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Joyann Sanz-agero

St. Louis, MO | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • The Barbarian Nurseries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Héctor Tobar
    • Narrated By Frankie J. Alvarez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With The Barbarian Nurseries, Héctor Tobar gives our most misunderstood metropolis its great contemporary novel, taking us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams, and ambitions.

    David says: "A modern classic for 21st century Los Angeles"
    "Interesting and Entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Barbarian Nurseries again? Why?

    Hector nailed this story about the taciturn, but extremely competent housekeeper, Ariceli, from Mexico who had worked hard to keep the house clean for her Orange County employers who had a penchant to overspend, which finally caused the camel's back to break. The lives of the Torres-Thompsons Family and their mistakes along with the wrong-decisions made for the right reasons by their housekeeper-pushed-nanny made a lot of changes in both their lives. Listened to it a lot which is the same as can't put it down.. Reader was excellent too. Reminded me a little of some of T.C Boyles' books like Tortilla Curtain. Good book.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character, of course, was Ariceli.

    What about Frankie J. Alvarez’s performance did you like?

    His ability to smoothly transition from the Spanish used to the English. The steady speed of the words and not over-emoting.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    It's not literature, but it is a story about illegals who often go unfeatured in books today, though they are talked about constantly in the political world of the news.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    John says: "Not everyone's glass of Scotch Neat"
    "Why Do Authors Narrate Their Novels?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret History to be better than the print version?

    I can't answer that since I listened to the book in almost its entirety. I know that Donna's narration did not improve my enjoyment of the tale. It is a first person account by one of the characters, and he is male, as are most of the main characters, That character is from Plano, CA, not Missisippi. Also the voice of Bunny and his character were so annoying, I even wanted to kill him within the first hour of the book. I guess that's the point of story. Some people deserve to be dead.

    If you’ve listened to books by Donna Tartt before, how does this one compare?

    I read the Goldfinch, or rather listened to it, and thought that male reader was excellent, as was the story.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think I have answered that question already. Donna found from the reviews from this book that a female author, or most authors just should leave the reading to the specialists.the narration interferes with the enjoyment of the story, which is quirky to say the least, but involving.

    If you could rename The Secret History, what would you call it?

    Sorry. No title comes to mind. At Play in Ivy-covered Walls?i

    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Goldfinch much more. This story was too single-faceted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Scary Story, Fears of a 1984 Blossom"
    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really listened to this almost non-stop, though I was annoyed by the reader, who read too fast, and there was no way to slow it down without distorting the voice. It is scary to think that young college graduates like the 'heroine' of this novel can acquire millions of followers through messaging, and photographing everything. In this modern world of cameras on city-streets and at every traffic light, smartphones that are everywhere, the Google-glasses, Insta-grams, Twitter, and everything we do online ourselves with Facebook and Amazon, and the fact that what we do on these internet connected sites is being watched, it is a credible step to The Circle.

    What did you like best about this story?

    How fast one single young woman is persuaded that she was important to the world scheme of her bosses, and how she was an important entity in connecting the world through a Google-like private company. Lots of people already believe that positioning of cameras is essential to preventing crimes, or at least apprehending criminals already. Is transparency a good thing, or not?

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I was caught up in it, and for the first time couldn't stop listening, though I found the speed of the narrator a shade fast for my old ears. Just a shade too fast, as I understand the need to move it along.

    If you could rename The Circle, what would you call it?

    That name is good enough. I am not clever enough to think of another.

    Any additional comments?

    I will not reveal any of the most important, dramatic happenings. You will have to read it yourself to see how the story evolves, or devolves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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