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Nicole Wagner

California | Member Since 2008

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  • 10 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 624 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • The Magic of You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, young Amy Malory has reached marriageable age, and she has set her amorous sights on a most unsuitable mate: the handsome, straightlaced ship's captain who once nearly had her uncle James hung for piracy. An overpowering yearning for the young woman threatens to defeat the captain's defiant heart and stoke the fires of a perilous family feud.

    Marian says: "Those wonderful Mallorys"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    Best to listen to this book if you are very familiar with the Mallory saga. Otherwise it gets very long to listen to characters you don't know have their own side story. I know them so the story was great.

    I know the narrator was just doing her best but I do have to say I cringed when ever she did the Chinese accent. It was akin to putting on black face paint and singing "Mameee" or "Ol' man river".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35896)
    Performance
    (26900)
    Story
    (27285)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "A schizophrenic nightmare...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't have been able to get through the print version. This type of story isn't my usual taste.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catniss. She was the only character with depth.


    What about Carolyn McCormick???s performance did you like?

    She read it just fine but there was a few recording glitches and background noises.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is good. However it reminds me of what schizophrenic person must feel when off their meds: People always watching, magical parachutes falling from the sky, grandiose skills. If it wasn't an audible book I couldn't have done this story. I liked it, but there were believability issues I needed to suspend in order to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10259)
    Performance
    (7704)
    Story
    (7749)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "This is about as dull as it gets"
    Overall

    So tedious. I hated this book so much that I am angry at my self for continuing to give it "just a few more minutes" of my valuable ear time. This story was so pointless! .Yoga for vampires, wine tasting, and tea making! Was she joking?! This book was insulting really. There was no attempt to connect with the reader at all. Also, the vapid research the author obviously did made me just want to cry for her wasted time. I hate this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust of Yesterday: Haunting Hearts Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lynn Kurland
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    Genevieve Buchanan inherited a castle—and a ghost to go along with it. But Kendrick de Piaget was no typical ghost. He was a handsome and infuriatingly arrogant 13th-century knight. At first, he wanted to frighten Genevieve, though she was more charmed than scared by his ghostly tricks. But when his thoughts turned to wooing her instead, Genevieve had to face her greatest fear: falling in love.

    Nancy says: "One of my favorites"
    "Things an adult does"
    Overall

    There are stages of development that adults pass through before they are 30. It is important that we go through these developmental stages or something is perhaps wrong. I didn't care for this book because it didn't ring true in the face of human realities. The character is naive in way that doesn't make sense unless she has been exposed to a sheltered super ultra religious compound in which all women are sequestered. Which she has not been. I know that this is a paranormal romance but I can't be expected to suspend all understanding of humanity.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5721)
    Performance
    (4422)
    Story
    (4433)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Good Story but...."
    Overall

    While the story was very good and the jokes were funny the out and out stealing from the Sookie Stackhouse books is too much. It just bothers me so much I can't let myself just enjoy. If you can just ignore that little detail then it is fine.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: House of Night Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (815)

    Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change - and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx.

    Tizroc says: "Warning, *Young adult*"
    "I am too old for this one"
    Overall

    I am too old to get into this magical type thinking. YA novels generally stem from the idea that "You see, I wasn't just a dork. I was actually someone special all along. And all those adults really are stupid and I really do know it all." And as I am an adult now I understand the world very differently. I have no interest in going back to a different stage in my life. This book is aimed for the under 18.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Knight in Shining Armor

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Stephanie Zimbalist
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Dougless Montgomery tried to be the ultimate American woman -- but somehow she always ended up the victim of family jokes. This time they would really laugh. On what was supposed to be a romantic vacation for herself and her lover, Dougless finds instead a journey of disappointment, heartbreak and abandonment. What Dougless needed now was a knight in shining armor. What she got was just exactly that!

    Kim-Marie says: "I LOVED this book"
    "Abridged version leaves much to be desired."
    Overall

    I love this book. I hate how it was chopped into bits. Only worth listening too if you want to be reminded how good reading the book was and not to enjoy the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book Three: Ashes to Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (154)

    "Being a vampire is a life-or-death situation. When I was first turned, I had only my survival to worry about. Now I'm locked in a battle for the existence of the entire human race - and the cards are definitely stacked against me."

    Henry says: "Vampire done right!"
    "Thank GOD for the new narrator"
    Overall

    I hated the voices used by the last narrator. This was much better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Avenged: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1237)

    J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a "different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing" (All About Romance) world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested - and his dangerous mixed blood revealed.

    cmclien says: "One of my favorites so far!"
    "Story aside, lets discuss sound quality"
    Overall

    You can hear when the recording stops and restarts because the quality of the voice is different And most annoying is that pauses between passages and sentences are demolished by poor editing. It is like the narrator is talking over himself. The narrator is not to blame. He does a fine job. It is definitely the person mixing or editing the thing.

    Story is OK. I can break it down for you. Wrong guy and the perfect girl get together after a very brief and uncomplicated courtship. If you were hoping this was a romance book you would be mistaken. The romance obviously must bore the author because she spends very little time on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3244)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2125)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Great book, author is maybe not the best"
    Overall

    This book required someone who was comfortable with using hip-hop slang easier. He sounded like white bread toast, no butter.

    He was proficient but not enticing.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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