• The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (6,081 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this Audible Original prequel to Ally Carter's New York Times best-selling Gallagher Girls series, narrator Rebecca Soler brings her charm, enthusiasm, and impeccable accent work to the world of teen spies and boarding school drama, making for a perfect introduction to the series—or a new favorite for long-time listeners.

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check.

Cammie might be a Gallagher legacy, but she's about to learn that the most intimidating part about the Gallagher Academy are the Gallagher Girls themselves. Soon Cammie and her clumsy-but-genius roommate Liz, and the glamorous Bex have to learn the most important lesson of the seventh grade: getting into spy school is hard. Surviving spy school is harder. 

©2018 Ally Carter (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from The Spies That Bind

They see everything…
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Cammie takes in the scenery.
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Not your average trophy case
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Publisher's Summary

In this Audible Original prequel to Ally Carter's New York Times best-selling Gallagher Girls series, narrator Rebecca Soler brings her charm, enthusiasm, and impeccable accent work to the world of teen spies and boarding school drama, making for a perfect introduction to the series—or a new favorite for long-time listeners.

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check.

Cammie might be a Gallagher legacy, but she's about to learn that the most intimidating part about the Gallagher Academy are the Gallagher Girls themselves. Soon Cammie and her clumsy-but-genius roommate Liz, and the glamorous Bex have to learn the most important lesson of the seventh grade: getting into spy school is hard. Surviving spy school is harder. 

©2018 Ally Carter (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.
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Our favorite moments from the Gallagher Girls series

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
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Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
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Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
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Only the Good Spy Young
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Out of Sight, Out of Time
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United We Spy
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  • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
  • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
  • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
  • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
  • Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
  • Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
  • Only the Good Spy Young
  • Only the Good Spy Young
  • Out of Sight, Out of Time
  • Out of Sight, Out of Time
  • United We Spy
  • United We Spy

About the Author

Ally Carter writes books about teen spies, thieves, and diplomats. She has authored several New York Times best-selling young adult series, including Heist Society, Gallagher Girls, and Embassy Row. In 2018, Carter released her first standalone novel, Not If I Save You First, and contributed a story to Hope Nation, a collection of inspirational personal essays for teens written by beloved YA authors. She lives in Oklahoma, where her life is either very ordinary…or the best deep-cover legend ever. She can be found on Twitter (@OfficiallyAlly) or Instagram/Facebook (@theallycarter).

About the Performer

Rebecca Soler is a New York City based actress known for her extensive and varied voice work. She can be heard as Tig Torres in Lethal Lit, which was recognized by The New York Times as one of the great podcasts of 2018. Other notable credits include animation work in Pinkalicious & Peterrific, Turtles Forever, Viva Piñata, Huntik, Winx Club, and Chaotic. She has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards and Odyssey Awards for her work in audiobook narration. She is also the executive producer of the web series With Friends Like These. In addition to narrating, Soler loves books, football, and cheese and she can be found on Twitter: @rsolervo.

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A fun listen

I'm a senior citizen but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The reader is one of the best I've ever heard (and I've been listening to audio books since they were on tapes! ;) . She infuses the story with emotion, does the accents, reads it naturally without pauses in the wrong place.

I never read/heard the Gallagher Girls books but might try one after this. It was a real pleasure.

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Stupid and Unbelieveable

We have an 1860's feminist 18-year-old girl who SAYS she wants to please her traditional mother, and who then promptly saves Abraham Lincoln from an assassin. Then she talks about what she learned in middle school -- something that wouldn't exist for another 100 years ... who talks like a Valley Girl ... I gave up after 15 minutes.

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Highly Recommend

I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough! It is ideal for anyone who has or hasn't read the Gallagher Girls series. Rebecca Soler is a fantastic reader and I love how she made each character distinct and really alive.
Within the first three minutes I knew I was hooked and I've already started my second listen thru.

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Unique idea, cliche execution

I was into this book at first, but stopped after chapter 6. It uses every kid story cliche there is, and jokes parents think kids like but have seen on every episode of a Disney channel show. Like a bumbling science teacher accidentally blowing things up and smoke coming through the door.

Feels like Harry Potter meets spy kids, but a lot of the character conversations don't feel genuine. That mixed with the cliches made me stop midway through chapter 6.

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Now I have to buy the series.

I think I'm going to love this series. this free prequel has me itching for more.
Very cute, very fun. It does seem like it will be like Harry Potter. It shows good morals, behaviors camaraderie and friendships. I think my kids will like this book too.

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Hogwarts for Spies

So, you have a genius non-legacy (muggle?) girl who doesn't quite fit in; a legacy who isn't sure of herself; and a super-spy to be in a school with hidden passages and the group needing to support each other to make it through. Felt like I was listening to a Harry Potter rip-off from the second chapter on. And, definitely, not as well written.

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Great read for adults and young girls!

Wonderful story. Great balance between the main story line and the inner thoughts and feelings of a 12 year old girl. Nancy Drew of the 21st century. Enjoyable read for all ages.

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Loved it!

Great introduction to the series! literally made me laugh out loud a few different times!

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Fantastic! Five Stars for An Amazing Performance.

The Spies That Bind was everything I could have hoped for as a prequel to my favorite series. I absolutely loved every single moment of it. The most memorable part for me was when Cammie found her first secret passageway. Rebecca Soler is amazing as the voice of Cammie Morgan.

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Tween book

This would be a good book for a 10-12 year old girl. Not sure why it was advertised in the adult section. Silly simple book

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  • Rhema Ime Albert
  • 07-30-21

How didn’t I know about this.

Gallagher Girls was my childhood and this took me right back I had a huge smile on my face reading about them as littles. I can’t believe how much I still love this series. I hugely recommend the entire series to everyone.

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  • James Jackson
  • 07-01-22

Brilliant sequel to the series

Absolutely loved it! Perfect little story to predate the book series. I want more

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  • Steve Pugh
  • 03-19-22

good

I had never heard of the Gallagher Girls(hope i spelt that right) before I listened to this audiobook

I recomend this book to anyone who like mysteries

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  • Peter O.
  • 08-31-21

weak plot but fun read

I found the plot to this book weak, but it was fun to see how the characters met . I missed Zach and Macey, though.

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  • Kat
  • 07-20-21

Perfect for nostalgia💕

First of all, I loved the story and I was so excited to be back in the Gallagher Academy with some of my absolute favourite characters🥰😍

My one qualm would be the British accents used by the narrator for a couple characters (the characters are supposed to be British, but there was an American twang to the accent or it was overdone at times so it would have probably been better to have someone else add the voices in for those characters).

Overall, it was fabulous and I could not put it down/stop listening to it... which led to a longer walk, but I'm not complaining!
Ally Carter did a great job again!💕

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  • Ava
  • 09-15-18

Love the series and this book was not exception

Loved the book and the storyline so inpeiering I loved how it fits the books and the story line would recommend it

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  • Vie
  • 07-08-18

LOVE

Wanted to smack the hell out of tina. but it's so cute. Love it x

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-04-18

good prequel to the series

wish the rest were available as the narrator is plesant to listen to and carriea the energy well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-18

Heartwarming revisit to the Gallagher academy

It's rare to find authors who deliver consistently on plot, characterisation and energy at a high standard, and here is one - Ally Carter invokes teenage girl without being heavy-handed, portrays adults as imposing but rational (unlike many YA novels who vilify), summons a creative fantasy universe and inspires female achievement and strong sisterhood all at once.

Recommended for readers of the Gallagher girl series as a serious nostalgia trip.

Except for some at times awkward accents, a very good performance and appropriate voice for the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-23-18

The Perfect Prequel

After feeling like I was Cammie at the Gallagher Academy when reading the original novels, this book felt like walking down memory lane!! Another brilliant one by Ally Carter, and so well read by Rebecca Soler!

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