Audiobook Review: The Spider by Jennifer Estep

Posted January 9, 2014 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 9 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Spider by Jennifer EstepSource: Audiobook Purchase, Edelweiss EBook Review, Provided by Simon & Schuster

Format: Audiobook

The Spider by Jennifer Estep
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins

Date Read: 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Old habits die hard for assassins.And I plan on murdering someone before the night is through. Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very, very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was thirteen. Oh, I don’t think the mission will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I’m coming for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters Mab hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority. Taking Mab out is a close second. Good thing I’ve got my powerful Ice and Stone magic—and my irresistible lover, Owen Grayson—to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there’s a good chance I won’t survive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s coming with me . . . no matter what I have to do to make that happen.

More Information:
Publisher: Audible Frontiers, Simon and Schuster
Series: Elemental Assassin #10

Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Deadly Sting , Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost
Also in this series: Deadly Sting , Heart of Venom, Poison Promise, The Black Widow, Spider's Trap


Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Edelweiss/Audible)
Tracking Books Read Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 5.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: The Spider showed a younger Gin and Fletcher. It was nice to see Gin’s beginnings even if she wasn’t nearly as likable or smart as she is older!

Overall Thoughts: I will admit that while I loved getting to know Fletcher while he was alive that I was often distracted by how “unfocused” Gin was at times. This is actually brilliant of Jennifer Estep as Gin was just becoming The Spider but it was hard, as a reader, for me to separate the Gin I love from the younger version. Though I think seeing a younger Finn, Rosalyn, Owen, and everyone else was delightful. They didn’t have huge parts so it was easy for me to see sparkles of who they are to become but be OK with their younger selves. I think my problem with Gin came from how long it took her to “figure” out the case. Especially since I felt that the bad guy was a little more obvious this time around. However, I had a good time listening to The Spider and the time spent with Fletcher were my absolute favorite scenes in the story!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by Lauren Fortgang / Length 10 hrs and 43 mins

Lauren Fortgang nails Gin and crew! This is a must get in audiobook series for me!

Final Thoughts: Counting down to the next book!


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Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
5 / 5
Felicia S
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9 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Spider by Jennifer Estep

  1. It was difficult to see Gin so not herself but I also enjoyed it because, well, she couldn’t have been so awesome when first starting out, right? Plus, Finn and Fletcher! Loved both of them in this.

  2. Jennifer Estep, yet another author on my to-read list! I must say I am totally addicted to Audio books now… thanks to you!! *Tee hee* Great review Felicia!!

    I love it when an author takes you back to who the characters were when they were younger!!

    PS totally wish you could send some audio’s my way.. if only they were as easy to share as paperbacks! and of course it would help if we lived on the same continent 🙂

  3. OMG! Is this book #10 already? If I don’t hurry up and catch up, I’m afraid It’s going to get the point when I never will 🙁 It used to be so much easier when we had to wait for the audios..LOL
    I already have like five books waiting on my pnone, but I know I need to add the next book to the list soon. I know I’m missing out!

  4. This was not my favorite in this series, mostly because of this, she’s too naive for someone that had already suffered so much in life.

    I liked seeing everyone again, but the book was a little off for me.

    • Exactly! I agree with you and Felicia. It was just too much. She was too naive, too uncertain, too stupid and it distracted me. I get that she had to grow and in this, Ms. Estep does a great job giving us the younger Gin. I was also a little ticked at some of the peeps she ran into back then. And she’s just NOW realizing it? But once Gin got her game on, the story rocked!