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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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    Cynthia 12-30-15
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    "Like a window into my mindset."

    I absolutely loved this book as a sensitive introvert myself. The author is able to clearly articulate my experience and frustrations and it was so inspiring and refreshing to finally feel Understood while learning tools to improve my own interactions

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    Kelly E. 12-29-15
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    "Very Good Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it helps people to understand the two different personality traits. Also helps you to understand yourself if you are an introverted person.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Answered the questions about myself that I never understood. Very well written and researched! Thank you so much


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    She was awesome. I loved her voice and tone


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

    I pretty much did. 2 days<br/><br/><br/>


    Any additional comments?

    I understand why I am the way I am now and knowing that I can take care of myself the way I need to

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    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 12-29-15
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2006
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    "perfect sound and content"

    The book reveals itself slowly and the importance of the message takes hold in a very satisfying conviction. The narrator is so pleasant to listen to any message could be delivered and understood, however, the content is well written and argued. A wonder really.

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    mel 12-25-15
    mel 12-25-15
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    "Introverts rule!"

    Felt understood as an introvert reading this. Very helpful for educators. Will likely listen to it again.

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    darko 12-22-15
    darko 12-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very important book!"

    Today's society is mainly awarding and adjusting itself to the extrovert oriented people. By doing so, we are harming everyone. Read this regardless of your main traits and personality and everyone will be better of.

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    Travis Belobrajdic 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful and dare I say life changing!"

    I truly appreciate Susan Cain's hard work and ability to explain the phenomenon of "quiet". As a strong introvert I have honestly spent most of my life being upset with my shy and nervous tendencies. Seeing the anxiety I feel before a test, presentation, or even speaking to a large group as weakness. It's actually ironic how I would become more anxious at the initial feeling of anxiousness that it would compound out of control.
    After reading, or should I say listening, to this book I have accepted and even embraced my tendencies.
    This book has helped me reach the conclusion that my introverted tendencies are not only correct, but should be appreciated.

    Only beg is that the last chapter about how to raise an introverted child, though helpful when I reflect on my own childhood, didn't hold my interest. Not being a parent, I couldn't appreciate the content as much as I did the rest of the book.

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    J. Slind Milwaukee, WI USA 12-16-15
    J. Slind Milwaukee, WI USA 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Many explanations of detailed perceptions."

    Covers the implications of multiple physiology studies and how different personalities interpret the same stimulus, different reactions and coping skills to dealing with becoming overstimulated.

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    Bradders 12-14-15
    Bradders 12-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Quiet?

    This is an excellent book, well written and presented


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    She has a very good voice and tempo for this book


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

    No - I had to review constantly, the information was great


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    Katherine 12-13-15
    Katherine 12-13-15

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "I cannot recommend this to introverts"

    Too much of the book is devoted to the problems of introverts in an extrovert world. The first half of the book reminded me of my painful youth as an introvert. I almost gave up because the book
    made me feel bad about myself. There is not enough celebration of the powers of introversion to offset the depressing recital of our misfit status in American society. The reader does a good job, but I cannot recommend this book.

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    RI Guy 12-11-15
    RI Guy 12-11-15
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    "So that explains it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    This clears up so many things about introversion and provides real insight into how to make it a strength in a society that fails to value its gifts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Throughout, the book illustrates the value of introversion and how introverts can cope with the difficulties they face.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone I talk to about this book says they have read it multiple times and it has helped them with a child, a spouse, a boss, themselves, and more.

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