Protect the Prince Audiobook by Jennifer Estep (REVIEW)

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Review of: Protect the Prince Audiobook
Jennifer Step

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On October 11, 2019
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Protect the Prince Audiobook

By: Jennifer Estep

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Published by: Harper Audio 07/02/19

Protect the Prince Audiobook Jennifer Estep performed by Lauren Fortgang

4.5 stars rating

Crown of Shards #2

12 hrs and 40 mins

Genre: Fantasy

Protect the Prince Audiobook Sample

Protect the Prince Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

In this second installment of Jennifer Estep’s new Crown of Shard series, Evie still has a lot of her plate. She may be queen, but that doesn’t mean things are easy for her. She has to win over the people of her court who have always disliked her. She must also make an alliance with the neighboring kingdom of Andvari. As if that wasn’t enough, she needs to fight off assassins.

This is another fast paced, action packed story by Estep. I continue to enjoy my time with the characters that she’s created. I loved seeing Evie call out the people in the court that all of a sudden wanted to kiss her rear, now that she is queen. She brings up all the horrible things that she dealt with while growing up. It was nice to see Evie put them in their place.

There is also a growing tension between Evie and Sullivan, the bastard prince of Andvari. This is a forbidden relationship because a bastard prince and a queen can’t possibly be together, but there is growing desire between them. It will be interesting to see how that all works out in the end.

You really want to start this series with book one, as each book builds on the previous story. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend it. The stories aren’t short, but they really draw you into the story so that you were wishing they were even longer.

Protect the Prince Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Lauren Fortgang continues the narration of this series. Estep and Forgang have been together for a while. Fortgang’s narration really works well with Estep’s stories. I love these two together. I love how Lauren really brings out the characters voices and personality when she reads a story. If you have listened to her read a story, you’re missing out. Truly.

Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

Jennifer’s books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

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Lauren Fortgang
Lauren Fortgang lives in New York City where she currently works as an actor and voiceover artist. Born in Wilmington, DE, she split her time there with an upbringing in a variety of rural towns in northern California. She had early training at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and is a graduate of Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center, where she majored in theater. Her curiosity for finding new niches in the industry has afforded her a broad career spectrum, both in and out of the ‘spotlight’ as actor, singer, spokesperson audiobook narrator, podcaster, and even costume designer.

Television credits include roles on Law and Order (NBC), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), and Important Things with Demetri Martin (Comedy Central). Recent theatrical endeavors include Creation Production Company productions of Escape (LaMama E.T.C. – 50th anniversary season) and Laughing Pictures (The Flea). She’s worked in a variety of capacities with a delightful smattering of companies headed by Fordham alumni and professors, and hopes to continue to support the work of this network of artists and friends. She seeks evolvement in independent films such as the recent Astoria, Queens and The Sunnyside Murders, both of which were featured at a variety of festivals, including Queens World Film Festival, NYTVF, Breckenridge Festival of Film and NewFest.

Her commercial gigs cover national on-camera and voiceover spots for Ikea, Walmart, TJ Maxx and Woolite. She’s given voice to material spanning from video games to textbooks and works regularly as an audiobook narrator at Audible, Hachette, Penguin, Random House and beyond, having recorded roughly 150 unabridged titles and some 200 segments for monthly programming. She has received recognition from Audiofile Magazine, the Audio Publishers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Aldult Library Services Association, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly.

A hobbyist-extraordinaire, she (at any given moment) might fancy herself a baker, gardener, chef or seamstress and plays coed touch football weekly.

Finally, no bio would be complete without noting the enormity of gratitude owed her parents for supplying her freedom of imagination and a bottomless well of encouragement during the ups and (more importantly) the downs. A couple of folks ‘having your back’ for a lifetime is no small thing…

Lauren is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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I like to thank Harper Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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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.