Venom in the Veins Audiobook by Jennifer Estep (REVIEW)

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Review of: Venom in the Veins Audiobook
Jennifer Estep

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On September 24, 2018
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Venom in the Veins Audiobook

By: Jennifer Estep

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Published by: Audible Studios 06/12/18

Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep read by Lauren Fortgang

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Elemental Assassin #17

9 hrs and 37 mins

Urban Fantasy

Venom in the Veins Audiobook Sample

Venom in the Veins Audiobook

4 Hearts

I’m always excited to get back into the world of Elemental Assassins and Gin and the gang. Things are never dull for the underworld leader of Ashland. Doesn’t matter how much she just wants to run the Pork Pit, there is always something that needs her attention.

Someone seems to be targeting Stewart Mosley, Finn’s boss at the bank. He’s trying to auction off the last of Mab Monroe’s stuff for charity, but has been attacked a few times. Gin and the gang become impromptu bodyguards and investigators as they try to figure out who’s behind the attacks.

There are also a few surprises at the auction. Gin finds a pictures of both of her parents. While, Gin and Bria’s mother has been discussed a lot in these books, I don’t think I remember ever reading about Tristan. We don’t learn a lot about him in this book, but I think more will be coming in future books.

We also learn some more about the Circle. We see more of Hugh Tucker. He does some real head-scratching things in this book. I don’t know what he’s playing at, but something is up there.

This series is still going strong at book 17. That is no easy feat. Some books are better than others, but I always have a fun time with the gang in Ashland. I think this book was somewhere in the upper middle of the series. Venom in the Veins isn’t of my favorite, but it also isn’t my least favorite either. It really has me chomping at the bit for book 18, that is for sure.

Venom in the Veins Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Lauren Fortgang continues the narration of this series. She does a great job with keeping all the voices straight throughout this long series. I love all the voices she has for all the characters and there are a lot of them. If you haven’t tried Lauren Fortgang, I highly recommend her.

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.