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M. E. Wagner

MEW

Altamonte Springs, FL | Member Since 2011

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  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1271)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Predictable, but still enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story line is really cute with the childhood hatred of each other. I actually did have a friend read it and she too knew what was going to happen at the end within the first few chapters, but we still liked it as a fluff novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The one part where the performer starts screeching trying to convey emotion was just awful. I get there was supposed to be a lot of emotion, but when it's right in your ear it's just annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord's Fall: Elder Races, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (733)

    Before she met Dragos, half-human half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now, she's mated, pregnant, and heading south to repair the Wyr's frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners, in more places than just the bedroom. In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be.

    Angela says: "Loved, loved, loved it!"
    "Love This Couple!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Dragos and Pia are by far my favorite couple in the elder races series. Their dynamic is hilarious and makes for an interesting mix no matter what situation theyre in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord's Fall?

    When Dragos comes to save Pia and the Elves from the fire.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Pia wakes up to find everyone asleep and she sarcastically wakes everyone up.


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

    The begining of time has come to this.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that it feels like she tried to cram too much into one book. The book could have easily been a few hours longer. Towars the end I felt like she was trying to wrap up sooooo much that she jumped time and scenes quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm's Heart: Elder Races Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1103)

    During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne. Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. He's sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story!!"
    "Not My Favorite in the Series, but Very Good"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The characters were already well established in the first book and you kinda knew what you were in for even with their brief disagreement. Tiago seems to be the only who really has an understanding of their relationship while she is clueless 90% of the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I know that this book was mostly about her becoming the dark fae queen and going to the capitol, but the first book managed to do everything and encorporate a lot of romance. She was so closed off and trying to push him away while having her own melt downs that it tip toed on the line to annoying.


    What about Sophie Eastlake’s performance did you like?

    All the characters has polar opposite voices and it made it very easy to figure out who was saying what.


    Did Storm's Heart inspire you to do anything?

    It made me want to read the next book in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Grave’s End: Night Huntress, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (3297)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2372)

    It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

    Anumet says: "Sucks you in. (Pun intended)"
    "Growth for the characters, but not as much romance"
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    If you could sum up At Grave’s End in three words, what would they be?

    Growth, Inner Battles


    What other book might you compare At Grave’s End to and why?

    This one is really about the world that they are living in - because they are already established as a couple - so it stands out as rather unique.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Bones is always my favorite, his accent is so specific you know exactly when he enters a room.


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

    Things will change.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (988)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "A New Take for Supernatural"
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    Would you listen to Jacob again? Why?

    I loved the relationship between the main characters. It was something different in how the world is set up and how the characters ended up in our world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacob?

    The initial meeting when she is looking out the window. It's such a simple way to meet, but really works well.


    What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was great at being able to switch accents quickly. Each character was so distinct and the emotions really came through.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several time I started laughing because the characters in the world just act ridiculous, but it fits more than if they acted normally.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Serpent's Kiss: Elder Races Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (907)

    In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling - without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

    ducksandruns says: "My Favorite of the Series!"
    "Important to the series but so hard to get through"
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    What would have made Serpent's Kiss better?

    I love Rune, but the intro for Carling from the previous book just did not make me like her. She does grow and become a likable person for me towards the end, but it was literally a struggle for me to get through. It was all about the science and Carling through 80% of the book and Rune became almost unlikable with her through the begining. Really for me it was the characters and the dynamic in the begining is what made it bad for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I already finished the next in the series and ADORE it! I'm glad I read this one though because otherwise I'd be lost in book 4.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the end I loved it when Rune and Carling faced down the Elder Tribunal.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was really disappointed in this book through 80% because it just didn't have that electric pull like the rest. Usually I can get through an Elder Races book in 2 days or less, this one took me 2 weeks. I just couldn't develop that connection to the character Carling.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an important book to the series overall so I recommend reading it for that reason alone. The ending is extremely good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5316)
    Performance
    (3657)
    Story
    (3674)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Benoibe says: "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"
    "I'm now addicted to this series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Halfway to the Grave the most enjoyable?

    The build of the characters with Bones and Cat. They really are complex characters and as you get to know them you get to understand their reasoning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cat. I feel like I've been in her place a few times and she's a great relatable character - even though it's a fantasy genre.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Bones. The accent threw me off at first, but now I can't imagine anything else for him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The humor Bones had and a few of Cats bone headed reactions made me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1510)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "One of my absolute favorites"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It has a different feeling from the traditional romance novels. I love the main character for her quick wit and loyalty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Seduce a Scot?

    When everyone finally understood why she had not talked for 3 years.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she got back on the horse to save him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot when she was not talking. She was so firey that I loved to see how she would try to get her point across.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that really confused me is the girl on the cover is a brunette, but then they describe her as a blonde. Though I do prefer this cover to the one that is on the actual hard copy book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Ask Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty White
    • Narrated By Betty White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (309)

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....

    Martha says: "A delightful visit"
    "Classic Betty"
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    Would you listen to If You Ask Me again? Why?

    I love the way Betty tells her stories. She talks about things anyone can relate to and laugh at the jokes again and again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Betty talks about her age and the things she finds funny about them.


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

    "Betty at her best."


    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
    (9092)
    Performance
    (6622)
    Story
    (6661)

    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.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Quickest Long Audio Book in a Long Time"
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    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, compelling, intriguing.


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    I think it takes its backbones from the grand daddy of them all Romeo and Juliet. It's a classic two people are attracted to each other who shouldn't be and everything gets complicated because of that. However, the supernatural elements and the way the author mixes in numerous historical moments make it completely unique.


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The French accent was so well done when he got mad. It made me laugh out loud and she was just great at doing emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ususally with long books I tend to drift in and out and lose interest. This one always made me want to keep listening. I was hooked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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