Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole Audiobook, by Susan Cain Play Audiobook Sample

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole Audiobook

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Read By: Susan Cain Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593506066

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Longest Chapter Length:

57:43 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

15 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

28:27 minutes

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Publisher Description

Reveals the power of a bittersweet outlook on life and why we’ve been so blind to its value

Bittersweetness is a tendency to states of long­ing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute aware­ness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death—bitter and sweet—are forever paired.

If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music . . . 

If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day . . . 

If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty . . .

Then you probably identify with the bitter­sweet state of mind.

With Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an un­tapped power hidden in plain sight. Now she em­ploys the same mix of research, storytelling, and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, con­nection, and transcendence.

Cain shows how a bittersweet state of mind is the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain. If we don’t acknowledge our own heartache, she says, we can end up inflicting it on others via abuse, domination, or neglect. But if we realize that all humans know—or will know—loss and suffering, we can turn toward one another.

At a time of profound discord and personal anxiety, Bittersweet brings us together in deep and unexpected ways.

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“An eye-opening take on the underestimated virtues of melancholy…[that] affords the opportunity to channel ‘pain into creativity, transcendence, and love’…A perfect manual for coping with tough times.”

— Publishers Weekly 


  • “A sparkling ode to the beauty of the human condition.”

    — Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Bittersweet grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go.”

    — Brené Brown, PhD, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Cain describes how sorrow and longing are adaptive traits with benefits that far outweigh the suffering they put us through.”



  • An Oprah Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books
  • A BookPage Top Pick of the Month
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

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About Susan Cain

Susan Cain is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School who worked as a corporate lawyer before deciding to write Quiet and then devote herself to the cause of empowering introverts. Her book has been a New York Times Bestseller for well over three years and has won numerous awards. Susan lives with her family on the banks of the Hudson River in New York.