Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1 (Unabridged)
by Jennifer Estep
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They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride. Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way -- good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction... especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.
I love audiobooks and I especially love the ones where the main character is the same in a series. I was excited about this series but in the end extremely disappointed. The story is good but the narrator is so bad. Between her lip smaking and over-extended pauses, the producing in this book was so bad that I will never buy anything with Lauren Fortgang again. Don't get me wrong, her voice is great and so are her characters, but she puts such a stupid sultry-esk spin on the whole story that you really have to concentrate on the story itself to get through it. I will buy the rest of the books, only in paperback. Producers should really pay attention to these things.