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Quiet Audiobook

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

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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)

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    "Very insightful!!!"

    Brought to the forefront, reasons and meanings for the way I feel and react to various situations I have encountered throughout my life. it also gave me some insight into how situations have affected who I am, and that I am not alone out there. Hopefully I can use this information to improve my life and relationships going forward.

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    Alex Vorobieff Orange County, Ca 08-06-16
    Alex Vorobieff Orange County, Ca 08-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    An introvert has shared her observations with the world and the world is better off for it. Thanks to the author for producing a page turner that will help many people's lives.

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    never knew so much about introversion, and I an so grateful that I do. my understanding of myself and my kid has boomed.

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    Buckeye Bear Columbus, OH 08-02-16
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    "Was recommended, and glad I listened"

    I decided to look into Quiet after having heard more than one business leader/entrepreneur recommend it. As some one who has seemed to be a natural introvert but always sought positions and careers where extroversion was a much more sought after, and perhaps appropriate trait, this book has truly helped me to find more comfort in my natural tendencies. By comfort, I mean that I can still communicate clearly and affectively, without overdoing my professional, extroverted alter-ego. The fact that Susan bases most of the book on interviews, and studies really makes this a great book with real world application. It has also shifted my long-term outlook, as I have reconsidered whether I am seeking career roles that I think I should want, versus ones I actually want and can thrive in. I also recommended this to sales coaches and company executives that I work with since so much of the info Susan provides is applicable to almost any work environment.

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    Guillermo Arias Mexico City 07-26-16
    Guillermo Arias Mexico City 07-26-16 Member Since 2015

    "In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people." André Maurois

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    "Genial"

    La manera como desarrolla la personalidad de los introvertidos es genial. Gracias y si recomiendo.

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    Daniel Kutka 07-24-16
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    "very helpful helping me understand who i am"

    this book has been such a big help. as a introvert ive been seeking a book like this. a friend had recommend this book to me and I could be happier. i have been unable to put the book down
    it helped me understand more of what it means to be introvert regardless if you are one or not

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    KristinM2 07-23-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    As an introvert, I really learned to appreciate and understand myself better, as well as extroverts. Also, this is the best narrator I've heard on Audible.

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    K&I 07-21-16
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    "Reaffirming and Enlightening"

    Like many, I have spent most of my life believing that my introverted traits made me broken. I have excelled in areas at work only to receive bonuses with the explanation "you are doing it all wrong, but keep it up because you continue to beat all sales records." I have been written up for my soft spoken demeanor and passed up for promotions for not being outgoing enough. As a child, I was grounded from reading as a punishment for not socializing. As an adult, I am tired of feeling like something is wrong with me even when I get it right because I did it differently. More importantly, I want to empower my children in their temperaments and embrace their strengths. This book has left me feeling empowered to be a better advocate for myself and for my children.

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    Ashley 07-15-16
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    "very insightful!!"

    this book covers the concepts of introversion and extroversion very well and the impact our society has on young minds as they develop and grow into adulthood. it has helped me feel more comfortable with my own temperament and social habits. definitely would recommend this book!!!

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    the beginning was interesting enough at first but by the end it became a book on relationship advice and I had to struggle to finish it.

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