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The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness Audiobook

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

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Publisher's Summary

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. She gets in shape with tae kwon do. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her daughter. Swing dancing? Meditation? Volunteering? Does any of it bring her happiness? And, more important, can the happiness last when she returns to the daily demands of her chaotic life? The results are irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and pointedly relevant to our times.

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a hilarious story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a working mother raising three kids. Paula is a master of her craft. Her comedic brilliance, served up in abundance in this book, has been compared to that of George Carlin, Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin, and David Sedaris.

©2017 Paula Poundstone (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    Tammy SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 05-09-17
    Tammy SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "As always, Paula nails it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness the most enjoyable?

    The question of what makes this book on Happiness by one of the funniest women in America enjoyable to listen to is ironic in a Poundstone kind of way. Dark times call for laughter, and Poundstone delivers in spades. I always buy her books to listen to, as well as hardcopy, because her delivery is amazing. I haven't finish listening yet, but this is one I'll listen to over and over again. Thanks, funny lady!


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    no8slen 05-16-17
    no8slen 05-16-17

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    "Just plain funny"

    If you need a break from anything listen to this book. It captures the human attempt to try anything and everything to be happy. I kept laughing out loud during the whole thing. Thanks Paula this was great!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 05-15-17
    Diana 05-15-17 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Contemplative, with bursts of laughter"

    Relatable, human, smart, and enjoyable. Humble and intelligent, obviously a Giver and Human Extraordinaire, Paula Poundstone has written a wonderful and uplifting book. So much imperfection combined with so much hope, work and love. I remember Paula Poundstone's comedy from a long time ago. I saw this book in the new at Audible section and am glad to have bought it. Paula's been busy and is one of the people who does what she can to make this world a better place. The book is realistic, yet inspirational.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie Bieber 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    I loved this book so much! I felt like I had a friend talking to me for seven hours. I had a big smile on my face or was laughing the whole time. I was sad to have it end. Bravo Paula Poundstone! Hope to see you in Santa Monica real soon.

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    D D H 05-25-17
    D D H 05-25-17
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    "I like Paula much less"

    I have been a Paula Poundstone fan for probably 20 years therefore I knew that she was quirky and had gone through some troubles in her life. However certain portions of this book made me really dislike her as a human being specifically the treatment of her children and her pets. In the 1 chapter where they all watch TV for an entire day Paula was particularly crappy to her kids, impatient, not understanding, and the entire scene made me very uncomfortable. And if somebody is going to have more than 10 cats, or even one cat, they should probably try paying attention to them which it's clear that Miss Poundstone does not do. Ultimately I walked away from this book no longer liking Paula, because she's no longer quirky, instead to me she just comes off as horribly broken, totally incapable and probably shouldn't have children. I know that sounds harsh and I struggled with writing this review But ultimately if you are a fan of hers I would say skip this so that you can live in ignorant Bliss.

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    Lynne 05-24-17
    Lynne 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    I loved this book! Paula's quirky experiments to find happiness are exactly the kind of experiments I'd love to try if I had the imagination! A fun read!

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