Quiet Power

The Secret Strengths of Introverts
Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

Experience the book that started the quiet revolution.   

“A smart, lively book about the value of silence and solitude.” (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness)

Named one of the best books of the year by:

  • People 
  • O: The Oprah Magazine
  • Christian Science Monitor 
  • Inc.
  • Library Journal
  • Kirkus Reviews  

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts — Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak — that we owe many of the great contributions to society.   

In Quiet Power, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the 20th century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also 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. 

Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet Power has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

©2016 Susan Cain, Gregory Mone, Erica Moroz (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

People Top 10 Book of 2012

O, The Oprah Magazine 10 Favorite Books of 2012

Christian Science Monitor Best Books of 2012

"An important book that should embolden anyone who's ever been told, 'Speak up!'" (People)

"Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts... Quiet should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way. It should be required reading for introverts (or their parents) who could use a boost to their self-esteem." (Fortune.com)

"An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike." (Kirkus, starred review)

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THIS BOOK IS FOR TEENS

Susan Cain remains one of the single best authorities on introverts, but the publisher's description omits a critical piece of information: this book is written for teenagers. If you're one of those extroverted parents who doesn't get why their quiet kid is the way they are, you should read it too. For everyone else, pick up Susan's first book, Quiet, which has a lot more in it for grownups.

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Thank you! Now I get it!

Bought book to help my quiet 7 year old and realized this book will help me too. I grew up hearing "speak louder" "is she mute?". As I got older I pretended to be an extrovert to feel like I was "better" and I was trying to make my quiet boy more extrovert so he wouldn't struggle like I did, now I realize there is nothing"wrong " with us.

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It worked for me and will work for my daughter

I'm one of those very introverted who grew up in a big, festive and noisy family where extroversion was rewarded. It was not fun.
Now, my daughter is even more introverted than me.
This marvelous book helped me understand that there was nothing wrong with me, and will help my daughter realize how great is the way she is and how much potential she has.

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awesome!!!!

i needed this book in school so badly. i now i know why i feel this way. great narration and the content incredible. thank you Susan Cain thank you so much.

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Amazing

loved every bit of this book. It hit home on every level. # Quiet Power.

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Self Help Book for Shy Teens

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As an adult, I got little out of this book. Seems beneficial for the shy teenager trying to make friends. Just seemed to be example after example of "when this shy person tried X, they were able to accomplish Y".

I realized about half way through the book I was only listening to it for the sake of completing it - about 80% of the way I was unable to continue listening. It's the same message reiterated 20+ times.

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Introverted in an extroverted world.

As an introvert living in an extroverted world, this book is a breath of fresh air. I teach, and feel comfortable being extroverted and outspoken with my students, and people I feel close or connected to on a personal level. As for the rest of the situations? I am as quiet as a mouse. So much goes on in our minds when we are alone with our thoughts. If only people understood that.

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Where was this when I was coming up

I wish I had this information when l was growing up. I was made to feel different growing up because I was so quiet. Then when I saw "it" in my son I tried to push him in another direction because I didn't want him to be like me. My child was the first to let me know that my quiet was okay, and so was he. I still have a lifetime of programming to undo but every little piece of information helps. This book certainly helps to point out that my different is ok. Wish I could get my mother to read it. Life goes on.

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Excellent!

This book needs to be read by ALL educators and parents! Susan Cain speaks from experience and tells real stories and excellent tips for navigating the challenges for quiet personalities. She also stresses their strengths and how every personality type needs the other. Highly highly recommended!

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loved this book!

loved these practical tips for introverted kids. plan to use with my own daughter as well as my clients.