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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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    "very informative and helpful"

    This book was extremely helpful in understanding myself and my wife. Some of the examples were like Susan Cain had observed interactions in my home and put them down on paper.

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    Kindle Customer Cincinnati, OH 05-15-15
    Kindle Customer Cincinnati, OH 05-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "In a single word: intriguing"

    This book was awesome, learning about the various personality types and the strength of introspection, it was also extremely well referenced and researched.

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    Kimberly Hartung 05-14-15
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    "Interesting and valuable insights. Well done."

    Interesting and valuable insights. Well done. I've recommended to teachers, parents and healthcare, and it rang true, especially the second portion of the book.

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    Kristian Vo 05-11-15
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    Seems based mostly on proper academic research and reports of validated scientific experiments by professionals. I can highly recommend this to those out there tired of self-help books based more or less on mere subjective observations and unsuported and untested assumptions and hypotheses.
    I have longed for a book to explore this subject and this is a wonderful beginning.

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    "Revolutionary - masterfully researched - engaging "

    This has forever changed the way I view myself and those around me. I have recommended this book widely. Great narrator.

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    A. Maddox 05-10-15
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    "There is more to being an introvert"

    Susan explains the cultural expectations of personality. She explains well how to get past it, with all cultures. That there is no one type or answer.

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    Nick 05-06-15
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    "Great read"

    This book helped me recognize who I am in a very specific light. It showed me meaning to why I thought aspects of my personality were flawed, and how they actually are a great thing. I would definitely recommend this book to introverts and extroverts

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    Dylan 05-05-15
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    loved this book. I now understand more than ever the unique power of of being an introvert.

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    Mallory S. 05-03-15
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    great life changing book for introverts. it helps you understand yourself much better and survive in an extroverted world

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    "Much more than I imagined!"

    At first I though it would just repeat the idea of "introverts ain't bad!" over and over, but it actually went pretty deep about research and what it means to be an introvert, what traits makes you one and how the line isn't so definite.

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