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: 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.
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 -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

4.3 (4220 )
5 star
 (2189)
4 star
 (1333)
3 star
 (512)
2 star
 (105)
1 star
 (81)
Overall
4.3 (3618 )
5 star
 (1896)
4 star
 (1097)
3 star
 (461)
2 star
 (99)
1 star
 (65)
Story
4.3 (3642 )
5 star
 (1850)
4 star
 (1225)
3 star
 (432)
2 star
 (79)
1 star
 (56)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Cynthia United States 06-09-12
    Cynthia United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Justification for Introverts"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    I have a long commute to work, so I listen to audio books as a way to indulge my periodic craving for books while maintaining the ability to drive. Because of this, I have not actually read the print version so am not in a position to compare.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quiet?

    Discovering someone willing to stand up and say it's OKAY to be an introvert!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular "scene". That's not the right word. Rather, the insightful way the author explains how well extroverts and introverts can compliment each other without extroverts pressuring introverts to change their core personalities.


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

    No extreme reaction, but a sense of relief there are other people like me who are comfortable being the introverts we are and feel we can live among our more extroverted neighbors without actually having to become one!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book detailing the fundamental differences between two distinct personality types.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    River Holmes-miller Fort Collins, CO 05-27-12
    River Holmes-miller Fort Collins, CO 05-27-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Introverts Finally Have Their Say!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Non-fiction, so no real "characters."


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    She has a nice, clear voice and she projected an empathy with the material that made for a great listen.


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

    Yes! I think it took me about two days to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    While I thought I had long since made peace with my introverted personality, I wound up liking and understanding myself a little better after finishing this book. It was sort of healing for me...an affirmation that it really is okay to loathe cocktail parties! As an introvert, we are always told something is "wrong" with our personalities...it was great to hear that there is so much that is "right" about us, too. A truly entertaining listen...especially important for extroverts seeking to understand their introverted children.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lance 05-07-12
    Lance 05-07-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    77
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Introversion isn't a sin!?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    In today's extroverted world, it's nice to hear someone say introversion isn't a "...horrible problem that you need to overcome". It's nice to hear that introversion can actually be an asset to society. It's nice to hear someone point out that the introvert in engineering, who invents and designs products, actually brings value to the company.


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Her reading is nice, but nothing spectacular, but if I have to answer this question, I would have to say "relaxed eyes", since I could close my eyes and just listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deborah Landauer 05-06-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A must read."
    What did you love best about Quiet?

    The information presented in Quiet is so important for parents, teachers, business men and women, everyone! I only wish I had been able to read this when my own children were young.Reading this book will give you insight into yourself and others, make you more effective at work and in relationships, and make you a more compassionate, even happier, person, because you will have a greater understanding of why people are the way they are and how to take advantage of and love your natural inclinations.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol 05-05-12
    Carol 05-05-12 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books while I walk my dog, turning even the dreariest rain and cold into a wonderful escape.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well-researched and eye-opening"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who is open to a fresh perspective introverts and how they fit (and don't fit) in to modern business culture and the educational system that feeds it. You'll find yourself picturing specific friends and colleagues as you listen, and appreciate them even more.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    This book was extremely well-researched and thoroughly documented. Sometimes the author's background as a lawyer lead to overkill with the evidence, and she probably could have cut several chapters and made the same point. But overall it was a very well-argued and well-supported book, and despite the repetitive nature of the points she was making, I listened all the way to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    Kathe Mazur's reading was superb.


    Did Quiet inspire you to do anything?

    Quiet inspired me to think differently, about my naturally quiet and introverted friends - and about myself.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    M Road 456, Bahrain 04-28-12
    M Road 456, Bahrain 04-28-12 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Eye opening to introverts who feel out-of-place"
    Would you listen to Quiet again? Why?

    Yes, from the very first opening lines it got me. As an introvert I always felt out-of-place, especially at the new corporate world where louder folks seem to move up faster. This gave me an insight and a better understanding of myself... heck, I'm not the only one.

    Plus, it relates it to culture and what things introverts tend to be better suited for. The best part is collecting a few tips to help deal with things in a loud office, I'm still trying to implement these.
    All in all, it gave me a new confidence knowing there's nothing wrong with me and how I need to shift my habits rather than trying to change everything about it to fit into the extrovert ideal.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Akron, OH, United States 04-26-12
    Michael Akron, OH, United States 04-26-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Book - I learned a lot about myself"
    If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

    Introverts, BE YOURSELF!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book tackled the concept of introversion from all angles. It celebrated the value of introversion and called attention to a tremendous societal bias that devalues introversion.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The concept that stimulation exhausts us in the wrong amounts based on our level of introversion. This explained a lot for me.


    Any additional comments?

    There are serious implications to how we view and interact with various personality types in all areas of our lives. That makes this book a must read for any and everybody.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ann Diggins Henderson, NV United States 04-26-12
    Ann Diggins Henderson, NV United States 04-26-12

    Tyler Durden

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gets you thinking in new ways"
    Would you listen to Quiet again? Why?

    Great and interesting ideas.


    What other book might you compare Quiet to and why?

    Malcolm Gladwell's Blink


    Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was one of my favorite performances - her pitch and voice were perfect for the subject.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I can stop feeling weird that I'm uncomfortable at cocktail parties!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S. Olsen 04-17-12
    S. Olsen 04-17-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    323
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very insightful"
    Any additional comments?

    This book connected with me and I am guessing with many on this site. All those that would be just as happy staying home and reading a good book as attending a great party. In a world that favors the extrovert it was refreshing to outline the strengths of the introvert. Good research, well written, nicely read and recommended to all those that might feel inclined to apologize for being introverted or for having a spouse, child or coworker that falls in that category.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 04-16-12
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well researched, interesting, and outstanding!"

    I learned about the psychological trait of Introversion about 18 years ago. The author, a lawyer by trade, did excellent research on this subject and presented it in an interesting format. Overall the book is outstanding and I've recommended it to quite a number of others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 261-270 of 287 results PREVIOUS126272829NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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.