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The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
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International best-selling audiobook Quiet, written by Susan Cain and narrated by Kathe Mazur, is a fascinating insight into the world of introverts. Whether you’re an introvert, an extrovert or somewhere in between the depth of research in this book is undeniably powerful. This is an essential guide for understanding why and how people are introverted, as well as a tool for introverts to use the strength they have within themselves to accomplish great things. The quiet achievers of the world are given a voice and comradeship in this enlightening book. Available now from Audible.

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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur.

In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

©2013 Susan Cain (P)2013 Penguin Books Ltd

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HR pre-requisite

Any HR professionals should listen to this book prior to getting involved in recruitment or setting personal policies. It’s bizarre that some discriminate the introverts in an age where gender discrimination is unacceptable.

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  • Barry
  • Hawthorn East, Australia
  • 17-05-2018

OMGGGGGGGG

I have read sooooo many books, well listened, this book at chapter 4 is just...enlightening...how laughable is our existence based on acting out a life not true to who we are...please please listen to this book...what was that film...the blue or red pill lol

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Soothingly insightful

Whilst listening to the whole book I had various Aha moments. Very insightful to the brain of an introvert with scientific studies backing it up. Very interesting read for both introverts and extroverts.

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Excellent read

I have never felt so understood in my life while reading this book. Must read for all who consider themselves introverted.

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Interesting and informative

Being an introvert and raising 2 children, 1 who is an extrovert and 1 introvert I found this book helpful and insightful. Susan explains the reasons why certain personality types do the things they do and it helped me understand my behaviours and those of my children in a whole new light. I wish I had this knowledge 20 years ago. A must read for anyone living with, working with or raising a child who is an introvert. Dramatically improved the relationships between our family members.

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Enlightening

I can now embrace my quietness fully and help my grandchildren with the same. Thank you Susan Cain for this insightful and beautiful work full of stories that one can easily relate to.

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A must read book for all high reactive babies

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By reading this book,an introvert will realise that they too are unique,and should be proud of what they are. They will learn to focus on their strenghth rather than trying to be someone else just to fit in.I like to read about the real person example in the book and how they are relatable. It is a good reading.

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Just quietly...

This is the most beautifully written non fiction book I've ever read. Plus it contains thought provoking content that will forever change the way I parent and teach while empowering my inner introvert.

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Sudden enlightenment

The research and anecdotes in this text are fascinating. There is so much that I have discovered about myself through reading this book. Now I realise that I am compensating for my introversion all the time - I have become so skilled at it that people think I am very outgoing - I even fooled myself!

I have a 16 year old daughter that I have struggled to understand ... until this book. I am now much more at ease with the way she is. I just wish I had discovered it when she was younger.

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"Introverts do this, extroverts do that"

This reads like an anti-extrovert shopping list for an introvert-activist. I can appreciate the author's intention to help understand introverts, or to empower them, but it wasn't my cup of tea. And the reader gave a lot of emphasis. I thought that was a bit presumptuous of the tone. 6/10

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  • Peter
  • 29-09-2015

Flawed and preachy

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As an introvert, this book sounded very interesting, especially since I've seen it mentioned a number of times around the internet as "life changing". Unfortunately, this book definitely didn't alter my life in any significant way. I already knew about a vast majority of the concepts since I've experienced most of the cases that are common for introverts. Some of the history and case studies were mildly interesting in explaining why some people are introverts, but the author just kept going on and on about certain topics for what seemed like forever.

The writing style in general was very tedious since most of the chapters start out in a weird faux documentary style of the author visiting different people and places to try to learn from different people's experiences on certain topics. I suspect this was to make it seem more intimate and less of a "knowledge dump", but instead it makes the book feel forced and less scientific. One major flaw that I noticed multiple times was that the author extrapolated meaning out of cherry picked anecdotes and then proceeded to talk about them as fact.

If I did learn anything, it's that the term introvert encompasses a huge spectrum of personal traits and characteristics. It's actually mentioned a few times, that a certain trait is common in most introverts, but not all. This makes the parts where the author proceeds to give advice on dealing with introverts that much more confusing since the advice will not cater for every person. Yes, most of the advice is a good starting point, but each person is different and as a manager, partner, friend or parent, you would be better served by actually talking to the person and working things out with them as individuals.

The general tone of the book was also overly "introverts are special", which is a shame, since the people who would actually benefit from this book more are the extroverted people who have an overly simplistic view on the topic of introversion. However, because of the tone, I doubt they'd enjoy reading it since half the time, they're made out to be this evil entity that's oppressing the poor, helpless introverts. I guess teenagers who struggle with being social would get a lot out of this book as well, but that's about the only audience that will enjoy it. Most adult introverts already know how to live with their personality and understand their situation in a society that prefers extroversion. This book is disturbingly flawed, often boring and preachy, so while there is definitely some useful information contained within, I'd be hesitant to recommend it.

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  • rebecca
  • 11-02-2013

Ssshhhh

If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

Perceptive, compassionate, brilliant.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved this book. It made me look at myself and many other people I know in an entirely different light.

Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any other of Kathe Mazur's performances.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did shed a tear or two, especially when the author wrote about her grandfather and people like him. People who achieve great and noble things in a self-effacing and humble manner.

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read it - there are just so many introverts in the world whose great qualities are not nurtured or valued.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2019

7 stars

This is one of the most interesting books that I’ve listened to so far.
It answered a lot of questions around why people act the way that they do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-2019

Amazing book

Clear and thoughtful selection of words, being parent of a quiet child I would say this book is an amazing authority on topic

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  • Renolan Padayachee
  • 24-02-2019

So much more than the title suggests

Susan provides a lot more than just good insight into the power of introversion. The book also explains why different personalities behave the way that they do, how to better deal with those personalities and to best use your own personality type to your advantage. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Carlos Andrés Prado García
  • 10-03-2017

Eye-opening book

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I found it compelling and rather eye-opening as the author unveils what lies behind being an introvert and an extrovert. It shows us what each personality type means and how it differs from temperament, among other topics the book is divided into.

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It is a must read in a society full of reality shows that overrate being an extrovert when we need the best of each and one of us to make a better world.

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  • Leigh
  • 11-08-2016

Great read!

Really enjoyed the contrast of Extraverts and Introverts. Well researched and good storytelling. A book representing the missing puzzle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2016

Great Book!

Great book. A lot of good example how to deal and manage introvertion. excellent option for introverts, parents with introverted children and people managing introverted employees.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-2015

wonderful.

Invaluable if you are an introvert, really explained all the things I'd always wondered about.

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  • Harsha G
  • 30-08-2015

Wonderland

This book fills the biggest void out there. Interesting how so mush can be explained by a simple understanding of temperament.
Much needed, well researched and beautifully narrated.

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  • Theodore
  • 10-01-2013

Thought provoking A+

Ever since I learnt what an introvert was I knew I was one, but used to wonder how I thrived as well as I did in social situations at times. Susan Cain not only shed light on this concept but on so many things in this title. With an excellent combination of thought provoking narrative, uplifting message and downright honest truth I would suggest "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain to anyone.



The title itself is so well done I would propose anyone to listen this title if they want to in any way understand introversion (if they don't already and even if you do there is so much more that can be learned from this title). Susan Cain's case studies leaves you (provided you are an introvert) feeling so... understood which in the world of an introvert can be a rare occurrence. I grew up in a household filled with extroverts or persons far more of extroverted than myself and this title does a good job of explaining what I had experienced as well as provide some tips on how to essentially survive. I have learned so much from what this title has said I am completely bowled over! I wish I could give this aspect of the rating 10 stars instead of just 5!



This can be one of those books that get you to change your very mindset. As an extrovert I would assume it would help you to appreciate and value introverts more and also be a bit more aware of how to deal with the introverts in your life. As an introvert personally the book served to simply inspire me and make me feel downright proud to be an introvert with quirks and all! Truly an amazing book!

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  • Trina
  • 13-04-2013

Life-changing

Before reading 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" I knew of differing temperaments, and that I was definitely at the introverted side of the spectrum. However I always felt these traits - such as needing time to myself, wanting to work where I can quietly sit and think, and preferring nights in with my boyfriend rather than out in crowded London bars - were undesirable, or that they meant I was boring, or would maybe mean I wasn't capable of achieving my career ambitions. However this book opened my eyes to a new world, that introversion, persistently depicted as defective in some way in the workplace and social world, is in actual fact advantageous - not just merely 'acceptable' but highly conducive if embraced.



For years I have attempted to quell my easily overly stimulated and sensitive mind and body, and natural instinct to observe others at social gatherings rather than speak out or to take the limelight. Reading this book has uncovered for me how I have been 'acting up' as an extrovert, in order to feel accepted among my colleagues and superiors, and in social circles that are times imposed on us. Susan Cain's narrative explains in fascinating detail longitudinal studies in the neuroscience and psychology field, that illustrate how introversion, as a temperamental characteristic, is found from birth and carries through to adulthood; she skillfully links such research to reveal that successful historical and current figures, were/are in fact introverts.



The author discusses that adapting introverted behaviour in certain situations when this fits with our values and interests is unlikely to be stressful; however when introverts are placed in an extroverts terriority this is over-stimulating and potentially distressing. Reading this book has in effect given me permission to embrace my introverted temperament, and fundamentally accept myself as me, and not conforming to what society portrays as the 'extrovert ideal'. Liberating.

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  • Miss
  • 24-05-2013

Really well written book, well narrated

This is a really well written, thoroughly researched and well thought-out book, would be suitable for anyone especially those who are interested in the western and eastern cultural personality differences. I learned more about myself, my business partners and Asian investors after reading this book. I can't recommend it enough.

Just buy it.

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  • Jim Vaughan
  • 10-03-2013

At last! Introverts speak up against "groupthink"

This book gave me many, many moments of recognition. As Susan Cain points out in "Quiet", we live in an extrovert (often spelled extrAvert!) dominated culture, where being a gregarious, articulate "team-player" is seen as healthy, while preferring quiet, solitude, and having a rich interior life makes you a wallflower and a party pooper. This is "The New Groupthink", a prejudice which infects our education system, recruitment, employment practices, social life, mental health, indeed almost every aspect of Western culture. (Google "New Groupthink" for an excellent article by SC in the NY Times). Yet, new evidence cited in the book shows that we are more creative on our own, than working in teams. Einstein, Newton and Darwin were all introverts working alone. Brainstorming is a typical example of the myth of group creativity - it is less effective at generating new ideas than solitary individuals. Yet, institutions from the Evangelical Church to the Harvard Business School strongly select for extroversion, preferring confident talkers to the thoughtful wisdom of their more reticent introverted colleagues. However, the message of the book is positive. It is that extroverts and introverts need each other in order to thrive - a beautiful symbiosis, frustrated only by our failure to appreciate each others differing needs for sociability or solitude. Of course, we can adapt, if important to us, and the book outlines ways we do this such as "situated traits" theory, but it is always something of a strain. Finally, the book offers some sound advice for us 30-50% of the population who are introverts, as well as the spouses, bosses and parents of introverts, to play to their strengths, rather than try to change them. It's like being left handed used to be. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, this book does much to expose one of the most under-appreciated prejudices of our culture "The New Groupthink". Well narrated, it is an enjoyable book everyone should read.

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  • Helen
  • 08-04-2013

Excellent

This book has a mixture of theory and practice. She explains how it is ok to be introverted and it isn't the same thing as shy and she gives some great examples from her own experiences in life. I loved the part about her attending a Tony Robbins workshop and her response to what was going on around her, it was full of humour.

I think it helped me understand how introverts are perceived by the non introvert population. If you are an introvert this book can help you to understand why you don't always get the responses you would expect to. If you are an extravert, it helps you understand what is going on in the mind of the introvert you are interacting with. It also gives permission for introverts to stay as they are or if you prefer to make changes, it points the way to some behavioural adaptations that you may choose to make without any pressure.

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  • Ms CT Clarke
  • 05-05-2014

Outstanding book for all; especially introverts.

What did you like most about Quiet?

It is so positive towards introverts. It points out our strengths and shows how our thought processes differ. It provides great insight about how we can contribute and live more pleasant lives in a world which can be so overwhelming for us.

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of background information is fantastic. By using the results of scientific studies, it gives authentic information and results on how introverts think and react. To be able to know that studies exist and have provided results is comforting that this isn't just one persons' guesswork.

Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Kathe Mazur's reading of this book is PERFECT. Quiet but easily audible, giving intonation to ensure this is never a dull listen. She sounds compassionate, understanding and confident without being overbearing.

I listened to this on a bluetooth headphone in a van and had no issues hearing her.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Introverts; they're valuable people, too.

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This is something I'd love to be able to get everyone to read or listen to. It's so valuable in so many ways, it's impossible to put in a small review. The best credit I've spent.

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  • StudentOfLife
  • 17-04-2014

Necessary read if you suspect you're one

Where does Quiet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely the best I've read about this topic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quiet?

Finding out it's normal and not something you should change but accept and work with.

What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Calming voice, a necessary sensitivity to a subject so easy for those who are averse to reading and accepting their stance due to society's aversion of the trait.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me understand and see the unsung benefits of the trait as the world will constantly remind you of the perceived disadvantages, which this book demystifies greatly and credibly.

Any additional comments?

If you like alone time, find your phone a nuisance at times, and find too much company draining. READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Alastair
  • 09-07-2013

Insightful - a whole new perspective

This book left me feeling deeply grateful to have found it. Such was the indoctrination in my life that introverts have something wrong with them that, as an introvert, I just accepted this view as fact! So the message of this book - that introversion is a valid and valuable way of being - came as a relief to say the least. I feel calm, liberated, validated and respected having read this book.

This book is a wonderful gift for all introverts who may even feel ashamed of their personality type! Read it and weep for joy!

Kathe Mazur's narration was excellent: enjoyable, warm and tuned for the subject.

And if you are the author reading this: from my heart, thank you!

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  • Brian
  • 08-04-2013

Quite Surprised

Very pleasantly pleased with this audio book. Very good narration. Kept my attention throughout and offered a very insightful look at both introverts & extroverts, and helps highlight the thought methods of both types. Found it very interesting, a very neutral book, showing the possibilities and limitations of both personality types. A must listen

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  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
  • 18-02-2014

Fascinating listen

"Responsible and mature but doesn't talk enough in class" was the gist of my reports all the way through school. I'm exactly the type of person Susan Cain discusses in Quiet and it has been a great pleasure to hear my temperament justified in the audio version of the book. In fact, so much so that starting to speak with the phrase "Susan Cain says" is beginning to be greeted with raised eyebrows! I hadn't been aware of the transition of societal emphasis from character to personality but many of the factors described are so true to my experience, particularly at work where my plummeting concentration levels coincided with my former tranquil 2-person office becoming a loud 11-person space. The neurological analyses were very interesting as I discovered why I react in certain ways and that I don't need to apologise for it - there's nowt wrong with me! Quiet does have a strong American bias some references are obscure but enough British culture is similar that the topics featured are relevant. Fascinating.

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