We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Quiet Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (8667 )
5 star
 (4928)
4 star
 (2572)
3 star
 (876)
2 star
 (173)
1 star
 (118)
Overall
4.4 (7441 )
5 star
 (4193)
4 star
 (2193)
3 star
 (791)
2 star
 (165)
1 star
 (99)
Story
4.4 (7486 )
5 star
 (4329)
4 star
 (2233)
3 star
 (701)
2 star
 (145)
1 star
 (78)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Megs 03-17-16
    Megs 03-17-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Quiet in many forms"

    I appreciated the various areas covers from child rearing to dating, first years of college and promotions at work. Very interesting compilation of findings shared and crafted into meaningful messages for any type of person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marzouqi 03-15-16
    Marzouqi 03-15-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Marvellous."

    This book has definitely changed me. It is a mind medicine for introverts. I definitely recommend this book to be read by everyone, including parents and school teachers who look after introvert children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonathan Hodges 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Spot on"

    This book enlightened me on so much history concerning personality and its influence on centuries of generations. It is a very affirming book with excellent verbalization on the cerebral world. Great insight and great delivery. I can easily recommend this to many of my closest friends and family!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ginger 03-13-16
    Ginger 03-13-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent!"

    This book is beautifully written and narrated. Gives such insight into the labels we have given people and how being "introverted" implies a bad thing instead of seeing it as an attribute. Interesting when we as a society started feeling the pressure to be outgoing, that being extroverted was considered good, and the why. Will re-listen to it one day, as it was so interesting. Gave me some insight into others personality traits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    brl 03-11-16
    brl 03-11-16

    brl_ddl

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "really enjoyed this information!"

    I related to so many things in this book, loved it. My wife and I learned a lot about each other's approach to things and to our kids. Highly recommended if you have an interest in learning about different ways of processing information and looking at the world. Useful for family relationships, but also in the corporate world or anywhere you work with other people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    bryan hill Newport Beach, CA 03-11-16
    bryan hill Newport Beach, CA 03-11-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "excellent book; highly recommended"

    excellent book; highly recommended for anyone who is an introvert or knows one. I found the stories in this book to be truly inspirational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ML Johnson 03-10-16
    ML Johnson 03-10-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very insightful"

    This is a very in depth look at introversion and how our society responds to it. We refer to it mostly as shy or quiet, and often misunderstand it as a weakness or setback. However, this book argues that it can very much be associated with a deep thinker that is well informed, well planned, and therefore, well prepared.

    The book uses many examples (scientific and anecdotal) of actions/traits of extroverts & introverts and how they are viewed as a strength or weakness. The very detailed statistics can get overwhelming, maybe bc I'm an introvert, but they help support the very in depth look at introverts and their obstacles in social interaction.

    Overall, it is a great read, and helped very much to get the reader to understand the "quiet" person

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Timerider Bishop, CA USA 03-03-16
    Timerider Bishop, CA USA 03-03-16 Member Since 2016

    Timerider

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wish I'd Read This Sooner!"

    For every person who never understood why other people threw big parties and seemed to enjoy them - THIS IS YOUR BOOK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deep Singh Toronto, Ontario 03-03-16
    Deep Singh Toronto, Ontario 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "perfect voice for introverted people"

    this book was great in me introspecting on my own nature. I also found that the narrator was excellent given the subject matter. while listen, I found myself in a "meditative zone". good work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    valorie Hendrix 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "for understanding the introvert in your life"

    I have struggled with the negative impact of being an introvert all my life. Being called shy, aloof, and passive. After listening to this, I am more positive on my personality and confident in what I am able to do. I suggest this to anyone who wants to understand any introvert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.