Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Audio Review: Also Known As


Also Known As by Robin Benway

Type: Audio (Brilliance Audio) and Ebook (Netgalley)

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Also Known As is being pitched to "Ally Carter Fans", I understand its probably the teen spy thing, but it could not be more different. Also Known As is a really good book, but it's very different from the Heist Books. In Also Known As we meet Maggie, a safe cracker. She and her parents work for an organization called The Collective. They go around the world stopping things like human trafficking. They bring in Maggie to remove sensitive documents from safes. Her parents have always run the operation and Maggie just waits to be called in. Their next job will be Maggie's first big project when The Collective finds out that someone has information about them and plans on publishing the story. They send Maggie to the same school with the magazine owner's son. Her job is to get close to him and retrieve the data. Only Maggie has never been to school or has ever had to deal with kids her own age. Her parents are worried that it's too much for her to handle. Maggie finds herself getting in too deep and blurs the line between teenager and spy.

Also Known As is a fun contemporary novel that is definitely worth the read or listen. Just a fair warning though for the younger teen readers, there is some swearing, a drunken party and minor mention of drugs.

Audio: Author Robin Benway is the narrator for Also Known As. I think Robin did a great job! Who knows a book better than the author. I will say that there were some clicking noises. I'm not entirely sure if it was my cd or something during production, but if you listen to it at a loud volume it can get annoying. I listened in my car so I could hear it.

To listen to a sample visit: http://brillianceaudio.com/product?i=8634

11 comments:

  1. Great honest reviews.

    Background noises can be sooo distracting so I totally feel ya.

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  2. Oh, awesome! The author is the audio narrator? That is great! I have this for review but haven't gotten to it yet...maybe I'll pick up the audio instead! I just purchased Audrey, Wait at HPB the other day because I've heard such great things. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. oh man!! I am SO excited for this and glad that you enjoyed it so much. In all honesty I am not the biggest fan of the Heist society, though I love the Gallagher Girl books!!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  4. I'm glad I got to listen to a bit of this in your car! I'm going to pick this one up soon. Great review!

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  5. You are enjoying the spy-ish reads. :) THank you for the thoughts on this one and the warning too. :)

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  6. I hope to read this one day! Thanks for your review! :D

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  7. I thought that the dialogue in this book was HILARIOUS.

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  8. Very nice review. Hadn't heard of this before before.

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  9. cool review! the collective sounds intense!

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  10. This sounds really cute! I don't read too many contemporary books, but I just started "I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You" and I could definitely go for more spy books, even if it is a little different/more mature than Ally Carter's books (haven't read Heist Society).

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  11. I love spy related books, this book sounds pretty fun!

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