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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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Great information but little repetitive and slow

I love the way all the research and examples of both animal and human play are tied together but there were aspects that were repetitive. I would have liked to see more information on the different play styles and how to be more aware of your play style as an adult and recognizing it in children.

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Absolutely Loved This Book - Its a great reminder!

I really enjoyed this book...its a great reminder to me, a 'busy', productive, Type A personality, how important it is to PLAY...however that is defined for you and me. I appreciate the scientific validation that is included in this message. Great supportive evidence about the importance of play and the development of the brain and stress. Thanks for writing this book - great delivery too!

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Great Read!

Loved it! Brings so much understanding to what it is, we as adults need in our lives!!

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Amazing book

this book is based on how everybody should play and this book has taught me so much I loved it

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Scholarly but "playful" approach to the subject of Play.

I really enjoyed this audio book! The vastness of the subject matter amazed me. Not just about the importance of play for children, the book lays why play is important, no necessary, for adults too. I will listen again sometime soon but I will be first investigating more play pursuits for myself. I highly recommend this book.