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The Spider Audiobook

The Spider: Elemental Assassin, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco's transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider - book 10 in the red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In a prequel tale, Gin Blanco goes through her paces on the way to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland. Her mentor, Fletcher Lane, is not going to go easy on her - if she’s going to become a fearsome killer, she has to learn to use her elemental Stone and Ice powers alongside old-fashioned human street smarts.

©2014 Jennifer Estep (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Gayle 12-24-13
    Gayle 12-24-13
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    "How bogus"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just got this book and it is nothing but a repeat of all her other books,I could have sat down and done this.WHY no NEW story? Not worth the money I paid it is so repetitive.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Estep’s story?

    It is just a repeat of all of her other books


    Have you listened to any of Lauren Fortgang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love the way she reads a book


    What character would you cut from The Spider?

    I wouldn't delete any of the characters but lets get moving on some of theserelationships


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us a new story

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 12-30-13
    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Oh Fudge, I wasted money on this...."
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    As long as it something original, not a trip down memory lane.


    Did The Spider inspire you to do anything?

    To wait for someone else to be the first to download it, and wait for the reviews... If I had done that, I wouldn't have wasted my time on this book!


    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 12-27-13
    Sharon 12-27-13 Member Since 2013

    My 1st crush was Perry Mason & I wanted to be Agatha Christie! I truly love ALL genres though! Amanda Ronconi, Lorelei King, Scott Brick :)

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    "A True Disappointment!"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The entire book is Gin recounting details that we already know about her past. She "mysteriously" ties in absolutely every character in the series to one ill fated hit that confirmed her as The Spider.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I got the impression that Ms. Estep was rushing to meet a deadline much to the detriment of what to this point has been an enjoyable series.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 12-27-13
    Hassan 12-27-13 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Not The Best In This Series!!"

    This book is mainly about the Spider's past, mainly a past job she did!! In every book in this series you always had those chapters that talked about a past experience. But this one was the whole book, except its beginning and ending.

    Ending was good, I have enjoyed its ending. Also, during the book you keep on meeting characters, which the spider didn't know them back then, but they play major part in her future, that was kinda cool.. it reminded me of Lost the TV show.

    Lets talk about the bad part, which made me dislike this book.. The Tin Man kept on thinking there is something fishy about this job and it was so obvious from the beginning, I wasn't shocked at all when the spider understood everything and whats going on... That is the main thing that made me dislike this book I like to be surprised.

    But you get to know more in her past and how she used to do her job with the Tin Man.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-08-14
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    "Rehash"
    What disappointed you about The Spider?

    Not a new story. I should have read the reviews first, and read this book for free from my library. Although, the summary of the book is clear that this is from her past, it just felt like I knew everything in thie book already.


    What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe just a hint of new story in there, but I am more disapointed that I spent money/credits on this book.


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lauren does a great job with the voices and accents. Makes my commute enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    save your money and get this from the library.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 01-08-14
    Elizabeth 01-08-14
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    "Not the best book in the series"
    What did you like best about The Spider? What did you like least?

    Story line that I have heard of many times before. Need new story for future not rehashing the past.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Estep again?

    Yes


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-09-14 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Glimpse of the past..."

    Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Edelweiss/Audible)
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    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nichole 07-30-16
    Nichole 07-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Should have been a novella"

    Well, here I am again, reading the next book in a series and thinking it should have been a novella. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a big fan and enjoyed this look into Gin's past. In fact, that's something I really like about the other books- the flashbacks. However, I think I would have enjoyed this more as just a novella.

    I have one more slight annoyance with this book. The fact that Gin crosses paths in some form or another with every single person from her present inner circle and future enemies. All these chance meetings and not one person remembers each other from these encounters? Not really buying it.

    Even so, I like to think that Gin learned Something from this experience. To be a little more cautious in the future and to get all of the facts first. Then again, Gin tends to go in with knives blazing. You can see how this experience shaped her as The Spider. She's an assassin, the best even, but she is not a complete mercenary. I definitely want to be on her good side!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy R. 07-18-16
    Sandy R. 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't understand the low reviews"

    Lauren's performance was great as always. And I really enjoyed learning about how Gin's experiences when she was younger shaped her to be the person she is now. Overall, I really liked the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 07-05-16
    Ryan 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Story line was good but it kinda makes it seem like a small world with all the characters in it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    7/9/16
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    "Not as good as all the other books by far"
    Would you try another book written by Jennifer Estep or narrated by Lauren Fortgang?

    If I had read this one first probably not.However i LOVE Jennefer Esteps books and Lauren Fortang is perfect for being Gin ....and Finn and JoJo a very talented woman and a great choice.


    Would you recommend The Spider to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes because its part of the series and the charactor we met may be in future books.but It just wasnt the same with Gin being 10 years younger and not really The Spider yet,I know that was the point as its an oragin story but still I missed her smartness and ability to read people and everythingelse she gains from this story.


    Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favourite?

    Gin , as she rocks in all of the other books.


    Do you think The Spider needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    another book in the past?No. I like the flashes of the past and the insight that gives us in the books set in the here and now but I dont think the oragin story needs the follow up.However I am itching to start the next book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book series but this one was a disapointment,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kapaxiana
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    "Really?"

    The plot is good however by adding characters from her life to her past even didn't sit well with me. Owen gave her a lift 10 years ago and asked her on a date, really???? and she met Bria and her forster family at a party ? I think this annoyed me as much as her ...."he will be dead in 1 minute...2 tops!"....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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