The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur.
In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.
©2013 Susan Cain (P)2013 Penguin Books Ltd
This is a book written by a smart woman who has done her academic due diligence. However there are enough personal anecdotes, humour and heart that she gets the balance right so it isn't dry.
The narration is a let down with inconsistent tone and editing but it does not detract too bad
Using the audio edition meant that I could have the programme running more than I would be if I were reading. However, when using audio, it is much more complicated to turn back/go back to something that is referred to in an earlier chapter.
I think that the listener/reader will have to choose according to their personal situation.
There is no story - this is a book about psychology.
I thought that she read very well. Her voice was clear, her pauses were enough to allow me to absorb the information.
This could only be made into a documentary and as such it would be terrific with the name and tag line that it already has.
I think everyone should read this, especially anyone who works in or with teams of any sort.
Perceptive, compassionate, brilliant.
I loved this book. It made me look at myself and many other people I know in an entirely different light.
I haven't listened to any other of Kathe Mazur's performances.
I did shed a tear or two, especially when the author wrote about her grandfather and people like him. People who achieve great and noble things in a self-effacing and humble manner.
Everyone should read it - there are just so many introverts in the world whose great qualities are not nurtured or valued.
"Thought provoking A+"
Ever since I learnt what an introvert was I knew I was one, but used to wonder how I thrived as well as I did in social situations at times. Susan Cain not only shed light on this concept but on so many things in this title. With an excellent combination of thought provoking narrative, uplifting message and downright honest truth I would suggest "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain to anyone.
The title itself is so well done I would propose anyone to listen this title if they want to in any way understand introversion (if they don't already and even if you do there is so much more that can be learned from this title). Susan Cain's case studies leaves you (provided you are an introvert) feeling so... understood which in the world of an introvert can be a rare occurrence. I grew up in a household filled with extroverts or persons far more of extroverted than myself and this title does a good job of explaining what I had experienced as well as provide some tips on how to essentially survive. I have learned so much from what this title has said I am completely bowled over! I wish I could give this aspect of the rating 10 stars instead of just 5!
This can be one of those books that get you to change your very mindset. As an extrovert I would assume it would help you to appreciate and value introverts more and also be a bit more aware of how to deal with the introverts in your life. As an introvert personally the book served to simply inspire me and make me feel downright proud to be an introvert with quirks and all! Truly an amazing book!
"At last! Introverts speak up against "groupthink""
This book gave me many, many moments of recognition. As Susan Cain points out in "Quiet", we live in an extrovert (often spelled extrAvert!) dominated culture, where being a gregarious, articulate "team-player" is seen as healthy, while preferring quiet, solitude, and having a rich interior life makes you a wallflower and a party pooper. This is "The New Groupthink", a prejudice which infects our education system, recruitment, employment practices, social life, mental health, indeed almost every aspect of Western culture. (Google "New Groupthink" for an excellent article by SC in the NY Times). Yet, new evidence cited in the book shows that we are more creative on our own, than working in teams. Einstein, Newton and Darwin were all introverts working alone. Brainstorming is a typical example of the myth of group creativity - it is less effective at generating new ideas than solitary individuals. Yet, institutions from the Evangelical Church to the Harvard Business School strongly select for extroversion, preferring confident talkers to the thoughtful wisdom of their more reticent introverted colleagues. However, the message of the book is positive. It is that extroverts and introverts need each other in order to thrive - a beautiful symbiosis, frustrated only by our failure to appreciate each others differing needs for sociability or solitude. Of course, we can adapt, if important to us, and the book outlines ways we do this such as "situated traits" theory, but it is always something of a strain. Finally, the book offers some sound advice for us 30-50% of the population who are introverts, as well as the spouses, bosses and parents of introverts, to play to their strengths, rather than try to change them. It's like being left handed used to be. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, this book does much to expose one of the most under-appreciated prejudices of our culture "The New Groupthink". Well narrated, it is an enjoyable book everyone should read.
"Insightful - a whole new perspective"
This book left me feeling deeply grateful to have found it. Such was the indoctrination in my life that introverts have something wrong with them that, as an introvert, I just accepted this view as fact! So the message of this book - that introversion is a valid and valuable way of being - came as a relief to say the least. I feel calm, liberated, validated and respected having read this book.
This book is a wonderful gift for all introverts who may even feel ashamed of their personality type! Read it and weep for joy!
Kathe Mazur's narration was excellent: enjoyable, warm and tuned for the subject.
And if you are the author reading this: from my heart, thank you!
Before reading 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" I knew of differing temperaments, and that I was definitely at the introverted side of the spectrum. However I always felt these traits - such as needing time to myself, wanting to work where I can quietly sit and think, and preferring nights in with my boyfriend rather than out in crowded London bars - were undesirable, or that they meant I was boring, or would maybe mean I wasn't capable of achieving my career ambitions. However this book opened my eyes to a new world, that introversion, persistently depicted as defective in some way in the workplace and social world, is in actual fact advantageous - not just merely 'acceptable' but highly conducive if embraced.
For years I have attempted to quell my easily overly stimulated and sensitive mind and body, and natural instinct to observe others at social gatherings rather than speak out or to take the limelight. Reading this book has uncovered for me how I have been 'acting up' as an extrovert, in order to feel accepted among my colleagues and superiors, and in social circles that are times imposed on us. Susan Cain's narrative explains in fascinating detail longitudinal studies in the neuroscience and psychology field, that illustrate how introversion, as a temperamental characteristic, is found from birth and carries through to adulthood; she skillfully links such research to reveal that successful historical and current figures, were/are in fact introverts.
The author discusses that adapting introverted behaviour in certain situations when this fits with our values and interests is unlikely to be stressful; however when introverts are placed in an extroverts terriority this is over-stimulating and potentially distressing. Reading this book has in effect given me permission to embrace my introverted temperament, and fundamentally accept myself as me, and not conforming to what society portrays as the 'extrovert ideal'. Liberating.
This book has a mixture of theory and practice. She explains how it is ok to be introverted and it isn't the same thing as shy and she gives some great examples from her own experiences in life. I loved the part about her attending a Tony Robbins workshop and her response to what was going on around her, it was full of humour.
I think it helped me understand how introverts are perceived by the non introvert population. If you are an introvert this book can help you to understand why you don't always get the responses you would expect to. If you are an extravert, it helps you understand what is going on in the mind of the introvert you are interacting with. It also gives permission for introverts to stay as they are or if you prefer to make changes, it points the way to some behavioural adaptations that you may choose to make without any pressure.
"Really well written book, well narrated"
This is a really well written, thoroughly researched and well thought-out book, would be suitable for anyone especially those who are interested in the western and eastern cultural personality differences. I learned more about myself, my business partners and Asian investors after reading this book. I can't recommend it enough.
Just buy it.
Very pleasantly pleased with this audio book. Very good narration. Kept my attention throughout and offered a very insightful look at both introverts & extroverts, and helps highlight the thought methods of both types. Found it very interesting, a very neutral book, showing the possibilities and limitations of both personality types. A must listen
"Responsible and mature but doesn't talk enough in class" was the gist of my reports all the way through school. I'm exactly the type of person Susan Cain discusses in Quiet and it has been a great pleasure to hear my temperament justified in the audio version of the book. In fact, so much so that starting to speak with the phrase "Susan Cain says" is beginning to be greeted with raised eyebrows! I hadn't been aware of the transition of societal emphasis from character to personality but many of the factors described are so true to my experience, particularly at work where my plummeting concentration levels coincided with my former tranquil 2-person office becoming a loud 11-person space. The neurological analyses were very interesting as I discovered why I react in certain ways and that I don't need to apologise for it - there's nowt wrong with me! Quiet does have a strong American bias some references are obscure but enough British culture is similar that the topics featured are relevant. Fascinating.
"Very thorough and thought-provoking"
Very interesting and well-constructed.
The author seems to have a point to make, saying that her introversion was misunderstood as a child, and this book is an explanation of introversion and its strengths. Occasionally I think this compromises her objectivity. E.g. she refers to the great works of introverts such as Newton, Einstein and Shakespeare but confuses "without these introverts we wouldn't have their works" (true) with "without their introversion we wouldn't have their works" (no justification given).
Another example is where she cites the correlation in violinists between success and propensity to practice alone, and presents this as evidence that ALL skills are best practised alone without considering that there might be something about music practice which means even extroverts must do it alone: You can't practise Abide With Me on the violin while the trombonist is practising Jingle Bells next to you. Did she consult a study of people practising arm-wrestling? She also says that in the West our proverbs show how we are overly fond of talking and refers to some obscure quotes such as "speech is civilisation itself" but selectively omits the commonplace "silence is golden".
But she goes on to cite many very interesting, very relevant, and very persuasive studies and makes a powerful case for how Western society overlooks the strengths of introverts, and relates this to issues within education, business, relationships and democracy. The book is extremely well researched and really opened my eyes. Even the more anecdotal information helps the author describe the culture we live in and sets the scene for the well researched information she then gives. And the references to her own experiences as an introvert adds a personal touch which stops it becoming too dry.
All in all, a very thought-provoking book. I wish I'd read it a long time ago.
I have read a lot of self-help books, and none has ever moved me like this book. After reading it I feel that having an introvert personality is no longer some terrible defect I need to overcome. I used to think I was good at my job *despite* my quiet nature, but after this book I realise my success was due to what the author describes as "soft power" or "quiet persistence", a quality typical of introverts. Reading this book has reframed the way I think about my career and my life in a much more positive light. It's a book that I will read over and over again, as part of a short list of books that make me feel good about myself. This is a life-changing book for me - now instead of wasting energy trying to deny my quiet nature or wish it away, I will accept it and be grateful for the strengths that it gives me :-)
I loved the narrator's soft, soothing voice. I am currently also listening to a book about selling and it sounds like it's being read by a loud brash salesman. I can't listen to it for more than 20 minutes at a time, and I feel agitated afterwards. Whereas this book I could listen to for hours.
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