The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
Date Read: March 2015
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 see 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 L.A., 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.
Publisher: Kensington Books, Tantor
Series: Call of Crows #1
Also by this author: The Mane Event, The Undoing br> br>
Also in this series: The Undoing
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston was a ton of fun and I FREAKING LOVED Kera!
Quick Thoughts: Here is what you need to know: YES there are a ton of characters and I had to listen to the first part twice to keep them straight. YES this is the most no-nonsense leading lady I have read in forever and quite frankly it was gosh darn refreshing (talking no drama, no TSTL, straight forward, and ballsy). YES her leading man is just as no-nonsense and totally swoon-worthy (though in a totally adorkable way he is the more unsure of the two in the romance department). YES you will love the dog! The characters are fantastic and the twist Shelley put on mythology was downright perfect for this story. Don’t read it if you have “set in stone” ideas of Vikings, Crows, Valkyries etc but do read it if you are open to a new twist on old mythology. Seriously, just downright a ton of fun! I WANT MORE NOW!
Narrated By Johanna Parker /Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
Johanna pretty much nailed this narration: accents, pacing, humor, and emotion. It took a wee bit to get used to the Ravens accents but really that was on me not the narrator. IF you have problems listening to audiobooks with a bunch of accents (this one has valley girl to Norsemen)then you should read this. Though honestly, I think Johanna added to the story and I will be continuing this in audio.
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Review
1% #Listening I am going to like the leading lady–her one condition is she won’t leave her dog! She is going to be my spirit character LOL”
9% “#Listening I had to relisten to the first part a couple of times—holy total number of characters batman.”
80% #Listening Now that I have got all the characters straight (and holy hell batman there are a LOT of characters), I am really digging this world. Seriously it is fun, interesting, and creative. Yes there is some (or a lot) of mythology twisting but it is done in a very cool and unique way 🙂
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