Hunting Season Audiobook by Shelly Laurenston (REVIEW)

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Review of: Hunting Season Audiobook
Shelly Laurenston

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On September 27, 2016
Last modified:September 26, 2016


Hunting Season Audiobook

By: Shelly Laurenston

Narrated by: Alexandra Shawnee

Published by Tantor Media 09/06/16

Hunting Season Audiobook by Shelly Laurenston

Hunting Season Audiobook Sample

Hunting Season Audiobook

3 Hearts

Hunting Season has been on my TBR list for a long time. Needless to say that books that aren’t on audio tend to take me longer to get to. I have so much more time to listen than read. So, when I saw that this was coming out on audio, I jumped at the chance to review it. This book was written in 2009 and there doesn’t appear to be any more book in this series coming. In my opinion, it is because she chose to take this world to Call of the Crows. Now, the author says this is not the case, you can check out her FAQ to read more.

This book is full of Norse mythology. It has a group of humans, who’ve died and been resurrected by Skuld. They become crows, and though they don’t completely shapeshift, they do have wings that they can use at will. All crows are women that Skuld deem worthy. Then there’s the ravens. They are all male. They are born ravens and are loyal to Odin. The crows are quite the party animals. The ravens being much more tame. They also look down on the crows because of their human side. Ravens also have their own wings that they can use when needed.

Neecy Lawrence is the second-in-command of the crows. She had a pretty hard life as a human. She grew up in foster homes, then she join a gang. Needless to say, she did some things she really isn’t proud of while in the gang. She was killed when she tried to leave and that is when Skuld came to her and offered her to be reborn of sorts as a crow. Neecy lives for being a crow. She is trying so hard to make up for past wrongs. She’s also a history professor with a PhD in history. Neecy also has the ability to call crows to her. That does have some funny moments.

Two more crows dived at Mike, freaking the poor kid out.
Then six more.
“Then what the…”
Tye sipped his coffee as Mike did his best to keep the birds away from him. “It’s not Neecy,” he offered casually. “It’s that meat and bird seed I put in his pockets.”
Delia covered her mouth in surprise, but she couldn’t stifle the laughter. Yager shook his head.
They watched as Mike ran to the doors, trying to get in. But, apparently, Tye locked them and seemed in no rush to unlock them.
“He knows why.”
Mike slammed his fist against the thick glass and pointed at Tye while the growing number of birds steadily attacked his coat and therefore him.
“You motherfucker!”
“See?” Tye took another sip of his coffee. “Told you he knows why.”

Wilhelm Yager is the leader of the New York-New Jersey Ravens. He’s also a computer geek (definitely can’t fault him for that. I love a computer geek.). He’s had a thing for Neecy for a while, but she doesn’t give him the time of day. That is until he convinces her to spend 24 hours with him.

While, I really enjoyed the characters in this book, I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot. I liked the crows and ravens. I wasn’t real big on the “hunting season” where a pack of wolf-shifters try to kill all the crows. It just wasn’t the best plot. They weren’t a good villain.

Trying to write the review for this book is difficult for me. Part of me is wanted to just compare it to the Call of the Crows books, but I know not everyone has read them. There is also part of me who is very disappointed in this book. I’ll admit that I went into this book without having read the blurb. I do that frequently with favorite authors. I like to go into books blind. I find that I enjoy them more most of the time because I’m surprised about everything. That was not the case here. I was very disappointed with this story being so similar to a series I’ve already two book in. It was a good book, just not up the standards that I’m used to by Shelly Laurenston (or her other pen name, G.A. Aiken).

Hunting Season Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I didn’t think I had listened to anything by Alexandra Shawnee before I started this book. It didn’t take 2 minutes in and I knew that I head listened to a book by her, just under a different name. She is a narrator that I’ve really enjoyed with those other books that I listened to. That being said, I don’t think she was the best choice for this book. She doesn’t bring out the humor that Shelly Laurenston has in her books. I just don’t think she brought out that snark that Laurenston is known for. I will say she does a great job with male and female voices. Not to mention the sex and fight scenes were wonderfully done. If you happen across something by her, I would recommend it.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at


Narrator: Alexandra Shawnee

Alexandra Shawnee is a New York City–based actress who has narrated numerous nonfiction, romance, and fantasy titles. A graduate of the University of the Arts, Alexandra also has performed in dozens of Off-Broadway and regional theater productions and readings.

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I like to thanks Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by:

ML Simmons 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. Sorry this didn’t live up to your expectations, Melanie. I hate it when that happens. And it does sound like the world is similar to that other series she has written.
    I hope your next listen made you happier!

    • I’ve listened to a few really great books since this one. I think if I had listened to this one before Call of the Crows, I would’ve enjoyed it more.

  2. That is such a disappointment. I am sad that this felt like a rip off of another series. I hope your next listen is better.

    • This story was written first, the audio is just coming out now. I love Call of the Crows. I think it has taken this idea and made it even better.

  3. It sucks but it happens where the next installment is weak compared to the previous one. Like it makes you wish the order is reversed. I hope you haven’t given up on the series though, crows and ravens is a unique concept for me.

    • This book was actually released first, but they are just now getting around to putting it on audio. I love Call of the Crows. It is a really fun series. I need to look to see when the next one comes out.

  4. Too bad this was disappointing sounds like a good one. I know I have heard that narrator before but with a different name too! This narrator has a distinctive voice that is easy to reconigze. 🙂

    • That was me, I listened and new instantly who she was. I went to Audible to listen to a sample to confirm. Message me if you want me to tell you. I just don’t want to blast it out there.

  5. The world of the crows and ravens sounds cool and it looks like there are some fun spots, but if the plot is unbelievable or weak then that can drag a book down fast.

    Interesting that it’s like a prototype to her other series. I thought I remembered something about crows when I saw her name.

    • Yes, her Call of the Crows series is really fun PNR with Norse mythology. Very similar to this, but more polished, IMO.

  6. If found these same problems hard to overlook in my review as well, but the romance was also hard to take seriously.

    • This is my least favorite Laurenston book. I just didn’t think this one was as funny and I felt like Call of the Crows was better. I think I might have liked this one more if I had read/listened to this one before I started the Call of the Crows series.

  7. So there wasn’t an audio version until recently? That’s quite a wait.

    • Yeah, I think Tantor is going and adding a lot of her back list. As audiobooks have gotten more popular, many publishers are doing that. I’ve reviewed some for Audible that way too.

  8. This does sound so much like the Call of Crows, which I really enjoy. Almost to a T. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out to be the best for you. Is there a different narrator for Call of Crows?

    • It is a different narrator that Call of the Crows. I do wonder if I would’ve liked it better if Johanna Parker was the narrator. She fits so well with Shelly Laurenston. I like this narrator, but I don’t know if I like her with this story.

  9. Sorry this wasn’t fabulous but glad it was still good for you.

    • Yeah, it was okay. I just don’t think it was up to Laurenston’s normal standards.

  10. Sorry this one wasn’t up to par, but at least you got a good narrator out of it. 🙂 Do think I’ll pass on this one and read the other that is so similar.

    • If you haven’t read/listened to The Call of the Crows, I highly recommend it. It is a really fun series. I don’t know when the next book comes out, but I’ll be watching for it.

  11. Thanks for this great review, I’ve heard of this author but have not read her. Maybe now I will 🙂

    • I love Shelley Laurenston. She also writes as G.A. Aiken. I’ve read the Pride, Call of the Crows and Magnus Pack by Laurenston. Call of the Crows is a lot like this one with Norse Mythology. The other two are really funny PNR with shifters. Aiken’s books are PNR/Fantasy with DRAGONS. LOL

  12. Well that’s too bad. I have this one in print and have been meaning to read it for ages. I really REALLY didn’t like the crows books so probably going to skip this one for the time being. I typically love her so was surprised by the last couple :/

    • Now, I love the Crows novels (not as much as The Pride series, but I do really enjoy them a lot). This one just wasn’t as good, in my opinion.

  13. I have this one for review as well, Melanie, so I’m sorry to see it was a ‘meh’ read for you. I’m glad the characters were engaging but I get what you’re saying about the plot. Hopefully your next (or current) listen is making you smile. 🙂

    • It was okay, but not Laurenston’s best work, in my opinion.

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