Audiobook Review: Also Known As

Audiobook Review: Also Known AsAlso Known As by Robin Benway
Narrator: Robin Benway
Length: 6 hrs, 58 mins
Series: AKA #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Gifted
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Believe it or not, there are some drawbacks to being a 16-year old safecracker, daughter of spies, and member of a Robin Hood-esque organization that fights corruption. On the list: never getting to stay in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend, being the only spy ever to have a 10 p.m. curfew, and being sent on assignment to Russia. In the winter. For Maggie Silver, the major perk thus far has been the avoidance of high school, and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple Masterlocks on the lockers(If it's three digits or less, why even bother?). But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York on a major assignment, though, all of that changes. She?ll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the information she needs to crack the case, all while trying not to blow her cover.

Woo! I finally read a Robin Benway book and it was fun!

Why Did I Read This Book?
Well, there are a host of reasons. First and foremost, I’ve heard Robin Benway is awesome and hilarious, so I have wanted to read her books for a while. Second, I went to a book signing she was at and she’s a really nice woman. Third, Robin narrated the audiobook, which I always think is cool – the author narrating their own book.

What’s the Story Here?
Maggie’s a spy born and raised. She’s an expert safe cracker and travels the world with her spy parents being a spy. At 16, she finally has her first solo mission and she is excited. Of course, her mission involves enrolling in high school and befriending the cute boy with a criminal record. Her goal: to befriend Jesse Oliver, gain access to his father’s house, and obtain the article that the dad was going to run about the spy organization Maggie belongs to.

How are the Characters?
The characters are great, and definitely where Robin Benway shines as an author. Everyone’s got a whole lot of personality, especially Roux, who might have been my personal favorite. Jesse Oliver is great too. While I do like Maggie, I think I would like her slightly more if she had truly loved Roux more than she seems to do. Also, Maggie’s parents are loving and involved in her life, so three cheers for that.

And the Romance?
As mentioned, Jesse Oliver is a great love interest. His rep as a bad boy has been seriously overplayed, and he’s actually one of the sweetest YA boys I’ve read about and not remotely a badass. He treats Maggie right, and, if anything, he’s too kind and forgiving of her. Anyway, I’m just glad to have a romance with a nice boy.

Am I Going to Continue with the Series?
For sure. While I wasn’t entirely blown away by Also Known As, it was definitely a fun fluffy read. I had some suspension of disbelief issues with the young girl being a spy thing, but I’m willing to set those aside for fun times.

How was the Narration?
Robin Benway does a pretty good job. She’s not the best narrator ever by any means, but I still think it’s cool that she read her own book. Plus, her true affection for the characters really does shine through. She’s not brilliant at voices, but it was still clear who was speaking.

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10 responses to “Audiobook Review: Also Known As”

  1. It’s great to have an author narrate her own book! 🙂 It always makes me extremely happy when I come across a sweet romance. There is nothing wrong with a boy who treats a girl right and I always prefer it over those ‘bad boys’ (unless they are anything like The Darkling ;)) This book sounds great when I’m in the mood for something fun and easy!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Author narration fascinates me. They’re not always the best choice, of course, but I’m excited when I come across a really good instance of it. This one probably would have been a bit better in print, but Benway did a pretty good job.

      The Darkling is a rare exception. Generally bad boys make me roll my eyes.

  2. I’ll definitely need to pick this one up when I’m in need of a fluffy filler book in between the monsters I’m planning on reading in the near future. I do wonder if I’ll find the romance boring, but oh well. I’ll like the spy stuff FOR SURE.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      You do love your monsters. The romance was cute. The book was cute. I really don’t have much else to say about it tbh.

  3. Brandy says:

    I just reviewed this one too. (Not the audio version. But still.)

    I really enjoyed it too for much the same reasons as you. Roux and Jesse are favorites of mine too and I’m looking forward to the next one. Have you read any Ally Carter? Because I haven’t, and I wondered if I would have liked this as much if I had? Just curious.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Nope, I’ve not read any Ally Carter yet. Since I own several of her books, I will be, despite her stupid comments about how you’re not a feminist if you don’t go see City of Bones. *rolls eyes*

  4. Alex says:

    “Robin narrated the audiobook, which I always think is cool – the author narrating their own book.” I agree! The privilege of having the person who imagined the book reading it to us makes the whole thing special 🙂 I’m tempted to check it out!
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  5. fakesteph says:

    I really enjoyed this one, too. I didn’t know that RB narrated the book though. I’ll have to go listen to the sample now.
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  6. Molli says:

    Oh Jesse. I ADORED him, and how generally GOOD he was. (I’m so tired of “bad” boys and just plain BAD boys.) I thought this was a fun read, and like you said, RB really shines at writing characters, friendships, and interactions. Was the book silly at times? Yeah, BUT it was also a lot of fun. I need to read the sequel before it expires on my Nook.

    Do you have Audrey, Wait!? I traded for it awhile back and have been meaning to read it, because I’ve heard it’s good, too.
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