The Unleashing : Call of Crows

  • by Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by Johanna Parker
  • Series: Call of Crows
  • 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even have seen her die. In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig "Vig" Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life - but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the marines. But Vig can't give up on someone as special as Kera.
With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for LA, survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera's discipline, Vig's loyalty...and the Crows' sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Bad narration/production great read.

once again Shelly Laurenston gets a sub par narrator. Heavy breathing and not knowing the difference between an exclamation point and a period or a coma make for an barely tolerable listen. I trudge through only because it's a Laurenston sucks to anticipate listening to a book through 10 hours of a work day only to have bad narration taint the experience.
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- Amazon Customer

Too Violent for this Reader

While I generally enjoy Shelly Laurenston books -- she is more than capable with characterization and using her words and grammar and creating scenes you can 'see' -- this series is just too violent for me. The characters are sociopathic in their ability to switch from ripping someone to pieces with as much pain as possible and then chatting about their daily lives and how much they like dogs. I'm not making judgments, other than for myself. And yes, a couple of the characters have their humanity intact.

Other than this tendency for many of the characters to disregard others' suffering (see the above comment about scenes the reader can 'see'), I think this series is better-written than some of her others. She does a terrific job of keeping her characters true to themselves as established, rather than having them act randomly to drive the story. (I really need this in a book.)

The narrator is, as always, splendid. The male characters sound like men -- maybe not with depth of voice but with tone and, for lack of a better word, attitude. That is in part the author's doing, but to me, some narrators can make men just seem manly... sorry, cannot explain it better.

So, your mileage may vary. I am in favor of all kinds of books, even those I do not choose to read. Unless this type of thing may be trigger for you, you might want to give it a try.
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- Aryn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio