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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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    Jeanilee 03-27-16
    Jeanilee 03-27-16
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    "Great read!"

    This was is a great book. I am an extremely shy introvert and after reading this book I have learned not to hate the way I am like I have for so long, but to embrace it.

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    Bernadine Lavin 03-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Quiet is Powerfully Informative"

    This book helped me understand after 50+ years on the planet why I prefer my own company most of the time.
    This is a must read for every parent.

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    Mike V 03-22-16
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    "Horrible book. Don't waste your time."

    So repetitive and boring. I would never recommend this to my worst enemy. Or maybe that I would do.

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    Niranjana 03-21-16
    Niranjana 03-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "it changed my life"

    the book made me accept my character and liking. I used to be ashamed of my traits. now I am proud of myself

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    Christine 03-21-16
    Christine 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Was recommended this by a friend... Was not disappointed!"

    I am a self proclaimed introvert. I enjoy my alone time and find self in my writing. But many whom I work with find it difficult to swallow that I am introverted. This book helped me understand my self a bit more when I describes many introverts can be publicly extroverts and choose to go home and enjoy alone time. I spend several minutes in the morning before work pumping my self up, telling my self that the sooner I get started the sooner I can go home. Once home I immediately change get my self some tea and fall in to a relaxing chair with my love and our 3 dogs. This to me is heaven. I have recommended this book to most I know because it is a true reflection of people and can explain the many why's we have about ourselves and others!

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    Justin 03-21-16
    Justin 03-21-16
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    "Truly Enlightening"

    Loved it! It gave me insight on my introverted self I desperately needed. A must read for everyone.

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    Conewago 03-21-16
    Conewago 03-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Know yourself. Know others."
    Where does Quiet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the moment, it's top of the list.

    Susan Cain helps me better understand myself, an introvert, and to better understand those around me who are extraverted. (Two for the price of one!)

    I have a background in social science, with some psychology and her writing rings true. It is based on research, which she then shapes into a very readable narrative. She helped me understand the foundational reasons behind why some of us tend to be extraverted while others are more introverted, how those reasons manifest themselves in our personalities, and ways of interacting with each other that helps those interactions go smoother. Although I already have some knowledge of the topic, I learned a lot.

    While it is based on current scientific knowledge and theories of our personality types, she keeps it grounded in the practical.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As an introvert with a several decades of exposure to life's experiences, I don't have too many extreme reactions anymore. :) I will say that, as a result of this book, I decided to "be myself" more frequently to accomodate my preferences and better manage my energy. Susan Cain explains that it's not simply interaction with others that introverts find exhausting, it's over-stimulation. Now I know why cities, conferences, or expos tire me. So, when I'm in stimulating environments I Iook for quiet times to chill by stepping outside for a moment, by letting others chatter on without feeling the need to mirror their ebullience, or by simply finding a quiet spot to observe for a while. Thanks Susan.


    Any additional comments?

    Whichever you are, introverted or extraverted, I think you'll understand yourself and those around you better than you do now. She gives clear advice for living with spouses, children, siblings, co-workers, and so on.

    I strongly recommend this book.

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    ChrisM. 03-19-16
    ChrisM. 03-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth a listen"

    Quiet provides a lot of good information about the topic of introvert vs. extrovert and is told in a way that is very relatable. The only downside to this book is it can be very repetitive and you get a sense of the book by the time you're 3/4 of the way done.

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    Diana Lyons Specht Walnut Creek, CA, US 03-17-16
    Diana Lyons Specht Walnut Creek, CA, US 03-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Greatly Improved my Self-esteem!"

    I'm an extreme introvert, so this book did me so much good explaining the difference between the extrovert and the introvert and describing the pros and cons of each personality type. I now feel less ashamed of needing alone-time to recover from any social interaction. Highly recommended for the many introverts among us readers!

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    Megs 03-17-16
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    "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.

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