Snared Audiobook by Jennifer Estep (REVIEW)

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Review of: Snared Audiobook
Jennifer Estep

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On May 24, 2017
Last modified:May 26, 2017


Snared Audiobook

By: Jennifer Estep

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Published by: Audible Studios 04/25/17

Snared audiobook by Jennifer Estep

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Elemental Assassin #16

10 hrs and 30 mins

Urban Fantasy

Snared Audiobook Sample

Snared Audiobook

4 Hearts

There aren’t many series that can be sixteen books in and still be interesting and exciting. I tend to get bored with series easily lately, but Jennifer Estep has kept me on intrigued with this series from book one and it has never faltered.

In this book, Gin has one of the underworld bosses, Jade Jamison, calling in a favor when Jade’s sister comes up missing. Gin and the gang quickly uncover that there’s a serial killer in Ashland. There’s always been a lot of killings, but those were more like gang killings, this is the first serial killer that we’ve seen. I will say it was a nice touch.

Gin also hasn’t forgotten about the Circle. She is determined to find all the members. She learns that mother had a larger roll in the Circle than originally thought. She remembers a lot through dreams, which has become a theme throughout the series. Every book, Gin dreams and remembers the exact thing she needs from her past. While this is a bit repetitive, I like learning more about young Gin.

This is a really fun series that I have loved since book one. I love how Gin is a very strong female character. I love seeing how she’s grown over the series. I love her group of friends. She was an orphan (after her family is brutally murdered in front of her) to creating a family of her own making. She may be a criminal underworld leader, but she also has morals and wants to take care of her own and people who need her help (if only real underworld bosses were more like her). If you haven’t tried this series, it is one of my favorite, going strong at #16.

Snared Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

What to say about Lauren Fortgang’s narration that I haven’t already said. She does an amazing job. I love all of her voices, both male and female. I love how she sets the scene’s pace and tone. Fortgang is a favorite narrator of mine. I’ve listened to a few things with her and I’ve always enjoyed her narration.

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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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. I love this serial killer spin, it’s a good break from all the straight up purging that Gin’s been doing. I’m anxious about the Circle though, I’m wondering how much of their perception about their mom is going to change after everything is laid out

    • It was a nice touch to add in something completely different. I wondered that about that too. I’m also curious to know if Bria remembers more than Gin and why she isn’t sharing if she does.

  2. I will start this series soon! I love that she still pulls you in again and again.

  3. I haven’t read or listened to her books yet but they are on my list.

    • I do love Jennifer Estep and Lauren Fortgang. They are a great pairing. I hope you get a chance to try this series.

  4. I only tried the first one yeard ago but I have book 2 and 3. I need to continue!

    • I hope you get a chance to get back into the series. I’ve really enjoyed it.

  5. I have this series on my list for so long and each year I keep saying I want to check it out. I am going to see if my library carries the audiobooks and then I can binge listen. It speaks volumes that fans still love this after sixteen books.

    • I hope that they do. They are published by Audible Studios, which doesn’t always make it into libraries, but you can ask. I do love this series and the narrator is amazing.

  6. I enjoyed this one as well 🙂 I’m so impressed that Estep has kept this series so great so far into the series 😀

    • That shows the amazing talent of Jennifer Estep that she’s able to keep a series going for so long and keep it fresh. There are a few repetitive things, but not too bad.

  7. This is a series I’ve been meaning to try. I’m glad that you are still loving it after 16 books! Great review!

    • I know it gets hard to start a series when it is this long. I’ve got a few like that. I can’t remember how many were in this series when I started it.

  8. I do love this series. I’m going to try to read more of them this summer when I (hopefully) have more time. I think I’m still only on book six or something though so I have quite a ways before I’m even close to this one.

    • I hope you’re able to make progress. There are some really good books before this one, so enjoy.

  9. I really like how Gin is adding to her group of friends as her role changes over the course of the series. Having Jade ask for a favor, but knowing she’s a friend was a great part of this book.

  10. Definitely love this series! Gin is such an original character. I don’t know how Jennifer Estep manages to keep coming up with new things to keep me on the edge of my seat after this many books, but it’s still happening!

    • I don’t either. I’ve been quitting a lot of long running series lately. This one, i’ve never even considered quitting.

    • This series is amazing on audio. I hope you get a chance to try it. I do love this series.

  11. I think I am about 10 books behind on this series at the moment, which is sad as I remember I really enjoyed the books that I did read. I’ll have to pick it up again one day. I am glad to hear it keeps going strong. My problem with series is usually that it can be hard to keep up or catch up once you fall behind.

    • I completely understand. There are several series that I’m hesitant to start because there are so many books.

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