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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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    David San Jose, CA United States 09-29-15
    David San Jose, CA United States 09-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I understand me better"

    This book helped me understand me, my relationships, my family, my friends, and my coworkers both better and more sympathetically. I gained more ease with some of my habits which have me acting as an introvert. I also realize how much extroversion is featured in the American self help literature. I gained more appreciation for my work environment. I also get the ways I shut some people down. This book had a very personal and internal impact on me. We'll see how this improves my relating with the world.

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    Ericka R. 09-26-15
    Ericka R. 09-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "some interesting facts..."

    I got the impression that the author had more of a complaining spirit about the topics that were discussed and would have preferred more strategic suggestions for an introverts success as opposed to hearing the many ways they have been wronged. still an entertaining listen.

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    B.L. 09-22-15
    B.L. 09-22-15
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    "Wonderfully insightful!"

    If your an introvert or an extrovert, this book provides the reader with profound understanding. I'll be reading this volume again, as the author's ability to relate these teachings is superb!

    Well done Kathe Mazur!

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    Alison 09-18-15
    Alison 09-18-15
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    "I'm quiet too"

    This was a glorified research paper although I did get much comfort and reassurance from it. Nothing was proven or a theory come to light as fact. Just examples and suggestions on how to accommodate

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    Tom Bux Barnesville, PA United States 09-13-15
    Tom Bux Barnesville, PA United States 09-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "highlights the importance of introversion"

    wonderfully narrated and beautifully written this book shows how introverts can fit into today's noisy world

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    Isaiah 09-07-15
    Isaiah 09-07-15
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    "Excellent insights"

    Lots of great ideas that resounded with me. Helped me to understand myself much better and allowed me to appreciate some of the special strengths that I have as an introvert where I previously saw weaknesses.

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    Toni Cryer 08-20-15
    Toni Cryer 08-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely fascinating."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more of what makes us alike, different and complex.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quiet?

    The "explanation" of what an introvert is.... deeply sensitive which explains so much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not applicable


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    A different perspective is the one of the best ways to relate to all people.


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    T.J. 08-15-15
    T.J. 08-15-15

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    "personalities required"

    If you don't learn to appreciate your own personality, you cannot appreciate those around you.

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    Sara Yashinski Israel 08-03-15
    Sara Yashinski Israel 08-03-15 Member Since 2016

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    Extremely redundant. You can cut the book in half and not lose anything of value. Too many unnecessary anecdotes. The message and most insight is achieved the first half, then she continues on and on repeating her self with nearly no new and or interesting supporting data. I don't regret reading it, but i would have appreciated a more concise discussion. Read the first half; then move on.

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    Robyn 08-01-15
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    "Well researched topic. Excellent audio reading."
    Any additional comments?

    The book itself is a wonderful piece that explores the world of introverts and extroverts. Even though the book is tailored to introverts, the Susan Cain does not favour one type too heavily over the other. Kathe Mazur does an excellent reading of the book. Her soft-spoken voice helps to really bring the content to life and was the perfect choice.

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