The Warlord Wants Forever Audiobook by Kresley Cole (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Wardlor Wants Forever
Kresley Cole

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On November 22, 2016
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The Warlord Wants Forever Audiobook

By: Kresley Cole

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 09/20/16

The Warlord Wants Forever Audiobook by Kresley Cole

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Immortals After Dark #1

4 hrs and 27 mins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

The Warlord Wants Forever Audiobook Sample

The Warlord Wants Forever Audiobook

4 Hearts

Immortals After Dark is a series that I’ve loved for a long time. I started out reading the books back in 2010. I don’t think I was even listening to audiobooks at that time (or wasn’t listening a lot, anyway). I quickly fell in love with this series. Once I picked up the audiobooks for IAD, I fell even further. Robert Petkoff is amazing at narrating this series. He does a great job with the accents, women, snark, sex scenes, everything. For some reason, he was not the narrator of this book. It was done by two people (can’t remember who). I never tried them. I have no idea how good of a job they did or didn’t do. However, when I saw that Robert Petkoff was narrating this updated copy of The Warlord Wants Forever, I squeed with joy.

As I said, I read this book back in 2010. As I understand it, Kresley Cole has gone back through this story and cleaned it up and included it in the Blood Red Kiss Anthology with Gena Showalter and Larissa Ione. I have no idea of what changes were made. It has been too long since I read the original. I know I liked it in the original and I like it now. I will say that the ability to listen to it now with the narrator for the rest of the series, not to mention a favorite of mine, has made it a much better story for me. Yes, I think Robert Petkoff really adds that much to the story.

Now, onto the actual story. LOL. If you not familiar with this series, it features many different types of immortals; witches, Valkyrie, vampires (two groups, one who drinks blood from people and others who do not take directly from the vein, so don’t get the excessive bloodlust of the first group), werewolves and more. This story is about the non-bloodlust (or good) vamps and a Valkyrie. Cole’s Valkyrie might be one of my favorite supernatural creatures in literature. They are so much fun and very original. They each have three parents, Woden and Freya, and the woman who gives birth to her. They will take some traits from their birth mother along with their god and goddess parents. The feed off lightning and live in a sorority type house. They love gaming and shiny things. Oh, and they LOVE to kill vampires. Can you see where this is going?

Myst the Coveted has been captured by the Hoard (bad vampires). She was being used as bait so that her and her sisters could kill Hoard Vampires. When Nikolai Wroth, a Forbearer (good vampires) finds her, he is immediately intrigued. She does not immediately kill him, because she knew of him when he was still human and had some respect from him from that time. That doesn’t mean it was love at first sight (it never is in a Kresley Cole book). Myst is embarrassed that she is attracted to a vampire. He doesn’t really want a woman who is so independent. But things between to eventually work out.

While this isn’t even near the top of my favorite books in this series. I really enjoyed going back and revisiting time with Myst and Nikolai. It makes me want to start the series over and relisten to all of them.

Before he’d come, she’s been powerless here. She could handle weapons as well as most of her kind, but a sword and bow were not her strengths.
Her preferred weapon was men.
She manipulated them, played with them, made them believe she lived for them alone—in order to have them do her bidding. That was her m.o.
She scooped up her clothes, marched to his door, and yanked it open, then snapped her fingers for a guard. Nikolai merely watched like a bystander.
“Pss, minion. I need these laundered. Very little starch. Don’t just stand there gawking, or you’ll anger my good frenemy General Wroth. We’re like this.” She twined two fingers together.
Once she’d foisted her laundry on the guard, she closed the door and dramatically leaned back against it—as if to say, You can’t get away from me now. Then she glided over to him.

“Not that I believe actual vampires are here,” Regin said, “but if they were, they should know that New Orleans is our turf.” She tossed her blade up, caught the point in her claw then flicked it up once more.
“Show we ask them to rumble? Or most mash?” Nïx asked as she braided her waist-length black hair. Even sporting the old-fashioned hairstyle and an often confused glance—she saw the future more clearly than the present—Nïx still looked like a supermodel.
“We can always send Mysty the Vampire Layer to battle them,” Nïx said thoughtfully. “Oh, wait—she’d run off with them.”
Regin added, “Or used her famed tongue assault to flay their skin—as they line up to sacrifice themselves.:
“Har-de-har-har,” Myst mumbled. She’d been razzed about this nonstop since the episode at Oblack. And she deserved it. She might as well have been caught freebasing with the ghost of Bundy.

The Warlord Wants Forever Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Robert Petkoff did an amazing job with the narration of this book. Nikolai Wroth has an amazing Elbonian accent (I thought it was Russian, but there is a comment in this story that it is Elbonian, not that I would know the difference.). Petkoff did a great job with that accent (he does wonderful Scottish too, which appears in the book following this one. *swoon* ). I also love his voice for ‘ol Nucking Futs Nïx (the name for her because all of her visions have made her crazy).. She is my favorite character, so it is very important that she have a good voice (not to mention that she is in every book in this series). If you haven’t tried Robert Petkoff yet, I highly recommend him. I’ve listened to some of his suspense/thriller books.

Author Kresley Cole

Author Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.


Robert Petkoff Narrator

Robert Petkoff

His work off-Broadway includes The New York Premiere of AVOW by Bill Davis, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION and MORE STATELY MANSIONS directed by Ivo Van Hove, the musical BLUE FLOWER at The Prospect Theatre Company and in 2009 he appeared in HAPPINESS at Lincoln Center, directed by Susan Stroman. Sir Peter Hall cast him in the starring role of Algernon in the national tour of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST with Lynn Redgrave, which was produced with the Theatre Royal Bath .


I like to thanks Simon & Schuster Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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MLSimmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I have not had the chance to listen to this narrator but I’ve heard amazing things about him. I really enjoyed this story and it made the rest of the series an auto-buy for me.

    • You really need to try this series on audio. Robert Petkoff is amazing. He also has some great thrillers that I’ve read.

  2. Oh I haven’t read this series either, I need more time in a day. I think I’ll put that in my letter to Santa. LOL Great review Melanie!

    • I know the feeling. There are so many books/series that I still want to try too.

  3. I love this series too but never managed to read this one. I think at the time it was marketed as a .5 maybe? and I didnt’ read those or something like that. I need to go and check it out 😀

    • I’ve seen this listed as 1 and as .5. Ii wasn’t sure exactly which is the “official” number is. It isn’t a full length story, so I think that is why some aren’t listing it as book one. It is the first book of the series.

  4. We’re on the same wavelength or something, I just listened to one of the books in this series <3 Glad you enjoyed this one!! I need to grab the rest of these in audio, at least the ones I haven't listened to yet. LOVE this narrator!

    • *high fives* I’m so glad that they revisited this one with Petkoff. He is so amazing.

  5. Though I’m listening to podcasts, I can now appreciate the power of a good narrator/voice actors. It does wonders for the story!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Agree. A good narrator can make or break a story. I haven’t tried podcasts yet.

  6. I need to try this author and I really need to get a book with this narrator he sounds great! 🙂

    • This is a really fun PNR series with action and snark. This narrator has also done some great thrillers that I’ve read too.

  7. Love when you can find a great series and narration! So glad this series is still going strong for you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Happy Thanksgiving to you too. This is a favorite series of mine. Great narration and snark.

  8. Oh yes! Something to look forward to when I get around to the audio version.

    I love this series and I recently read the Blood Red Kiss antho. I couldn’t pick out any differences, either. Too long since the first time.

    • I hope you get a chance at the audiobook. Petkoff really adds to the story.

  9. I love this series, but read it before I started listening to audiobooks. I’m funny about rereading even if the formats are different. The audiobooks probably makes the story Even better.
    Go Valkries!

    • This series is so amazing on audio. After listening to this, I want to relisten to the whole series.

  10. I was a bit lost by the cover I thought it was a new book. I did read a few in the series but I still need to continue I confess.

    • This is a favorite series for me. I just love the snark. Add in Petkoff’s narration, and it is solid for me. 🙂

  11. Hm… okay, I hope this isn’t the second comment…

    I want to start this series from the beginning and I’ve read a few books within the series out of order. This one sounds like a great addition to the series. I have heard Peter’s narration and I do like his work. Yea, I’m sold! 🙂

    • If you want to start the series from the beginning, this one would be it. I’ve seen it listed as #1 and #0.5. This series works okay if you read it out of order.

  12. I didn’t realize she edited the story for the anthology. I didn’t re-read it when the anthology came out earlier this year, since I had read it a few years ago.

    I’ve read the first 4-5 books, and someday, I plan to pick it back up in audiobook format. I’ve heard it’s well done.

    • I have no idea what was done. I think just some clean up. I didn’t notice the changes, but I did hear that it was edited again. I think you will really like Petkoff’s narration.

  13. What?!?! Petkoff is now narrating this one? Woohoo!!! I read this one – since I started with A Hunger Like No Other narrated by Petkoff and I didn’t want to listen to anyone but him. I’ll have to go back and listen to this one now. It’s not my favorite in the series but I bet I like it more with Petkoff reading it to me. 😀

    • I skipped this one on audio because he didn’t narrate it too. I was so excited to hear that he was tackling this story. Now they are all done by him. Yay!!!

  14. The Valkries Cole writes are amazing. I think they really are a big part I love this series!

    • I love the Valkyries too. You can’t find a character that is more fun than Nucking Futs Nix. LOL

  15. That must be a great experience to go back to a first book in a series you love and get to listen to it narrated by one of your favorite narrators.
    I’ve only read a few books with Valkyries in them, but it sounds like they are pretty interesting in this series. And even though this wasn’t the best book in the series, it’s still nice to go back to the first book in a series that you love.

    • This series is full of snark. I love the Valkyries. I also like that there are many other supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, witches and more. I really did love revisiting this book. Makes me want to relisten to the whole series.

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