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R. Sippel

San Jose, CA United States
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  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 977

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Analysis

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-17

This book brought a smile to my face but I wouldn't call it funny, I didn't even chuckle.

  • Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

  • The Mowgli Stories
  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431

Audie Award, Excellence in Production; Audie Award, Audio Drama, 2016. The magical storytelling and unforgettable characters in Ben Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well-known voices from British film, TV, radio and comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kipling at its best!

  • By Sarah Cresap on 06-08-16

Audible out did themselves

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-17

My husband has loved the Jungle Book for over 60 years. This audio version just blew us away, it was like you were listening to the movie.

  • Spartan Up!

  • A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life
  • By: Jeff O'Connell, Joe De Sena
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

Twenty-six point two miles isn’t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different type of mindset

  • By Barbara on 02-02-15

for A type people

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-16

This book is an advertisement for his races. In the book Joe says that his races are for younger people and so is his advice. I've learned a lot of what he is teaching from my experiences in life without having to go to great extremes or feeling like a failure. Younger people should find some good advice between his references to his races.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rum Runner - A Thriller

  • Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Bob Walkenhorst
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Twenty years ago a young cop named Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels arrested one of the most sadistic killers she'd ever encountered. She has since retired from the Chicago Police Department in order to raise her toddler daughter. But old grudges never die. They fester until the right opportunity comes along. While on vacation in the Wisconsin North Woods, Jack learns - too late - that her old adversary is out of prison. He has revenge on his mind. And he's bringing an army with him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hated The Narrator

  • By The Wedding Officiant on 07-10-16

I had my hopes up

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-16

I was so excited to see a new Jack Daniels book! First just let me say Bob is a very good narrator but when you have a series of books read by the same narrators, changing narrators threw me off. I kept getting lost between who was talking, Fin or Jack. I also didn't get those creepy cringing belly laughing reactions that I got from the last eight books, not sure if it was due to to the change of narrators, the authors writing or a combination of the two.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born on a Blue Day

  • A Memoir
  • By: Daniel Tammet
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than 50 living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats. (Think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.) None of them has been able to discuss his or her thought processes, much less write a book. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary Life Through Unordinary Eyes

  • By J. Cline on 05-09-07

education

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Unless one was visually handicapped being a child from the 50's, we were all the same. In my family it was "nothing is wrong with your brother". Just 2 years ago a friend told me to look up Asperger in regarding my brother, I found that this is his bio! I have since read up on Asperger's but this book gives me some incite on how he thinks. Although Daniel is functional in different ways than my brother I now have more of an understanding of what world my brother lives in and when I can educate him to the "new world" and when I need to let things go.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,516

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

All about the stalking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-15

This book is written by the view of a stalker. This book brings you inside the head of a crazy person who functions well in society.
I understand the pros and cons of liking this book, it is written in detail about the stalkers point of view and could be considered slow and repetitive at times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No More Mondays

  • Fire Yourself -- And Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work
  • By: Dan Miller
  • Narrated by: Dan Miller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

For everyone who dreads going to work on Monday mornings, inspiring advice on how to find fulfilling work in an uncertain age. Do you hate Mondays? If so, what's keeping you at your current job? If you said a steady paycheck and the promise of a secure retirement, then you're in for a big disappointment. In today's volatile economy, there is nothing safe about punching the clock for a job you hate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "No More Mondays"

  • By Sandra on 03-09-09

Didn't pick up on "True Calling" in the title

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-15

I'm sure most people would not notice but I was turned off, to much reference to God for me, I couldn't finish the book.

  • Bellwether

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 843

Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Initially funny but then got stuck

  • By C. Oneal on 04-04-14

yawn

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-14

I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. I would put this book in the safe category, no cursing, action, romance or suspense. The fads held my interest and growing up in the 60's & 70's some of the fads did bring back memories and made me chuckle, but this book was just a little to slow and uneventful for me.

  • The Stainless Steel Rat

  • By: Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,403

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great To See An Old Friend Back

  • By Terry on 10-14-10

annoyed at first

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-14

It took me about 2 hours before I got the humor and then I realized that Phil Gigante's voice was perfect! I have never liked any kind of space/future for lack of words star trek movies or books until now. I will be picking up more books from this series, it was a lot of fun.

  • The House On Tradd Street

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Aimée Bruneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591

Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly surprised

  • By Joanna on 08-17-09

Not my cup of sweet tea

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-14

I liked the concept of the book but I didn't like Melanie. I was annoyed and frustrated with the bossy, coy southern bell that doesn't like dogs and yet gets annoyed that someone gives her inherited dog some toys! I didn't like the fact that she specialized in selling old homes and yet hates everything not modern.
I would put this book in the young romance section, a predictable story, no curse words, romance?....a couple of kisses and sleeping on the couch, oh hum.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful