Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Monday, June 20, 2011

Audiobook Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter



Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (June 21, 2011)
Audio CD
Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged; Unabridged edition (June 21, 2011)
Buy the Book:  Hardcover, Audio

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long — and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is . . . the emerald is cursed. Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale — and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time. Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.
The Audiobook:
This was seriously one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.  The reader, Angela Dawe, also read Heist Society, and I think she was perfect for this book.  She had the perfect voice for Kat and manner of speaking for this type of story.  All of her voices were so fantastic.  She even had to do British accents, and strong southern accents (which I thought sounded like Kathy Bates), and a couple of other countries' accents as well.  Her voices for the guys were good too.  She was engaging and I don't think there's any complaint I have, and that's really rare.

The Book:

You don't have to have read Heist Society in order to read Uncommon Criminals, but trust me, you will want to, so just go do it!  Heist Society was one of my favorite books last year.  I just thought that it was so smart, and fun and really a breath of fresh air in the YA world.  There aren't many authors that even try to tackle something like this.  It just isn't done very often.  And maybe that's because there's just no one who can do it as well as Ally Carter.  She's just a fantastic writer and mastermind!!

These books remind me so much of Ocean's Eleven, one of the best movies ever made!  So it's no surprise that I like them so much.  Even though they have the same feel to them, they are completely original, with such imaginative heists, cons, plot twists, and characters.  Those that have read The Gallager Girls series, may wonder if these books are similar.  I would say that they have a somewhat similar feel, in that they are well thought out, and involve smart female characters who may have a boy in their lives, but certainly don't need one to be the strong feisty independent thinkers that they are.   But I would say that Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals have a more sophisticated feel to them than The Gallager Girls.  Even though Kat and her friends are supposed to be in high school, they are much more mature than your average high schooler, and living lives of adults in many ways.

I love each of the characters in these books.  They are all just absolutely loveable and unique.  As they go on this adventure to steal the supposedly cursed Cleopatra Emerald and return it to where it belongs, they each have their own special skill, necessary to complete the job.  Of course my favorite characters are Kat and Hale.  There's just something special about their relationship.  Even though they seem to have a hard time just giving in, and getting the timing right, you can tell that they have a bond that is so much more than just love at first sight, or the lusting relationships you find in many YA books.  Hale is just what every girl would want as a boyfriend, and what every mother would want for her daughter.  I love him so much!!

If you have read Heist Society, you will not be disappointed in Uncommon Criminals.  If you haven't read it, you should read it now.  And it just has to be said, this book was so squeaky clean!!  Which means that even though I'll definitely be recommending it to adults and older teens, I'm happy that I can recommend it to younger teens as well!  Heist Society was picked up by Warner Bros. for a film adaptation, so I can't wait to see it played out on the big screen!
 
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  • Sexual Content:  None
  • Profanity:  None
  • Violence:  Minor
  • Other Notables: None
For more details, check out Uncommon Criminals on Parental Book Reviews.

51 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read this one! I read Heist last summer and really enjoyed it. Glad to hear this one is good too.

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  2. Sounds like this was is for the characters. I didn't want to get spoiled on anything since I haven't read the first. But thanks!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  3. I haven't read Heist Society yet, but if the narrator is as good as you say I am definitely going to check it out. Thanks for the review--I am always looking for good audiobooks to listen to.

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  4. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! I can't wait to read them :)

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  5. I looooooooved Heist Society, I read it and listened to he audiobook aswell (like 3 times) and I have to say that you're definitely right!, the reader is fabulous! all those accents she does are great! not fake at all!

    So I'm probably getting the audiobook for this one as soon as I finish reading it.

    Ally Carter is one of the most entretaining authors out there, I love her.

    And omigod I can't wait for the movie though I'm concern cause I love all the characters sooo much! I want the movie people to get them right.

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    1. Ive been tring to get the audiobook for uncommon criminals because I read the heist Society (witch it was AMAZING!) and the book uncommon criminals isnt in my library. I looked every where for the written book on line but i fail. Do you know how to get it? Please and thank you! :D

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    2. Have you tried Audible? If you've never done it before, you can get one free here. It's definitely worth it! Or you can get the CDs pretty cheap on amazon here.

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  6. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society was amazing).

    NIce review! I can't wait to read about Kat and crews latest heists. :)

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  8. Oops sorry. My comment got messed up so I'm trying again. So...

    I hadn't heard of these books until a couple of weeks ago and now I feel like I see them EVERYWHERE! I want to read Heist Society now. Your review makes me want to seek out the audio version over the print. Thanks! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

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  9. I'm glad they stuck with the same reader for both books. I dislike when that changes!

    Awesome that Heist Society might be made into a movie! I just started it and it is good so far!

    Elisquared

    eliweibley AT gmail DOT com

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  10. Nice review! This book does sound like it would be great to hear on audio. I love all people with accents. I don't know what it is about accents, but they're mesmerizing (especially British and Scotish).
    I haven't read Hiest Society yet, and my library doesn't carry it. I've heard other great reviews on it as well. And the tone of the story reminds me somewhat of Mission Impossible/National Treasure, which are movies I enjoyed. So, I believe this book would be a fun and thrilling read.

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  11. I haven't read Heist Society. Will have to look into these. :)

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  12. Didn't know about the film deal -- that's awesome. Haven't read them yet, but I have them! Thanks!

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  13. Just bought Heist Society. I love Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series so no doubt I'll love her other series as well.

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  14. Ah! I cannot wait to read this series! Everyone lovs them!

    And yes, Andye. You are awesome.

    <3

    Loved your IMM ^_^

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  15. Read the first one and thought it was fantastic! Loved all the characters, story, just all of it was great. This is a great review of the second one. Can't wait to read it :)

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  16. I've been looking forward to this one. I read the first one and it was fabulous. Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Sophia
    mashimaro401[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  17. This sounds so good and comparing it to a oceans 11 has me wanting to read it asap! thanks for the review

    mel91284(at)yahoo(dot)com

    melissa

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  18. Can't wait ro read this one! I loved Heist Society \o/
    My favorite character is Hale *_*

    Mariana Dal Chico

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  20. I just got Heist Society to read and I can't wait to get started! I've heard so many good things about this series - glad you enjoyed this one, it's good to hear it's a worthy sequel. I'm also a huge of the Gallagher Girls series so I'm sure I'll like this too :).

    planetprint8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I love then a narrator fits the story perfectly, like in this case or like in Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" read by Kirby Heyborne :)
    xlacrimax
    xlacrimax[at]gmail.com

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  22. I've added both books to my To Be Read pile. Great Review!

    ~Kayla
    kcrochet002@gmail.com

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  23. I can't wait to see it played out on the big screen!

    I loved the first novel in this series but still haven't read this one. I really love the relationship between Hale and Kat and the fact that it has never overshadowed the plot for me. Great review!

    Sonia

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  24. I've been seeing this book everywhere online it seems. The more I hear about it the more it interests me!

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  25. I want to read this book. It's nice to see good clean books that my girls can read too.

    ansindt@hotmail.com

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  26. You are SOOO Awesome!

    and also this sounds really great, I love YA audiobooks and I haven't read this series yet but it sounds like an awesome one to check out.

    strandedhero(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I love books like this! Great review, thanks!

    Poisnivyred@gmail.com

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  28. You know, I haven't read Heist Society yet, and I didn't even want to till I read your review! I swear your review on Uncommon Criminals made me wanna pick up the first book! Haha So I'll be reading that soon, I guess!

    juanma-98(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Juan,
    Geeks & Books

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  29. spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/127209-second-hand-saturday-giveaway-60

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  30. I would love to read Ally Carter's books! They sound really good. And yes, you are awesome!! :o)

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

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  31. I want to read these books so bad!

    Btw, I thought the pole swinging was FUNNY!!!!

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  32. Heist society was great, I can't wait till I can get this one from the library. By the way, I am really glad I found your site. I'm always looking for good reviews, and it looks like I found a whole bunch of them. Thanks for running such a great site!

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  33. I really want to read this book and you are totally awesome :)

    Laura
    mrs_laura_koehler@yahoo.com

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  34. I still have to read Heist Society!

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  35. I listen to audio books all day at work, so I know how bad they can get. It sucks trying to stick with a book that you know would be better if the reader wasn't so terrible. I am going to have to start this series, I love a good reader!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  36. I loved heist society and I have this on KINDLE! so excited!



    youngreadersathomeATgmailDOTcom

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  37. I didn't know that Heist Society will be made into a movie, but I'll definitely watch it!
    The audiobook seems like something I would listen to.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  38. I so wanna read this book ! really good review !
    starlight023@hotmail.com

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  39. I'm so excited to start this! It has a waiting list at my library that I've been sitting on since I checked out Heist Society a few weeks ago. I'm happy to hear this one matches up.

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

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  40. I can't wait to read this book!!! Great review :D

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  41. Great review Andye! I still haven't had the chance to read Heist society, your review makes me want to read this series straight away! :)

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  42. I love that this book is so clean! I picked up a copy of it at the library today. Thanks for the review!

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  43. I read Heist Society a little while ago and no I need to go pick this one up. Thanks for the great review of the book!

    alovell18 AT yahoo DOT com

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  44. I have never read anything about this author and I don't know why.
    I think I'll start with this series now.

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  45. I didn't realize Heist Society was being made into a film. That is such great news!

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  46. I haven't had much interest in these books to be honest, but you speak so highly of them, Andye...and you're pretty much ALWAYS right on with your recommendations to me. I may have to check this out.

    Love ya!
    Amy

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  47. I cant wait to read this!!! I read Heist society last year when came out and I loved it!

    mlahrichi22@gmail.com

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  48. It sucks that sometimes what ruins a book is the bad voice on the audiobook. That is why I don't listen to audiobooks anymore.

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