Spider’s Trap Audiobook by Jennifer Estep (REVIEW)

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Review of: Spider's Trap Audiobook
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On October 2, 2015
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Spider’s Trap Audiobook

By: Jennifer Estep

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Published by: Audible Studios 07/28/15

Spider's Trap Audiobook

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Elemental Assassin #13

19 hrs and 55 mins

Urban Fantasy - genre

Spider’s Trap Audiobook Sample

Spider’s Trap Audiobook

4 Hearts

Oh, how I just love this series. It just keeps getting better and better. Everytime that Ms. Estep takes you to a point that you think will be the end of the series or the overall story arc, she picks the story right back and sends Gin down another path that keeps the stories fresh and fun. You think that Gin has beat the big bad villain and that there is nothing left for her to do, but yet trouble still finds her in completely new ways.

In this story, Gin is now the reluctant leader of the Ashland underworld. This only increases the number of targets on her back. The only thing that is really different in her life is that she now has the play mediator between the other lowly underworld bosses and help them resolve their disputes. Watching her deal with these idiots is quite the hoot. I don’t envy her in the least.

The villain in this book is a metal elemental, which is a new thing for Gin to fight. Yes, Owen is a metal elemental, but she has never had to fight him and this villain is so much stronger than Owen. He also has some pretty neat tricks up his sleeve to help him win pretty much any battle. Trying to find a location to battle him where there is no metal is the best place to win, but that is much easier said than done.

We get to spend time with all of the favorite characters we’ve come to love. Yes, lots of time with Owen, Sophia, JoJo, Philip and no Elemental Assassins story is complete without Finn. I also loved having Silvo in the mix trying to manage Gin as she tries to manage the underworld. Even better, Silvo and Finn are constantly trying to one up each other. We even get to flashback and learn more about the closet softy, Fletcher Lane.

This was a great addition to the Elemental Assassins series. There is everything you’ve come to expect in a great Gin tale in Spider’s Trap. There is a wonderfully choreographed fight scene. There is some romance between Owen and Gin. The snarkiness between all the characters. The wonderful food that is listed, I swear makes me gain weight just reading it. Jennifer Estep’s ability to get this story exciting and fresh thirteen books in proves she is one of the masters in the urban fantasy genre.

Spider’s Trap Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Lauren Fortgang is a wonderful narrator who really nails the Southern voices of Gin and the gang. She handles everything from Sophia’s grunts, JoJo’s Southern Belle to Finn’s smug and suave Southern gentleman. Every character has a very unique voice and tone. I can always tell who is speaking. She is great at adding the excitement to the fight scenes and emotion to the more romantic scenes. She wonderful with the sexy scenes.  She has converted this to an audio only series for me.

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 am very excited for the next book, I think it’s going to be brutal on Finn!

    • Me too. I’m always very excited for this series. Poor Finn.

  2. Oh Melanie I love this series, I think I may have to try an audio of this one! Thanks!

    • I love Lauren Fortgang’s narration. I think I like Finn’s voice the best, though she does a great job with everyone.

  3. I still haven’t tried this series even though I love all her YA stuff. I have been wanting to start this for so long. I just need to find the time. I think I need to do the audios.

    • I actually just bought the first book in her newest YA series on audio. I’ve yet to try her YA series. I’m really picky about YA, but I’ve heard great things. I love the audios of these. Lauren Fortgang does a wonderful job. I hope you enjoy.

  4. I really enjoyed this one too!! Great review 🙂

    • I love spending time with Gin and the gang, though it always makes me hungry. LOL

      • It does that to me too! I thought I was crazy hahaha

  5. I need to continue this series. I have the 4th and 5th on audio, so it’s just about making time.

    • I know the feeling. I’ve got several series that I’ve been told are “must listens” that I haven’t started yet. There are just so many great authors these days. I hope you get to enjoy them soon.

  6. They sound pretty exciting! I’ve still not tried her books but they’re on my list for one day 🙂 It’s always good to hear of a series that keeps improving 🙂

    • I do love this series. It took me a bit to start it after I found it, but I’ve loved it ever since I started it. I just picked up this author’s new YA series. It will be interested to see how that goes. I’m so picky about YA.

  7. I really need to read this series…I have the first and the last book (sent to me by publisher..shakes head.) I am thinking of maybe listening to it instead though…narrator sounds good. 🙂

    • I love this narrator. She is perfect for the series. I haven’t listened to her do any other series yet, but I would totally jump on another series with this narrator. I hope you enjoy.

  8. I really liked this one. Silvo is hilarious. I’ve not listened to it yet, but I will!

    • I just loved Silvo and Finn trying to out help Gin. This series is wonderful on audio.

  9. This is one I want to listen to on audio. I did grab audio one on sale. So soon!

  10. Gah I am so behidn on this series, I think the last book I read was 6 or 7 and I own 3 more books that I haven’t read yet. I really should continue this series soon as I lvoed the books I read so far. It sounds like the series is still going strong, so that’s good to hear. I didn’t read your review as I am afraid to spoil myself, knowing that I am so far behind.

  11. I love that we are on the same page with this series. It just gets better and better.

    • I just love this series. Just when I think there is nothing more she can do with this, she finds more.

  12. You did it! You kept your review spoiler free!! Amazing!! I was a wee bit timid when I started reading your review but as I went, you kept everyone’s role very general! THANK YOU! Of course I own the first few but haven’t started them… story of my life over here. The way ARCs are looking these days, I’ll probably have time over the holidays to start reading some of my UF series like this one!!

    • I do try. Sometimes you just can’t write a review without at least spoiling earlier books, but I do put warnings if that is the case. I hope you get a chance to start this series soon. I really enjoy it.

  13. This is one of those series that I have always wanted to read but hot damn the size of it is so intimidating and never ends! Glad to hear it’s still good!I might need to try it in audiobook format, then. I love the sound of the narrator. 🙂

    • This narrator does a great job. I know the feeling. The nice thing about a series that has so many out, is that you can binge read them. I just started The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher last year. It has even more. I’m really glad I picked it up though. I hope you enjoy when you finally get a chance to try it.

  14. I still haven’t read any Estep yet, Melanie, believe it or not. This series is on my TBR, though, and when I have more time to read for fun (not only for class) I will definitely start it.
    Great review!

    • I completely understand. I have series on my TBR list too. Real life, it so gets in the way of reading. Ugh. LOL 😀

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