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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking | [Susan Cain]

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

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.
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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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    If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

    A book full of introvert smartness


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The person talking is most probably not the smartest one in the room.


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    "Excellent and insigtful book"

    I had already read a substantial amount on cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and still found this book to be very informative and insightful. It enhanced my understanding of myself and others. The book also was well written, and the narrator contributed positively to the experience.

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    CeeMSee 02-01-13
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    "I'm an introvert"

    and I'd commit hari kari if it meant I had to sound as bland as the narrator of Quiet. Maybe I simply don't care for female narrators; I seldom like female radio personalities. I found the subject matter fascinating - well written and well researched, but I just could not listen for more than an hour at a time. The narrator's voice absolutely grated on my ears and I'd find myself trying to figure out why I disliked her voice and intonations but not hearing the book's contents! (I cannot multi-task.)
    This is a book I would buy in book format if I were to do it again.

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    Jamelyn West Lafayette, IN, United States 01-29-13
    Jamelyn West Lafayette, IN, United States 01-29-13
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    "Quiet speaks volumes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I heard Susan Cain speak at a conference and immediately knew the book would be valuable for both my job and in communicating with those around me. I highly recommend "Quiet" to both introverts and extroverts. It will open your mind.


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    Thomas Portlaoise, Ireland 01-29-13
    Thomas Portlaoise, Ireland 01-29-13 Member Since 2011

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    I am a natural introvert. After listening to the book I feel that its OK to be an introvert. I don't have to push myself to an extrovert because extroverts are somehow 'better'. I am happier in my own skin.

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    Amazon Customer Glendale, AZ, United States 01-22-13
    Amazon Customer Glendale, AZ, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Director of Adelante Mujer (advance woman) a non-profit giving full scholarships to young women in Nicaragua studying to become medical doctors. 100% of all contributions go to pay scholarship, books and one meal a day. Ten students are presently studying at URACAAN university just outside Puerto Cabazes Nicaragua.

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    Would you try another book from Susan Cain and/or Kathe Mazur?

    No


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Not recognizing that some introverts who so enjoy listening to others never feel any obligation to contribute.
    Little lacking in understanding what it is like to, for instance, to drive 50 miles with someone who says nothing and is happy just sitting silent.


    What three words best describe Kathe Mazur’s voice?

    Judgmental
    One sided


    Was Quiet worth the listening time?

    No, I have to admit I was very disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I had hoped to have a better understanding of introverts and I did not find the book helpful.

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    Kimberly GREEN BAY, WI, United States 01-21-13
    Kimberly GREEN BAY, WI, United States 01-21-13
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    "A must read for introverts and extroverted leaders"

    The author cited study after study that helped shed light on the way introverts fit in American society, which values extroverted behavior. She included interviews and even injected her own anecdotes as specific examples, creating a narrative that's very real and engaging. An introvert myself, this book was particularly eye-opening for me because it helped explain how idiosyncrasies I thought were flaws could actually be strengths.

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    Kathi 01-16-13
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    Where does Quiet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It confirmed much that I know about myself.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The facility to listen as I work around the house.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended the book to several people. I feel that this information could be valuable and instructive to parents and teachers, in particular. Finally, a book/study that celebrates the introvert! I plan to listen to it again, very soon.

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    RITU 01-16-13
    RITU 01-16-13

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    "A Really Thought Provoking Book"

    The book was well written and well narrated. Whether you are an extrovert or introvert, it is worth reading.

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    charles Arlington, VA, United States 01-14-13
    charles Arlington, VA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Useful for those who are Willing to look in side."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    No; you should purchase both..


    What other book might you compare Quiet to and why?

    Seven habits of highly effective people


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathe Mazur?

    Yes


    If you could give Quiet a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Get alone and and read it twice.


    Any additional comments?

    Every one should study this book.

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