We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Heart of Venom Audiobook

Heart of Venom: Elemental Assassin, Book 9

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.

When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point - can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever? Assuming, that is, she survives long enough to find out....

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (991 )
5 star
 (587)
4 star
 (306)
3 star
 (81)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.4 (897 )
5 star
 (525)
4 star
 (271)
3 star
 (78)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (8)
Story
4.6 (906 )
5 star
 (617)
4 star
 (239)
3 star
 (40)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 03-10-14
    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 03-10-14

    Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    288
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    144
    126
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    74
    23
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bloody Good!"

    Heart of Venom is a bloody fast pace ride through the backwoods of Ashland with a heroine that shows no signs of slowing down.

    I’m a HUGE fan of the Elemental Assassin series. I love how we are 9 books into the series and Estep still manages to deliver great storylines. Books 1-5 has one story arc about Gin’s past and the person that was responsible for the death of Gin’s family.

    The second half of the series has more wiggle room for other storylines and we are slowing building to what could be another arc with a new evil on the rise. But before we get there we take a side trip to deal with a story that has been building for a while about one of the beloved secondary characters, Sophia Deveraux.

    I have always wanted more info on Sophia’s history. Estep has teased us here and there about how she got her ruined voice. Now we finally get the whole story on Sophia and it gives Gin’s back story a run for it’s money.

    Several years ago a brother and sister, Bonnie and Clyde act kidnapped Sophia after the brother, Harley Grimes became obsessed with her. The part did horrible things to Sophia, leaving her with the ruined voice. All those years ago Jo Jo went to a little known assassin called The Tin Man. That’s right Gin’s foster father and mentor, Fletcher is the one that rescued Sophia. Now with Fletcher out of the way Grimes thinks it’s safe to take Sophia again.

    Heart of Venom follows Gin trying to save Sophia after Grimes grabs her during a by a person a girls’ day at Jo Jo’s salon. Gin is always cool and collected when it comes to being The Spider. But she loses it all when Sophia is taken. She tries to run off with guns knives ablazing until her friends make her see that it would be suicide to go up on Grimes’ mountain alone.

    “Grimes might be a bad, bad guy, but I happen to be a bad, bad bitch.”
    Gin gets unexpected backup from Owen, her estranged lover. Gin agrees to let Owen come along with her. leaving the rest of the group to protect an injured Jo Jo. But it’s not just Gin and Owen to the rescue, they pick up an guide for the mountain hike. And of course Gin and Owen get a little time for an heart to heart between all the killing. ( I highly recommend you read the short story, Kiss of Venom that’s told through Owen’s POV which takes place after Deadly Sting and Heart of Venom).

    As Gin and her small crew make their way up the mountain we get flashbacks about Fletcher (I love these) like it other books in the series, along with flashbacks on how Gin and Sophia interacted in the early stages of their friendship.

    Heart of Venom is fully charged with emotion and adrenaline. Gin really is a one woman killing machine and I loved every bloody moment of it.



    “Even my socks squished with blood….. Please, …. step up and die.”

    Lauren Fortgang is on my top 5 favorite narrators list. She does an outstanding job with Gin and all the other characters. I’ve done most of series on audio and when reading the few books I've not listened to I have Fortgang’s voice in my head.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gayle 09-28-13
    Gayle 09-28-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    151
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    194
    110
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    29
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't Stop Listening!"

    This was a slight variation for the Gin Blanco series and it was GREAT! It was suspenseful and interesting. Fans of the series will enjoy this book greatly. Praise to both Jennifer Estep and Lauren Fortgang for a riveting, well narrated story!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patron 09-27-13
    Patron 09-27-13

    Listner

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Drowning in minutia"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was too slow. Half way through and all we have are references to the same introspective touchy-feely past books, and one (1) event. <br/> All her books begin this way, but this one is just so-o-o slow. I have listened to two other books trying to get through this one. I keep hoping for movement and coming back to try to finish the book. <br/> I have read all the series, so far.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Estep again?

    Her books are usually fun, move slow at first and then take off. She has built a world and peopled it with characters varied and facinating. <br/>Sometimes she over dramatizes the main character's thoughts when ending chapters. This has become a predictable rut for her and decreases the appeal of the book. <br/>This is probably the last book for me.


    What three words best describe Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    Soft, easy-listening, southern. <br/>I like listening, but want to hurry the story along, not hear the same sad, tired feelings found in all the previous books, again.


    Did Heart of Venom inspire you to do anything?

    stop reading it , maybe forget this series


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy being in the world created in this series and am sorry not to have a new adventrue to look forward to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Yvonne 09-18-13
    Yvonne 09-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Reading is my favorite past time.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    161
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I think this is the best one so far!"

    This series can't come out fast enough for me. I can't wait for the next book. PLease hurry with book 10.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Annette Mitchell 07-27-17 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    97
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    143
    100
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The clean up woman"

    I just love this series. Gin, with her kick-ass attitude, for once is not the object of attack. The ever faithful Devereaux sisters are the victims this time around. Jojo is shot and Sophia is kidnapped right before Gin and Bria's eyes. Infuriated, Gin will stop at nothing to get Sophia back. With help from Owen, though their relationship is still on rocky ground, Gin goes to the mountain fortress of Sophia's kidnapper. Filled wirh lots of action, the was a really great addition to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-20-15
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1856
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    573
    344
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    641
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pretty much the same"

    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

    Heart of Venom is the ninth book in Jennifer Estep’s very popular ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series. I skipped it a while back because I’m not crazy about this series and I didn’t want to purchase it. I had the later volumes and went on. (I’ve only continued to read ELEMENTAL ASSASIN because I already owned most of the books and I wanted to report on it for FanLit.) However, a copy of Heart of Venom fell in my lap recently, so I read it. I feel the same way about it as I do about all the other books in this series, so I’ll be brief here.

    Gin’s friend Sophia (the goth dwarf) is kidnapped by the man who tortured her many years ago. Gin must get her back because she has a hero complex — she sees it as her job to protect everyone she loves. So instead of asking her sister Bria, a top cop in the Ashland police force, to call in her troops to raid the bad guy’s backwoods compound, which he’s styled in a kind of Old West theme, Gin decides to go it alone. (I really can’t figure out why Bria never calls in the cops.) But of course her friends won’t let her do this alone and some of them show up to help, including Owen, her ex-boyfriend who came off looking like a real dick in the last book. Interspersed in the story are flashbacks in which Gin shows us her earlier relationship with Sophia. (These flashbacks have now become part of Estep’s usual technique in the last few books.)

    Fans of the series (of which there are many) will enjoy getting to know Sophia better and they’ll be extremely happy that Estep fixes the problem of Owen’s recent assholery. Other than that, though, Heart of Venom is pretty much the same as all the other ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN books. We’ve got Gin exhibiting her mother-hen tendencies by cooking huge meals for her friends and brooding about her inability to keep everyone safe. Finn worries about getting blood on his wardrobe and car. The villain is a cliché — an Old West outlaw type, this time. The sex is predictable and boring. The prose is uninspired and repetitive. The story is simply a narrative about how Gin kicks ass and there’s no beauty, humor, or thoughtfulness to it.

    Lauren Fortgang continues to do a brilliant job with the narration of the audiobook versions. Her voices are completely convincing and I like her performances a lot better than I like the stories. But as much as I admire the audio versions, I think I really am done with this series now. I’d be happy to try something else by Estep, but I’m just tired of the repetitiveness of this series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    G M Whiters-Belin 03-16-15 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening and reading books. Also, I love fishing, swimming and just being with my family... "I'm forced to have to work".

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    148
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Jennifer Estep Spider Series is Awesome!!"

    Jennifer Estep is just one of my favorite authors and I absolutely love her Spider Series. I would love to see this series get turned into a TV series. It had triller, action and love all rolled into one. Jennifer keep writing and I'll keep reading!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. Hoffman AB Canada 12-05-14
    J. Hoffman AB Canada 12-05-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bitchy female Lead! Love it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of Venom to be better than the print version?

    Not at all, i love both versions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Venom?

    The ending when Sophia finally kills that MAN!!!!! Won't say his name.


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

    Yes, i still can hear her voice within my mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it moved me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-08-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2013

    BJS

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2208
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    641
    467
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    302
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Owen grows up, and fesses up"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of Venom to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't buy book six because of that jerk Donovan Caine coming back into the picture, and from everything I read in reviews I'm glad I avoided. He was i Jerk is a jerk and always would be. On the other hand Owen had some issues, and the way he treated Gin was horrid. He was pissed off with Gin for saving his life and maybe 100 other people, by killing his girl friend from when he was and she were teens......HELLO he's a man with a business. He finally realized he was an idiot for asking Gin not to kill Selina. (the lady was wacko nuts) I never read any of these in print form. Only audo.


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

    All of this series, and she does a really good job, with emotions and voices. Glad she's stayed with the series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When Owen tried to save Gin and was covered with burns, from head to toe. I was burned in a fire, and I can not describe the intense pain.......It never stops. When giving birth you get time between contractions, but with burns there is not end, just time. I remember my hospital time as pure agony. I only had 20% of my body burned. The burns Owen suffered, in this day and age would have killed him for sure. ( luckily they had magic) Wish I would have had some. :) Also finding out the true story of Sophia. It was always a mystery, so many things cleared up in this story. It was awesome, with flash backs too, so it helps you remember from earlier books There are 9 now. .


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for next book to see who this relative of Mab Monroe is. Also what the story line is behind that piece of work.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tracie Chase 09-02-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    186
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Never Disappointed!"
    If you could sum up Heart of Venom in three words, what would they be?

    I want more!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how Jennifer Estep delves a little more into the family that Gin Blanco’s friends who are like a family for her. It was nice to get more information into Sophia Deveraux past and why she is the way she is.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    Lauren Fortgang rocks. Narrator can either make or break a story on audiobooks and Lauren adds to the story with her smooth voice and wonderful story telling abilities.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Thank heavens for coffee cause I listened to this book all the way through. But it was worth the lack off sleep and grumpiness the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    Can not wait for more!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.