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Publisher's Summary

From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives.

We've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play. Particularly in tough times, we need to play more than ever, as it's the very means by which we prepare for the unexpected, search out new solutions, and remain optimistic.

A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.

©2009 Stuart Brown (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Sprinkled with anecdotes demonstrating the play habits of subjects as diverse as polar bears and corporate CEOs, Brown and co-writer Vaughan present a compelling case for promoting play at every age." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Message and content great, professional reader too serious for a book called Play!

Publishers and authors should really pay A lot more attention to the voice quality of the professional readers they use. This reader almost killed the whole book for me. I had to speed it up just to tolerate it. How can you read a book on play with such a fake-y and rigid sounding delivery? Please, next time find a regular, relaxed person with an ability to read a book in a fun, conversational way. Thanks for listening!

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Didn't make it past the first chapter

I purchased this because Brene brown recommended in one of her books. I could not get past how monotone the readers voice sounded. First bad experience with audible. Luckily I was able to return. I think I may just purchase it in paperback form.

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This Book is Life Altering

I had forgotten how to play. i knew something was missing from my life, but couldn't figure it out. Now i get it, i played with my first 2 children, but after death in my family, injuries, surgeries, and divorce... I was depressed and lonely.
On a whim I got this book... and I can now see my deficite... I'm going to have some fun... and it just might save my life!

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Great message overall and short enough. The author is well written and the speaker is clear. Only qualm would be that the speaker is a little slow so put the speed on x1.20 for best results.

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Good book dry narration

overall I found the research in the story to be very good but the same time found in the narrator to be very dry and somewhat robotic that would be my only complaint about this listen. it's easy to overcome because the content is very well presented

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Fun book

Gets to the basics and reminders to enjoy life! Easy to listen to with takeaways.

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Amazing

Absolutely everyone needs to listen to this! It’s so important for everyone! I can’t recommend it enough!

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Great book will change your mind about play

Really enjoyed it. The author convinced me to make including play in my life my new year’s resolution.

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Simple, informative book

Many of us know how fun play can feel, but few of us realize just how important it can be for our development and well-being. In this book, author Stuart Brown dives into the science behind such a statement and shows us what a vital role play serves in our lives.

Through countless referenced studies and anecdotes, Brown calls for us to reconnect with the children inside us all — an integral part of ourselves that many of us have abandoned as we’ve gotten older — in order to find joy and fulfillment once again.

Though the book is a bit of a one-trick pony, it’s short enough that things don’t get too stale. In the end, the reader is left with many good scientific, biological, and evolutionary reasons for making play a central part of his or her life once again.

It’s a good, quick read, and one that I recommend to most folks.

-Brian Sachetta
Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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Informative

This was required reading for a school. I really enjoyed the book and learned quite a bit.