• by Stuart Brown, Christopher Vaughan
  • Narrated by Michael Hinton
  • 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Amazon Customer

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.
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- Nadine Jamie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio