Why Did I Listen To This Book?
True story, I started college as a psychology major, hah until making the switch to education as a major because my psychology 101 professor never called on females and because I was passionate about my history classes but you know, I am practical. Anyways, things like behavior are interesting to me and while I might not be an expert or super educated in psychology, I still find books that explore those things fascinating. When Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain made the rounds, I was very much interested but didn’t really have time to learn all about introverts. Eventually I caved in and bought it on Audible, because audiobooks are my favorite way to experience non-fiction. After being in a I NEED VARIETY mood, I downloaded this to my iPhone and kept a listening ear ready.
What Is Quiet By Susan Cain About?
Essentially, the title Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking says it all. The book opens with a story about Cain in a meeting sitting there quietly letting people talk over her and be rude and she’s got the impression that her contributions will not matter. Anyways, she gets this great idea, so she waits until the loudmouths shuts up and then quietly and calmly lays out her ideas. Everyone is astounded by her quiet confidence and she proves that introverts can be creative and awesome. This sets the tone for the book which basically compares introverts and extroverts and talks about why introversion is not the terrible thing society seems to make it out to be.
What Did I Learn?
Guys, as much as I thought I was an extrovert, I think I might be an introvert. The book talks about how our society places so much value on extroversion and group work that some people learn to fake extroversion just to get ahead and well you end up thinking you are an extrovert when you aren’t. My reasoning behind thinking I might be an introvert is that my ideal weekend involves not leaving the house and holing up with a book or my boyfriend, well probably the book before Tony. So, anyways, basically I learned that group work can stifle the creativity of introverts and that there’s nothing wrong with taking a pause to think something out.
How’s The Narration?
The narrator is Kathe Mazur and she’s basically perfect. Her voice is intelligent and crisp yet gentle and soothing. She has um, dulcet tones whatever that means. The audiobook is 10 hours and 39 minutes unabridged but does not drag. It’s produced by Random House and there are no weird noises at all. It’s a fantastic listen.
Who Would I Recommend Quiet To?
I think that Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain would be perfect for bookish types, because you’ll understand why you need to recharge your batteries after social outings better. I think that it would also make a good read for people who are convinced they are extroverted but have introvert tendencies. If you find pop psychology interesting, you’ll probably like this book. Also, I bet you’ll like this if you’ve taken one of those Meyer-Briggs test to heart.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Basically this book told me I am an introvert and I think that this GIF kind of sums up why.
Disclosure: Purchased My Own Copy
Other reviews of Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain:
The Boston Bibliophile – “I really appreciated the thoughtfulness she brings to the subject”
Reading For Sanity – “If you can’t tell, I’m sold on this book”
S. Krishna’s Books – “a fascinating look at introversion”