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Quiet Audiobook

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

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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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    Basic 09-16-16
    Basic 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Julia 09-15-16
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    "Truly enjoyable and informative"

    I loved this book. I learned a great deal and will be listening to it again. I enjoyed the story and the narration as well.

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    Norma 09-14-16
    Norma 09-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "So many a-ha moments - Amazing!!"

    So many a-ha moments. I needed this book 20 years ago. I am delighted at how this book has impacted both my understanding of myself and my daughter. I am listening for a 2nd time.

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    Julia 09-13-16
    Julia 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "meh"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The history of American extroversion ideals was interesting, and I did enjoy some of the suggestions for living with extroverts. But overall the book seemed like more of a rah-rah for introverts (and sort of a fuck-you to extroverts, which the author seems to think are attention-grabbing, money-obsessed con artists) than solid science or psychology. Also, white ladies really shouldn't discuss Asian-American stereotypes without any input from Asian people. That section was cringeworthy.


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    gtkristen 09-09-16
    gtkristen 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Fantastic"

    Quiet is, most likely, the best book I ever read (and listened to on Audible). Susan Cain is an excellent author and her research for this book is thorough and well presented. Content-wise, I felt like I was reading about myself and receiving affirmation after affirmation that I am not alone, there are many other people like me out there, who may even work in the office down the hall. Highly recommended.

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    Sheryl Axline 09-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful, relevant, and engaging"

    Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert this book will help you understand your world.

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    Irenesees 09-07-16
    Irenesees 09-07-16
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    "good but , have to ask yourself ...."

    I felt like this was the other opposite end of the spectrum. For instance,many people who are outgoing box and label quiet people, this book boxed and labeled outgoing people as ignorant pseudo-listeners. I don't understand our fascination in society with boxing and labeling everyone and everything. I have had to take many personality psychology assessment tests (one being Briggs/Meyers) and every time my results are both extrovert and introvert. yes that's right it's not one or the other some of us have qualities in both categories

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    R. Scheibe 09-07-16
    R. Scheibe 09-07-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Amazing book"

    Being am introvert myself, this book helped me so much! It encourages you to fully accept and cherish your introvert qualitities which can be difficult in a world with an extravert ideal, where you are told/showed at many occasions that there must be something wrong with you if you don't want to socialize all the time, but need downtime too.
    If you're an extravert, this can help you understand introverts better and show you that you shouldn't take it personally if a quiet person doesn't want to talk at a particular time.

    Loved it!

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    Christian E. Senftleben 08-30-16

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    "Shares Some New Insights"

    For me, what sets this book apart is its distinction between shyness and extroversion. Just because I personally am quite comfortable speaking up in groups and expressing myself does not mean I am an extrovert and abide by their rules interests. In fact, I am far more at ease in the world of ideas and their unfolding than I am in the world of who getting others to follow my lead or to regularly validate me.

    The author also does well to talk about how the outside world and new things can over-stimulate the introvert, and ways to deal with that. Great book!

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    Imran 08-28-16
    Imran 08-28-16
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    "Very enlightening."

    Opens the reader to the importance of introverts in society. Shows us why society needs to value introverts as well, and not make extroversion be the only accepted way to be. A must read!

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