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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel G. Amen Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781415929223
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Daniel Amen, M.D., one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain, has news for you: your brain is involved in everything you do—learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier in as little as 15 days!

You probably run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in great shape; you put on sunscreen and lotions to protect your skin; but chances are you simply ignore your brain and trust it to do its job. People unknowingly endanger or injure their brains, stress them by working at a frenzied pace and not getting enough sleep, pollute them with caffeine, alcohol, and drugs, and deprive them of proper nutrients. Brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. The brain is the organ of learning, working, and loving—the supercomputer that runs our lives. It’s very simple: when our brains work right, we work right—and when our brains have trouble, we have trouble in our lives.

Luckily, it’s never too late: the brain is capable of change, and when you care for it, the results are amazing. Making a Good Brain Great gives you the tools you need to optimize your brain power and enrich your health and your life in the process. The principles and exercises in this book, based on years of cutting-edge neuroscience research and the experiences of thousands of people, provide a wealth of practical information to teach you how to achieve the best brain possible. You will learn:

•how to eat right to think right

•how to protect your brain from injuries and toxic substances

•how to nourish your brain with vitamins and do mental workouts to keep it strong

•the critical component of physical exercise, and which kinds work best

•how to rid your brain of negative thoughts, counteract stress, and much more

Full of encouraging anecdotes from Dr. Amen’s many years of experience, Making a Good Brain Great is a positive and practical road map for enriching and improving your own greatest asset—your brain.


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Quotes & Awards

  • This book is wonderful. It gives the reader great understanding and hope that changes in oneself can be made. If you put these changes into action, a happy and healthy brain is yours. Bill Cosby
  • Each of Daniel Amen’s books contains special nuggets that can be found nowhere else, as well as a wealth of useful, general information that he brings together under one roof. This book offers excellent advice as well as a great deal of new information. An extremely useful and easy-to-read book. Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
  • Making a Good Brain Great is the long-awaited synthesis of a true visionary’s work. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in self-improvement, and especially parents and other caregivers of children—this book is a gem for those of us who want to raise healthy kids. Michael Gurian, author of The Minds of Boys and The Wonder of Girls
  • The most important gift we have to share is wisdom. In this timely book, Dr. Amen shows us how to create a great brain so we can make the world a better place. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., president/medical director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation, and author of The Better Memory Kit and The End of Karma
  • A must-read for those who live by their wits. Dennis B. Alters, M.D., child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and author of Wizard’s Way

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " Guess I should have paid more attention. This book was interesting at the time but I don't think I've retained much of it. I did learn however, that fish capsules make me burp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerstin Olcott | 2/14/2014

    " I found this book fascinating. It is interestingly written. It has a lot of great information and ideas. I really enjoyed reading it and plan to try and implement many of the ideas into my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zuicy | 1/25/2014

    " Love the way the behavior can be traced to a physical/tangible thing... Knew positive thoughts are good for you - well Amen proves it with SPECT scans, can increase perfusion in the brain! Great book who are interested in how miraculous our brain really is! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 1/15/2014

    " actually listened to the CD book. Very interesting. Author narrates well--easy to listen to and not too long. Physical Book has the detailed lists of supplements, diets, references, etc that you might want to see. Learned that if I only redo my whole lifestyle there may still be hope of improving my brain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/14/2014

    " Good suggestions on things you can do to protect, maintain and even strengthen your brain. Trying out the supplements and music suggestions now, results have been good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/27/2013

    " Another great non-fiction from Dr. Amen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/25/2013

    " This book is an EXCELLENT resource for anyone with a brain illness-be it emotional/mental/physical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zelda | 7/3/2013

    " Because I want to decide whose name I'm going to forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Cleveland | 6/1/2013

    " An excellent book on the benefits of keeping ones brain sound and healthy. Enjoyed learning about the different parts of the brain, the supplements that can help enhance performance and the pointers on how to make my brain better. Great read and very educational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 4/27/2013

    " This book is amazing! And very interesting. I loved all the advice he gives and I have found that the daily things he has said to do have really helped me to feel a lot sharper mentally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/1/2013

    " This book was alright, and I did learn some new things in this. But, most of the advice are no brainers and tips universally acknowledged, and some of the tings he talked about i already knew. Still, it was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Javatis Midget | 2/16/2013

    " I thought the book was good. It was a great reminder of how precious our brains are. I'm definitely going to incorporate the vitamins in my life from here on out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jordan | 11/22/2012

    " Giving up caffeine is not a possibility for me. I heart Diet Coke. Therefore, my brain will have to operate at less than optimal speed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cwcost | 9/29/2012

    " Changed my perceptions of many things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 7/15/2012

    " Great book to attribute any weaknesses in yourself to a brain disorder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonyajohnston | 3/28/2012

    " This is the second book I have read of his. It gave me a lot of insight about how our brains work and what we can do to make them work better. I would recommend this book. I am currently reading a third book of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Heath | 11/10/2011

    " Great book--highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 8/29/2011

    " I learned a lot about why we act the way we do! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 5/2/2011

    " This book had some interesting parts to it. Overall I didn't really feel like I learned anything new from it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/14/2011

    " Made me want to get a PET brain scan. Good to know that PMS is real and can be documented with brain scan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cwcost | 1/23/2011

    " Changed my perceptions of many things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonyajohnston | 12/22/2010

    " This is the second book I have read of his. It gave me a lot of insight about how our brains work and what we can do to make them work better. I would recommend this book. I am currently reading a third book of his. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zuicy | 5/3/2010

    " Love the way the behavior can be traced to a physical/tangible thing... Knew positive thoughts are good for you - well Amen proves it with SPECT scans, can increase perfusion in the brain! Great book who are interested in how miraculous our brain really is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/17/2010

    " This book was alright, and I did learn some new things in this. But, most of the advice are no brainers and tips universally acknowledged, and some of the tings he talked about i already knew. Still, it was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mw | 4/4/2010

    " This book was highly interesting, definitely worth reading.
    The proposed journal plan for the reader can only be helpful if followed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/13/2010

    " Made me want to get a PET brain scan. Good to know that PMS is real and can be documented with brain scan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/15/2009

    " Great book to attribute any weaknesses in yourself to a brain disorder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 7/22/2009

    " I learned a lot about why we act the way we do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/8/2009

    " Another great non-fiction from Dr. Amen "

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About the Author
Author Daniel G. Amen

Daniel G. Amen, MD, is a physician, psychiatrist, teacher, and head of the Amen Clinics. He is the author of more than thirty books, including eight New York Times bestsellers. An internationally recognized keynote speaker, he has also been the host of several popular public television specials about the brain. Dr. Amen is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain-imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain-imaging science to everyday clinical practice.

About the Narrator

Marc Cashman is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.