-16
    John 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Should definitely be required reading for teachers"

    I can think of many times in my school career that I or my teachers/counselors would have benefited from this book or others like it, not a lot of people understand introversion and it can lead to problems for some children(just like myself) while interacting with certain types of authority figures.
    As an introvert who has a hard time expressing myself and explaining introversion to others this book took a huge weight off of my mind. I could go on and on about how many things in here were true for me and others I know, but then this review would be almost as long as the book! If you're at all introverted or curious about introversion, I'd definitely recommend it.

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    Richard 02-07-16
    Richard 02-07-16 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader, but new to Audible.

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    What did you love best about Quiet?

    As an antrovert, I felt understood, but not catered to in a rah-rah sort of way. The book was well balanced in terms of extraversion; also, I learned a great deal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The research was solid, but the book was not dry because there were some personal stories mixed in.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of introverts out there in the world, but anyone could gain from reading this book. The narration was excellent.

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    A. Davis 02-05-16
    A. Davis 02-05-16
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    "thanks for teaching me about me"

    Love to learn that I don't have to be more extroverted. thanks for the introspection.

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    John Rockford 01-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Una alegoría a la introvercia."

    Me gustó, siendo introvertido me dio cierta tristeza. Da buenos tips para entender el comportamiento y sacarle provecho.

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    Heidi Ward 01-22-16
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    "Very Relatable"

    this book has helped understand myself more and others like me. It has given me a new perspective that being an introvert isn't bad its just different, while pushing myself to do something different as well.

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    Falme Lampkins 01-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Quiet Speaks Loudly"

    Excellent book! Now I understand myself a little better and appreciate the kind of person I am. This book is very informative for introverts, extroverts, students, teachers, parents, CEO'S and anyone else interested in understanding the people they work, play, and socialize with. This is a must read!

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