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Joyann Sanz-agero

St. Louis, MO
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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,994

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Boring! Deadly Dull

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I can't stand this book. Will they take it back? Why do I find it dull? I don't care about the person telling the story. I don't care about her or her lost daughter. It is just factually boring about this younger child who never came home from school. Even the police don't care. The mother might as well be reading about an umbrella she left on the bus. Flat and dull.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Abduction

  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an internet geek-turned-billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie’s soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother Elizabeth arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collected Gracie. But Gracie has no uncle - she was kidnapped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Story, Disappointing Narration

  • By R. Warren on 06-29-13

Too convoluted!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

It got bogged down with so much that happened to Ben Bryce, the Vietnam War, and lots of detaile that were just background that seemed superfluous. The John Bryce character was so dull. I enjoyed Gracie the daughter. Elizabeth Bryce was such a bitch, and then the author had to involve us in some weird story of how she had had a terrible abduction happen to her. Trying to keep track of all the villains from the past and how they were related to the abduction of Gracie was a forever job. Then the author decided towards the end to throw in how believing in God, Chuch, and a reason for all people to be connected just was over the top. The narrator at times was as bored with it as I was. Speed up the audio. Waste of time.

  • Into the Darkest Corner

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,109

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH

  • By Betty on 06-05-12

Redundant Sexual Assault Story

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I was going to give up after two hours, but I had just returned another book so I read a review that said to hang in there until after four hours, it would then get more interesting. It did. A little. I finally figured our that the heroine was telling us a story that was separated in time by four or five years. It was about women who worked and went out nights to find boyfriends...and the amount of casual sex in dark hallways was deemed very romantic by these young women. Whew! Then it turns out that our heroine hooked up with a nice looking bloke who was such a catch...other friends were envious. Talk about candidates for #MeToo persons. Anyway...I would not recommend this book to anyone. Read at your own risk. By the way, the narrator had one accent and one level of pitch...male or female.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,486

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Off the track

  • By James Ray on 06-28-18

A Penny to Spend ? No!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Warning there may be more in this review that reveals more than you want to know. I tried listening to this book. I knew almost from the beginning that this was not going to be a good Stephen King for me.. I have given it 33% and between the story-line, and Will Patton and his whispering, I have given up. I will be asking Audible to take this book back. Too many characters, too many children murdered, too many incredible descriptions of impossible characters, all of whom seem periphal, and a character, Holly, that is trying to convince me and the people who base our lives in reason that somehow this whole book and its killer is based on supernatural. Well, no! At first, I thought we were going to spend the whole book finding out how the accused good guy was not the horrible killer of an eleven year old boy, and I was right. I didn't know that the killer was going to have some kind of supernatural kinship. So, I am returning this book, and part of is the inability of my Kindle Joy or my Alexa Echo to make the voice of Will Patton to be louder than annoying whisper, often raspy. No! I guess when one gets to be 82 and have read a ton of books and listened to a ton, it takes something really outstanding to make me want to hang in there and listen to either this or other books that I try to get into, but find they are either a bore, or impossible to believe. I do love Audible.com and my membership in it. I love that the fact that they accept my returns and let me try once again. And once again and once again!

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of Koontz

  • By Todd S on 09-27-17

I Knew a Spoonbender Claims Psychic Abilities

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

If you could sum up Spoonbenders in three words, what would they be?

A Family with special abilities that though I am skeptical about psychic powers of having credence in reality, it does make for an entertaining story. I had known that the military had indeed been involved in trying to develop a counter espionage group to combat the one that it was thought Russia was utilizing. Light story with suspenseful story-line.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spoonbenders?

Memorable moment? Won't say as much of this story is dependent on what we find out about the Telemachus family and their special abilities, or not.

Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

Irene . Teddy's daughter, or Frankie, his son.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book was amusing and the characters were not the kind that would move me. Just enjoyed the story. I worried about all of them surviving.

Any additional comments?

I don't like boys who are nicknamed Mattie... The sex of the boy becomes ambiguous as I had to remind myself that it was not...Maddie...a nickname for Martha or Madeleine?

  • Never Let You Go

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with ending

  • By BonSue on 04-21-17

A Romance Masquerades as Suspense Story?

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Would you try another book from Chevy Stevens and/or Rachel Fulginiti and Caitlin Davies ?

Probably not, I could not finish this book when I discovered it wasn't a mystery, but just a book about a woman who is trying to get away from a husband who became a drinker and a brute who preferred terrorizing his wife and child.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know but I am looking for a good suspenseful novel that may include people who are not victimized by brutal men.

What about Rachel Fulginiti and Caitlin Davies ’s performance did you like?

Well, for the material they did as good a job that actors can do.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Never Let You Go?

I didn't read it all. I liked the beginning but that was about that for the next several chapters. Then I quit.

Any additional comments?

When something has no suspense or other attributes to entertain and involve the reader, I quit.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Two Days Gone

  • A Ryan DeMarco Mystery
  • By: Randall Silvis
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now. What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and best-selling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is AMAZING!

  • By Samantha on 02-02-17

Stuck with It In Spite of Narrator Problems

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

Would you listen to Two Days Gone again? Why?

No.. This was a good police detective story, but hey, too many books and too many authors. I might try a different Ryan De Marco mystery again, hopefully with a a different narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Two Days Gone?

There were several interesting points to me about the plot. That the suspected murderer of his family was a college professor of writing, a man who was a well-known established author was interesting, especially since the book that he was involved in writing was to be related to Lolita by Nabovkov and to Poe through Annabelle Lee made it literary in nature. I have read Lolita, of course, and several of Poe's novels and his poems are familiar as well. Psychological elements of why a character may do something dreadful like the murders in this case appeal to me.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He needed to slow his speed down by about 15% especiaily at the beginning as I the listener is trying to get a grip on characters and direction of plot. I had to slow the speed down to 75% for about four chapters, before I could listen to the real recorded speed. Again at the end pacing it a bit slower as we got to the nitty-gritty of action and winding up the threads of the plot would have helped. But, it could be I never have liked people that talk too fast.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Who needs guns to kill when sharp kitchen blades are so handy?

Any additional comments?

I have suggested this to friends who like mystery/detective novels by Michael
Connelly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,968

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Not for people who prefer credible stories.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, it wasn't time well -spent. For a while it was involving. Then. It was repetitious to a point that I was ready to quit, and try another book, and I really should have. Louise and Adele. One got more infuriating than the other. So glad Adam had a dad who cared about him, because Louise was much too interested in herself.. David, the love interest for both Louise and Adele didn't seem as smart as I thought someone with his credentials in the fiield of psychiatry should have been. Dreams don't interest me, even my own at times. Especially the kind this book relies on for hanging the plot on.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Wondering just how Adele was going to get rid of Louise.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, not that I know of. The British accent was easy enough to understand, although the voice of Adele was not to my liking.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO

Any additional comments?

I don't understand why people liked this book so much. I certainly did not.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After Her

  • By: Joyce Maynard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Maynard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

Summer, 1979: A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty - the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke. When we first meet her, Patty is 11 - a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful to listen to, decent story

  • By Krista on 10-17-13

Did I Read It Before? Not Memorable At All

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

What disappointed you about After Her?

It was repetitive. Like a car's tire stuck on ice, kept spinning in the same place, except for the idea that one of sisters might get caught and killed by the serial killer in the area where they liked to play. Over and over the same information. Unbelievable family, too poor, in 1979, to own a TV, but the father was a cop promoted to detective, and he didn't support them? Minute after minute of listening to the author placidly reading the same info over and over and I listening and hopeful. I think I listened to this book before? So boring!, Surely something will happen. Three hours...Nothing!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Well, I don't know some of the reviewers who felt the same way I did about this book, said they couldn't believe how Maynard wrote Labor Day, as they praised it. If I can return this one, maybe I will try it. If the author is not the narrator.

What aspect of Joyce Maynard’s performance would you have changed?

Her performance as narrator was bland. Bland to the point of exasperation. Nothing exciting happened in three to four hours to the main characters. A new neighbor with a dog?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, I couldn't finish, if I ever did nine months ago.

Any additional comments?

Maybe teen girls might like it..

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What She Knew

  • A Novel
  • By: Gilly Macmillan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,788

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Farrell on 02-26-16

Not All That Good!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

What did you like best about What She Knew? What did you like least?

The fact that we have a little boy who goes missing when he and his mother are out for a walk in a park. He disappears. So who got him and why? Was he kidnapped? Will his dead body show up? Where is he? His divorced parents work with the police to do anything that they can to help the authorities find him. We are presented with a number of secondary characters related to the major, but they do not involve us very much. The main character is the mother, Rachel, who, of course, is beside herself with anxiety and fear and then is put upon by the public for having been a careless mother, who allowed her son to run ahead to the slides. But he was eight. She blames herself and so do the unfeeling outsiders. So, the book is about the mother, and a dedicated detective who is determined to find Ben. And that is about it.

Would you recommend What She Knew to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I stuck with the book, because I kept thinking more was going to be forthcoming. But, no, it was a story about a rather neurotic mom and how the police seemed not to be able to learn, or find out much. The reader for Rachel, the mom (and other female voices) was insipid sounding. Annoyingly weak, ineffectual, self-hating, Somewhat more effective in portraying the peripheral females.

What three words best describe Penelope Rawlins and Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ’s performance?

Dugald read his part so fast, I found it hard to follow. Penelope did better on the roles that were not Rachel. So three words, are adequate, blah, and so-so.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO.

Any additional comments?

The story ended. And, then more of the story was told in epilogue. I felt like this was a novel written by a psychologist concerned with mothers and their relationships with a child.
All characters seemed to need therapy.

58 of 70 people found this review helpful