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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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    S. Atkins 10-06-16
    S. Atkins 10-06-16

    A bookworm who discovered the life hack that is audiobooks in January 2016. Personal development, history, and literary fiction are my faves

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    "How To Handle Your Introvert"

    It took me a few months to get through the audio of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking”. I would mostly listen to it on days where I would travel to accomplish some important errand because the book simply has that impression. It's business, work, and success oriented. As an introvert, I felt almost like the author was preaching to the choir. The only real impression I left with is, “Fake it 'til you make it” or find the type of career that let's me live the stereotype. Well, any book or website for that matter on introversion could have told me that.

    The writing and pace of the book went well and it felt very important to listen to, but I feel the information would actually be more useful to extroverted family members, teachers and business leaders on how to handle their introverted children, students and employees. The section near the end was the most interesting and also the most irrelevant for me, personally. It touched on how our society, through the school system and therapy, tries to act like introversion in children is some kind of illness and unfairly pressures them to behave extroverted and was full of stories on how parents began connecting with their introverted children. If I titled this book, it would be called, “How To Handle Your Introvert.”

    The overall underlying message was that introverts are the intellectual, deep, smart and dedicated ones and that they are being treated unfairly. This introvert is still not surprised. If you never read it, just be yourself, work on your social skills if the goals you have require them. Let the people in your life know about your introverted tendencies and needs. Treat the introverts in your life fairly and don't expect the same reactions or excitement out of them and finally, take this book with a grain of salt because the world isn't really this black and white.

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    Magdalena W. 10-03-16
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    "Great self-knowledge book!"

    Loved this book. I learned a lot about my introverded self and how to survive in a world that pushes people to act like extroverted individuals.

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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 10-02-16
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 10-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "An introduction to introvertism"

    This book covers how North American society is designed to favour and promote extrovertism, often ignoring or pressuring introverts not to be themselves. This is especially true in the education system, North American culture (Asia is more introvert friendly) and workplace. It does a very good job at showing the advantages an introvert can bring and if you're a parent, how you can identify with, encourage and help your introvert child feel less isolated while still being themselves.

    Other than finding the sociological aspect interesting, as a confident introvert I personally didn't find anything new that isn't covered elsewhere and in more detail.

    If your a student with introvertism or parent of an introvert child, teacher, or hiring manager I would recommend reading this book. It is a good introduction to anyone not familiar with the extrovert and introvert discussion.

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    Marley 09-24-16
    Marley 09-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating!"

    Great mix of science and conscientious curiosity. Thank you for writing this book and putting it in this format. Will ignore any other comments about being "too" sensitive.

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    Steven L Stone PULLMAN, WA, US 09-22-16
    Steven L Stone PULLMAN, WA, US 09-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Now, my own skin finally fits."

    A life long stutterer, I thought my love of solitude was because I didn't have to struggle trying to "get my words out". Now I see preferring introversion wasn't running away from my problems. It going home to see what new treasures awaited discovery.

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    Amazon Customer 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I haven't identified with a piece of work like this in a while."

    As an introvert, this book is everything I've always felt but couldn't find a way to express it.

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    DDS 09-19-16
    DDS 09-19-16
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    ""An answer to this is found in a study...""

    Good info, useful examples. Seems like well-founded conclusions. As an introvert, the content also gave me insight into extroverts through contrast.
    Author's frequent approach is to describe a situation, propose a question about either why it is as it is or how to manage it, then segue to a psychological study. They were explained with good clarity without excessive detail, and I find such studies generally interesting, so it was fine. Still, I can see how some could find this pattern annoying.

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    Augie Meyer 09-18-16
    Augie Meyer 09-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Personal Favorite"

    An amazing experience, highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a deeper insight into introverts 😊

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    Jugdish.V 09-17-16
    Jugdish.V 09-17-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent book!"

    Well written, organized, and articulated. A must for teachers, especially of kids. I like her examples, and gift for tying together related and relevant research that amplifies the point. Artfully expressed. Worth reading at least twice.

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    Basic 09-16-16
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    "Very informative!"

    Wished I would have read/listened to this year's ago. This makes so much more sense as to what I go through on a daily basis.

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