Audiobook Review: Spy School: Stuart Gibbs

Spy School

Narrated by Gibson Frazier

Can an undercover nerd become a superstar agent? Ben Ripley sure hopes so—and his life may depend on it!

Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his innate nerdiness, Ben is not surprised when he is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science—but he’s entirely shocked to discover that the school is actually a front for a junior C.I.A. academy. Could the C.I.A. really want him?

Actually, no. There’s been a case of mistaken identity—but that doesn’t stop Ben from trying to morph into a supercool undercover agent, the kind that always gets the girl. And through a series of hilarious misadventures, Ben realizes he might actually be a halfway decent spy…if he can survive all the attempts being made on his life!

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ben Ripley may be an awkward teenager, but his country needs him. Ben is recruited by the CIA and whisked off to a spy academy. If Ben felt out of place at his old school, he’s definitely a fish out of water at the academy. The rest of the students are leaps and bounds ahead of him. It doesn’t take long for Ben and the rest of the gang at spy school to figure out that something fishy is going on and the powers to be at the academy are in on it. But, the CIA and school administration may have underestimated dear ole Ben.

What a fun listen! Stuart Gibbs story grabs you right from the start and 6 hours later you’re grinning like a Cheshire cat because you’ve been thoroughly entertained. Spy School is non-stop action, fun and adventure.

The audiobook is read by Gibson Frazier and his narrating style took this already awesome book to a whole other level. Gibson has a high energy delivery and the fast pace is perfect for this audiobook. Spy School is written for young adults, but anyone 13 and older will enjoy the telling.

This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!


A few interesting things that Stuart Gibbs has done:

Worked at a zoo

Researched capybaras (the world’s largest rodents)

Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

Cage dived with great white sharks

Faced down a charging elephant

Ice-climbed a glacier in Patagonia

Visited the cockpit of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

Helped rescue sixteen children from drowning off the coast of Israel

Written a few movies that actually got made (See Spot Run; Repli-Kate; Showdown)

Worked on a few animated movies (Anastasia; Open Season 3; Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers)

He is currently at work on some more books. “Spy Ski School,” the fourth book in the Spy School series will be out October 11, 2016. “Panda-Monium,” the fourth book in the FunJungle series, will be out in April 2017. The fifth Spy School book will be out in fall 2017, and “Waste Of Space,” the third book in the Moon Base Alpha series, will be out in spring, 2018.

You can learn more about what Stuart is up to at


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