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Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) Audiobook
Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)
Written by: 
John Medina
Narrated by: 
John Medina
Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) Audiobook

Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded): How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

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Publisher's Summary

What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know. In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work - and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops - and what you can do to optimize it. You will view your children - and how to raise them - in a whole new light. You’ll learn: Where nature ends and nurture begins. Why men should do more household chores. What you do when emotions run hot affects how your baby turns out, because babies need to feel safe above all. TV is harmful for children under two. Your child’s ability to relate to others predicts her future math performance. Smart and happy are inseparable. Pursuing your child’s intellectual success at the expense of his happiness achieves neither. Praising effort is better than praising intelligence. The best predictor of academic performance is not IQ. It’s self-control. What you do right now - before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years - will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.

©2014 John J. Medina (P)2014 John J. Medina

What the Critics Say

"Dr. Medina hits the nail on the head with Brain Rules for Baby. We are always looking for ways to make our kids smarter, better, happier. Medina gives such practical, usable advice and tips." (Nina L. Shapiro, MD, UCLA School of Medicine)

"An engaging and fun-to-read translation of the best research on child development and effective parenting. I gave Dr. Medina's book to my own son." (Ginger Maloney, Ph.D, The Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy)

"If you've no room for another brain-development title, weed an old one to make room for this. Covering such topics as pregnancy, relationships, and "moral" babies, the book will educate even the most learned parents. Medina's humorous, conversational style make this an absolute please to read." (Library Journal)

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    Erik 08-14-15
    Erik 08-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Only Baby Book I'd Recommend"
    If you could sum up Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) in three words, what would they be?

    Science based advice.


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) to and why?

    Honestly, this book stands alone in a cesspool of snake oil sold as pregnancy and parenting advice. Medina’s book is baby 501. It’s all science. Everything he talks about has been published in a peer reviewed journal, and replicated by at least one other study that meets that same criteria. He shuts down a lot of the expensive bullshit, like Baby Einstein, and other scams to make babies smart.


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

    I have not. Some reviewers of the audiobook don’t like Medina’s delivery. While it’s true he lacks the polish of professional narrators, he is a lecturer and has a huge passion for his work. I think that might be off putting to some that want the narration to be like an offensive lineman in football: doing its best work when no one notices. But I personally find Medina’s vigorous reading of his own material to be really great.


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

    This is a science based book on how to raise a baby. Pathos really doesn't play a role in it.


    Any additional comments?

    I’ve seen some complaints that Medina meanders too much in his book rather than saving the reader time and getting to the point. I get that some parents are too busy to hear the how and why of Medina’s rules, they want quick instruction to best build their baby’s brain. But for me, I want more than just a set of instructions I’m taking on faith. I love hearing the specifics of the studies that form Medina’s rule set.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 11-09-14
    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 11-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "New addition is not a good audio book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The additions to this book were recorded independently and are in a tunnel


    What other book might you compare Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) to and why?

    Buy the book not the audio book


    What didn’t you like about John Medina’s performance?

    Too many anecdotes by women and he raises his voice too much
    sounds a little like monty python


    Could you see Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no - please do not do this


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that I would have bough tthe book. It is a good book but a very bad audio book

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    NerfHerder42 Illinois, USA 03-31-16
    NerfHerder42 Illinois, USA 03-31-16 Member Since 2015

    Guinness World Record Holder. 热中老古. Purveyor of LoL. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year. Viking Warlord

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    "Great Content, Less Great Recording Quality"

    The majority of this book is very well recorded, but during the later chapters portions of the author's recording take a noticeable and jarring dip in quality.

    The content of the book is magnificent; I learned a great deal about important steps that can be taken to help my child better develop into a thriving adult.

    I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone about to become a new parent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randi Pittman 05-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite Parenting Book Thus Far"

    Nice balance of explaining the why's and the how to implement. Backed up by scientific study.
    I would recommend this book to family and friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SandraDee Dixon, CA 10-13-15
    SandraDee Dixon, CA 10-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"

    I really enjoyed listening to this. I do not have any children and am not pregnant but my husband and I plan to have children soon. This book gives a lot of good information and I definitely think it's worth listening to. There are many things John Medina talks about that I hope to use and implement one day when I have children. This book would be very hard to live up to considering most people's life styles now a days. However, I think it's possible to implement some if not most of his rules.

    I thought that John Medina's narration would get on my nerves but it didn't. He did a really good job and you could hear the emotions and joy in his voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johan 05-17-15
    Johan 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic insights, backed by science"
    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) the most enjoyable?

    All the "brain rules" come with easy to understand examples which makes adopting the rules easier and quicker. The narration was engaging and easy to understand at x2 times the normal speed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded)?

    The empathy reflex and surrounding methods were really cool and unintuitive. Valuable lesson.


    What does John Medina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love having the author narrate his/her own stuff. John Medina brings an engaging reading to this book and it's very enjoyable to listen to. I plowed through this book in two sittings while doing household work, much thanks to John's narration.


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

    Yes.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JRL Hawaii 07-27-16
    JRL Hawaii 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great (minus chapter 1)"

    very useful with good basis on research. only criticism is of the first chapter, which was a bit too long, seemed redundant, and at times had a superficial, least-commom-denominator tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Pieroni 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining, science-based and useful"

    Some parts seem a little over dramatic but he keeps your attention and gives advice for things that go far beyond the baby years. It's great that he supports what he says with actual science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nik 06-29-16
    nik 06-29-16
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    "A great read"

    I absolutely loved this book!! It was incredibly informative, scientifically based and sprinkled with first hand experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abdullah A. H. Aloud 06-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful book"

    This is my second book about the topic. The first one was the brain rules. As usual professor Medina delivers the material in an amazing way , guarantee you will never get bored.

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  • Georgi Vladkov Petkov
    4/18/16
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    "Obligatory reading for parents"

    Entertaining and informative, the book lays down the basics of rasing happy and smart kids supported by science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • samantha
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    1/9/16
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    "Great step into parenting right from pregnancy"

    Gives good scientific overview of what works what doesn't and what is inconclusive. A great enthusiastic read from a scientific father. Definitely worth the listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    London, United Kingdom
    2/22/16
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    "great science based baby guide book."

    this was a well narrated, easy to follow book. I liked the science based facts and although it might be hard to do all of the suggestions in the book it does give you a strong idea of what's important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • heba moataz
    12/15/15
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    "helped me alot with my kids , full of great advice"

    Loved it so much, light material to read and understand, gave me alot of great ideas to expand my kids brain abilities and have fun

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devarshi Kapadia
    5/13/15
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    "Really enjoyed listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great tips from the author, clears a lot of myths around child care. Also, it helped removing a lot of anxiety around child development being a first time parent. Clear scientific language from author is very convincing. Def recommend to all parents.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daryl
    7/26/15
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    "very interesting book"

    great narration well worth a listen. i would recommend to friends and would listen again

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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