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Julie Schatz

San Jose, CA United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 154 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13489)
    Performance
    (5893)
    Story
    (5970)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "loved it"
    Overall

    a well woven tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5173)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1405)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "a powerful story beautifully written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I nearly didn't read this book because I wasn't all the keen after reading "The Kite Runner" (Amir drove me crazy with his ineptitude.). But I'm so glad a friend convinced me to read it. Powerful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (777)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    Jamie says: "Greatly entertaining, not for all audiences."
    "Hilarious... and stunning at times"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You will laugh out loud - and I mean LOUD - at parts. At other parts I gasped at how this family talks to each other and some of the situations. Overall, I loved the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (235)

    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
    "a must read for all citizens of US"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hand it to the Rolling Stone mag. for giving their journalists the freedom to write. Taibbi's Griftopia is well researched and organized. His expressions are colorful (often funny) and appropriate for the most part.

    I've read a number of books in the aftermath of 2008-09 market disaster (Too Big Too Fail, Crisis Economics, The Big Short, When Markets Collide), each covers the crisis from a different perspective. Taibbi's book exposes the insidiousness of the corruption between Wall Street and Washington. And he does it with style.

    Truly this is a read for all citizens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan of Arc

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Very few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. He spent 12 years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell

    Donald says: "Henry V's challenger & 100 year war come alive"
    "fascinating"
    Overall

    I have been reading a number of biographies and histories recently. I was raised Catholic and certainly heard of Joan of Arc, but never knew her story and the context. Twain did a wonderful job telling her story and it's a fascinating one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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