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Publisher's Summary

Exclusively on Audible, hilarious history for ages eight and up.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Listen to the hilarious-but-true adventures of the world’s most amazing spies, document their actions, and most importantly: Do not let the enemy see you laugh. 

Here are the dossiers: 

  • Hercules Mulligan: Sure he sings about horses and corsets in a certain musical, but in real life he spied under the noses of the British for the entirety of the Revolutionary War - even when they were convinced he was a spy. 
  • Josephine Baker used her fame as a singer and dancer to smuggle hundreds of documents past the Nazis and helped numerous Jewish refugees escape Europe. 
  • Elizabeth Van Lew operated the largest spy ring for the Union forces - right in the heart of the Confederate capital. 
  • The Chevalier d’Eon: This 18th-century French diplomat, soldier, and spy became an international celebrity when she announced that she was a woman who had been forced to masquerade as a man - or was the other way around?

Spies! has it all: secret turnips, infiltrating pigeons, encrypted clothing, milk messages, prison breaks, snooping kitties, grave robbing, hanging monkeys, bumbling Brits, and even original songs.

So grab your miniature cameras and memorize your maps, Spies!: Sneaks, Snoops, and Saboteurs Who Shaped the World will steal its way to your funny bone. 

©2021 Scott McCormick (P)2022 Audible Originals

About the Creator

When he’s not flustering emus or stymying mambas, Scott McCormick enjoys annoying his children until they tell their mother. He also writes. He writes all kinds of stuff. Some of it is good. He wrote the Mr. Pants series of graphic novels. Those were good. You should totally check them out. So are the books he writes for Audible, including Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World, and its sequel, Rivals 2. He’s got a hilarious book about pirates coming out soon, and he’s also excited about his first novel, The Dragon Squisher, which is just as funny and squishy as it sounds. Scott lives on the western edge of the easternmost part of southern North Carolina, right smack in the middle of it all.

About the Performer

Joniece Abbott-Pratt’s numerous audiobook narrations have garnered her Earphone Awards for Tiffany D. Jackson’s Grown and Jordan Ifueko’s Raybearer, for which she also received a 2021 Audie nomination in Fantasy./n/nAlong with a full cast, she received a SOVA for Best Voiceover Audiobook Narration for Children (Infant-12) for Garbage Pail Kids by R. L. Stein./n/nIn addition to her work as a narrator, Joniece has worked professionally as an actor, appearing on stage and screen./n/nNotable stage productions include The Good Negro at the Public Theater and The House That Will Not Stand at New York Theatre Workshop. On screen she has worked on Evil, FBI: Most Wanted and Law & Order to name a few.

About the Performer

Gregory Connors is an actor, playwright, and mechanical engineer born in Cleveland, and based in New York. A graduate of New York University's Tisch MFA Graduate Acting Program, recent projects include: The Blacklist (NBC), FBI: Most Wanted (CBS), Coriolanus (The Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park), New Found Land: The Long Haul (Audible), Starfinder (Amazon), We Are (ESPN 30 for 30).

About the Performer

Elizabeth Evans is an accomplished voice over actress and award-winning audiobook narrator whose work has been recognized by the APA, AudioFile Magazine, USA Today and Bloomberg TV. She has recorded over 200 titles for all major publishers including Audible, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, Blackstone Publishing & more, and is known as the voice of the international best-selling YA series Throne of Glass and Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. In addition to her audiobook work, her voice can be heard in numerous video games, animated projects and national commercials including Twizzlers, Geico, Walmart, AT&T, and more. Recent Awards include a 2020 Earphones Award, 2020 Audie Award Nomination and a 2021 Audie Award Nomination.

About the Performer

Kdin is a trans woman voice talent from Austin, TX who started her professional journey in voice over back in 2013. With nearly a decade of experience she's worked on various projects from animation, video games, and audio books as well as being skilled in ADR. When she's not doing voice over Kdin also works as a producer/director at Rooster Teeth handling various projects in new media

About the Performer

Genesis is an actor, VO artist, and DJ based in NYC. Credits include Off-Broadway and Broadway (2018 Tony Award winning revival “Angels In America”). Described as “pitch perfect...” and “terrific...” by the NY Times, Genesis has appeared in acclaimed TV series such as “Little America” and “NOS4A2”, as well as, several national TV commercials including ads for SNICKERS, AT&T, KIA & many more./n/nHis voice can be heard in Radio/TV commericials, video games and Audiobooks. Genesis is honored to be an Audie Award nominee./n/nFind him on insta: @go.genesis.go

About the Performer

Carly Robins is a NYC based actress and voice over artist living in Brooklyn. She has narrated over 500 audiobooks and works regularly with a vast roster of publishers, production houses, and independent authors such as Audible Studios, Hachette, Harper Collins, Macmillan, Blackstone Publishing, Simon and Schuster, Dreamscape, Tantor, Brilliance and more. Audible awarded her Romance Audiobook of the Year 2018, for her work on The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Carly is extremely proud to have performed the voice of Amy March in the Audible Studios production of Little Women. It was a dream role and she could not be more grateful. Her work has been recognized with starred reviews in Library Journal and Booklist. Her work has been featured in USA Today, and ‘the best of’ for AudioFile Magazine and Audible. Her narration is often listed on the Audible Top 100 for Romance. She won a SOVAS award for her participation in Nevertheless We Persisted: Me Too. Carly can be heard on video games, promos, commercials, animation and ESL. She just wrapped the third and final season for Sun and Moon, voicing the character Wicke on Pokémon. She has performed for ten years in the NYC area and has written and produced her own work for stage and screen. She loves to cook, bake and talk about food for days and take long walks with her adorable dog Riley, husband, and baby girl.

About the Performer

Ron Butler is a highly lauded narrator, with over a dozen Audiofile Earphone Awards, and seven Audie Award nominations, (most recently for King and The Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, and The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull). His titles consistently make annual "Best Of" lists every year, and his work spans multiple genres. As an actor, he has over a hundred film, theater, and television credits, (most notably as a regular on True Jackson VP), and an IFP Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People. He has written, directed and produced social media content garnering millions of views, and spends his time between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA.

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another funny one!

this author has a great sense of humor! narrators are hilarious! if you've listened and enjoyed his "rivals" series, you will love these, too!

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Informative and funny

The storyline and script are too funny. Love that it is educational with a twist. If you don’t get the jokes, go read some history books.

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Take your Spies! with Sarcasm

Listen with attention. It is easy with the great voice actors involved in this book. I was a history teacher, so I love a hearing my stories seeped in accurate history, presented in teen age vernacular. My students would love this.

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Another fabulously fun book by Scott McCormick

Another fabulously fun and factual book in the series. This time we learn about effective spies in this audio romp. You can't help but want to listen. Mr. McCormick uses humor to engage the young generation and teach them history. Looking forward to Scott McCormick's next book.

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I love the Rivals Series!

I have all four books in my library. This one is a great addition. I love the humor and performances that are presented. My kids, who are now in high school also love these books and ask me to play them all the time. They are a great way to learn the history that they refuse to teach you in class.

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Education as Entertainment

Can’t begin to tell y’all how much the whole family has been enjoying this series! The performance and information has equally been enjoyed and my family ranges from 6yrs old to 51yrs. Rivals 1&2, and Pirates are also books not to be missed. Well done Audible and Co.!

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Entertaining!

It was more playful, comedic, and musical than I expected for some serious topics, but turned out to be quite enjoyable and educational! I definitely recommend it. It's a pretty quick listen too. Finished all at once.

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always a fun little history lesson

the rival series is always a fun listen to with interesting facts about historical figures

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Comical! Fun! And yet, the feels

It's by no means dark or sad, and focuses on the whimsical and comical performances to tell a story, but the underlying importance and sacrifice by each of the historical figures covered cannot help but make you feel like you have not done enough to appreciate the life that fought for and built up for you.

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I love these books!

It was interesting and educational. I never knew these things about Josephine Baker. Incredible.

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Amazing, Informative, Funny

The narrator does an amazing job of telling the tales and lives of famous spies through history. The cast bring these stories to life with their funny accents, asides, quips, sarcasm, and even talking back to the narrator herself. Even if history and spies aren't your thing, but you love a bit of zany humour, I implore you to give it a try. I picked it up on a whim and I am so glad I did. I enjoy Scott McCormick's work as both author and narrator/performer, and this didn't let me down.