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Rebecca Hosford

Springfield, MO USA
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  • The Warlord Wants Forever

  • Immortals After Dark, Book 1
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his bride, the one woman who can "blood" him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body - and soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Petkoff made me buy it

  • By S. Fornera on 10-08-16

A good beginning

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Warlord Wants Forever to be better than the print version?

Yes, mostly because Robert Petkoff could make the phone book sexy.

What other book might you compare The Warlord Wants Forever to and why?

Deep Kiss of Winter. Both target some of the worst issues that can happen in a relationship, but just can't hold my interest as some of Cole's other books. This is because both books have the men growing up but the women hardly changing at all.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Myst forgives Nikoli. Nothing like a round of goul carnage and the rescue of a general in distress to bring a couple together.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I'm so happy this was redone with Robert Petkoff. The last one was just a mess.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Agatha Raisin, retired PR supremo, has been spurned at the alter by the man of her dreams - her attractive neighbor James Lacey. So temporarily deserting the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsely, she pursues her fleeing fiancé to north Cyprus where, instead of enjoying a romantic honeymoon, they witness the killing of an obnoxious tourist in a disco. Can the duo forget their differences and resume their strangely successful sleuthing partnership?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • . . . Off on a Rabbit Trail . . . to Cyprus

  • By Debbie on 10-18-16

Addictive and Irritating

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist the most enjoyable?

Agatha finally stood up to James! Yay, I really find it hard to pity the guy.

What other book might you compare Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist to and why?

Any other in the series, it truly is one of a kind.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene, not because it was finished but because James was the one waiting like a sad puppy for once.

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

A lot of rage. These characters were somewhat likeable together, but when they fight wish I could smack some sense into them sometimes.

Any additional comments?

A peak in the series. Finally there is some, a nanometer really, of personal growth in our main character. Hopefully the next book doesn't have her backsliding.

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  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses

  • Read by the Cast of the Stage Play
  • By: Choderlos de Laclos
  • Narrated by: Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,358

From the sumptuous private drawing rooms of 18th-century Paris to the decadent estates and chateaus of the French countryside, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont hatch a long-distance plan of vengeance and seduction. Valmont is determined to conquer the famously pious Madame de Tourvel, whose husband is abroad on business. However, Merteuil has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost better than the movie

  • By David on 02-02-16

Intrigue of the era

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

If you could sum up Les Liaisons Dangereuses in three words, what would they be?

Cousin Better Reworked

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

The tangled web of revenge spoiling innocent love.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Each narrator captured their character flawlessly.

  • Undeath and Taxes

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series #2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403

After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected - he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, novel, creative, and fun

  • By Shannon Carty on 10-05-16

Sweet and Awkward

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

What did you love best about Undeath and Taxes?

The fact that it is multiple stories in one book and each one is more interesting than the last.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Alpha of the Region, the way he is with his daughter makes me feel things I thought died some time ago.

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

A sense of ease in the story, he doesn't rush it or act like he's reading a phone book. He sets an easy pace to let the listener absorb the story's details and shows each character's individual personality.

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

Every time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bricking It

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,195

When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother's derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true. All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit! Except - as anyone who has renovated an old house knows - things are never that easy. The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling...and then there's the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • coarse, predictable

  • By THRIFTY LAWYER on 06-20-16

Almost busted a gut laughing

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

What made the experience of listening to Bricking It the most enjoyable?

The fact that I can actually see these sort of messed up misadventures happening in real life. From finding troubling secrets of family past to somehow setting recreational marijuana accidentally in a bonfire.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bricking It?

When our remodelers find a bundle of disturbing, ancient sex toys in the chimney.

What does Napoleon Ryan and Heather Wilds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The two play off each other very well, managing to establish their own voice in the story without overpowering the other.

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

As previously stated, I nearly busted a gut laughing. If you're feeling blue, put this on for about fifteen minutes and it might do the same for you.

Any additional comments?

Inappropriate and yet completely dead on when it comes to the action and reaction of a group of people stuck in...well I'll admit it...the skeleton of a house. Some thoughts of philosophy, personal growth, and the reestablishment of family bonds in the weirdest of ways. Even without the stealth ninja cow.

  • The Seventh Bride

  • By: T. Kingfisher
  • Narrated by: Kaylin Heath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Young Rhea is a miller's daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don't turn down lords - no matter how sinister they may seem - Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement. Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Story

  • By Amber on 03-13-16

Did not expect to like it

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Seventh Bride to be better than the print version?

Never read the book.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the challenges that gave the book the sort of thrill I had only previously experienced by watching Pan's Labyrinth.

Which character – as performed by Kaylin Heath – was your favorite?

The Cook

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

The scene where the team of hedgehogs help our heroine in her first challenge.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,711

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Surprisingly Amazing

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

What did you love best about The Night Circus?

How the book somehow keeps separate stories in separate timelines flowing smoothly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

Any of the scenes that describe what was held in the tents.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Bailey and Poppet meet as adults.

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

Yes yes and again yes!

Any additional comments?

If this book is ever made into a movie Cirque du Solei has to come in for choreography otherwise it will Never have the sense of wonder in those pages.

  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,224

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

Another great one

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Excellently cast and written. It had me smiling, laughing, and even crying a little. It's the sort of book that makes you feel as if you're growing up with the characters alongside the hero, and any loss or joy they feel is your own.

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Funny and somehow realistic

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Honestly this author seems to have a more realistic idea of what a "normal" person would do during a paranormal experience. We all think we could be cool and handle such an experience, but Moore's books point out how a person would not only freak out and make mistakes, they would epically freak out and make mistakes on a cataclysmic scale.
The story is sweet with relatable events while throwing in action and laughs with a few old friends. Give it a listen, you won't regret it.

  • On Stranger Tides

  • Pirates of the Caribbean, Book 4
  • By: Disney Press
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

He's been cursed, left for dead, and deposited at the world's end. Now the infamous pirate Captain Jack Sparrow sets sail on stranger tides for his most dangerous voyage yet - to the fabled Fountain of Youth. On this doomed quest, Jack will meet a lost love - the gorgeous but mysterious pirate Angelica - and be held prisoner on the horrifying Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship captained by the evil and dreaded Blackbeard!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the story is not complete really disappointed

  • By Larry on 01-28-18

Unfinished

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

What would have made On Stranger Tides better?

Actually finish the thing instead of cutting off in the middle.

Has On Stranger Tides turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, great pitch and tone.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Why was the story with Philip and Serena cut out.? That was the coolest part.