I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

Gallagher Girls, Book 1
Narrated by: Renée Raudman
Series: Gallagher Girls, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
4 out of 5 stars (818 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school for spies.

Cammie Morgan is a second-generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year she's already fluent in 14 languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (one of which involves a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for is what to do when she falls for a boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl.

Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through town without his ever being the wiser - but can she have a relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's beginning her most dangerous mission - falling in love.

©2007 Ally Carter (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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AWESOME!

This is a great book for girls/teens! I listened to this before I gave my students the option to read the book. I liked the narrator's voices and what's best is that there isn't any inappropriate content in the book (which the exception of "hell" that was written once or twice). I would highly recommend this spectacular "spy" book!

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Wanted to like it, but it's not like the prequel

First I have to say, I'm not female and I'm not a tween/teen either. I got the prequel simply because it was a free book from Audible Originals for the month. I had enjoyed the Spy School series, so I got the prequel and I was pleasantly surprised.
Unfortunately, this one isn't like the prequel. First the narrator isn't as good as Rebecca Solder's job in the prequel, and in spots just gets plain annoying. Also, the story was a lot more tween soap opera on this one as well. There was a lot of character development in the short prequel but everything is more flat here. While the prequel showed good morals, camaraderie, and friendships, this one seemed to just be about a bunch of boy crazy girls basically stalking some poor guy. Overall the story here is even more cliche and predictable. While I thought the prequel was a good book for everyone, this is really just for boy crazy tweens.

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I wanted to love this, but it missed the mark.

The story was a little too focused on boys and romance for me; I wanted this to be a little more adventurous and a little deeper, but found instead that it was typical teen stuff, in a new setting.
I also found the narrator cloying... she worked hard to make her voice sound young, and while she settled in after a while, it didn't work for me. (The times when she portrayed adult characters, I found her voice much richer.)
all that said, I LIKED the story, I just hoped for something a little more.

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Not a fan of the narrator!

My 11 year old daughter and I listened to 'The Spies That Bind' together and LOVED it!! We were excited to listen to the next book in the series. The moment this book started, my daughter and I looked at each other with disappointment at the sound of the new narrator's voice. We took a week off of listening to get the original narrator's voice out of our heads. and upon returning we haven't stopped listening to the entire series daily!!

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Suffers from poor narration

I bought this after listening to the prequel, which had a different narrator. In the prequel, the main character, Cami, was entering 7th grade, and the narrator did a great job of playing that age. In this book, Cami is now a sophomore, but the narrator makes her sound like an elementary school student. It's jarring coming from the prequel where the character was younger, but actually sounded more mature. I recommend listening to the sample before purchasing.

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Appeals to the teen girl I once was

Ok, so this book wasn't good as Heist Society, but I am fast becoming an Ally Carter fan! The Gallagher Girls are just great fun. Not only did I relate to the boarding school misconceptions, I whole-heartedly enjoyed the homage paid to Alias and other spy genre greats. I wondered if the main characters in both series would be similar, but Carter crafts them uniquely despite the similarities in their secret-filled lives. I enjoyed the light-hearted humor that kept potentially intense scenes from being taken too seriously. Unlike Alias, this is no "Project Christmas" creating super-human spies. No matter what the girls' special skills, they are all still just high school girls with high school girl problems. See you in sub level 2.

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Teen lit

Bought for a road trip with my 12 year old niece. I feel very silly, but I liked the 2 we listened to in the series. They were cute and sweet great tween books that aren't full of sex or violence. I was not bored or annoyed to listen.

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Cute story

This is the second series I have read/listened to by Ally Carter. I LOVED the Heist Society novels and the first in the Gallagher Girls series didn't dissapoint. The book is humorous and witty. Despite the fact the main character is a fifteen year old spy in training, she still deals with real teenage girl problems.

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Makes me happy to be back to school!

After reading The Spies That Bind earlier this year, I was more than ready to get back to the Gallagher school for gifted girls... a school that teaches more than math and foriegn languages, as the curriculum also includes courses such as: Defusing a Bomb, and Covert Operations Techniques. Yes, the secret kept within Gallagher's fenced yard, is that it's training the next generation of spies... of "Gallagher Girls"!
This is a purely delightful YA series. Ally Carter fills the pages with all the fun, and all the pitfalls facing teens with their first loves. When Cammie Morgan, the protagonist, meets up with a normal boy, she finds that lying is her only recourse, and a friendship built on lies, puts real friendship on very shaky ground.
Reneé Raudman's excellent narration captured every nuance, every bit of teen angst, and every bit of joy written into this book!
Overall, I'm Extremely Happy with Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girls" series, and I can't imagine that you wouldn't be, as well!

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Ok...

This is more an adolescent novel than what I consider a YA book. Highly recommend reading it instead of listening to it on audio. The narrator sounded like an Elementary aged girl rather than a sophomore and it really ruined it for me

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