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Who in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

Written by: Rebecca Tinker
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For decades, people have asked the question: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? But just who is this infamous and elusive globe-trotting criminal? 

A skilled thief on a mysterious mission, Carmen Sandiego is endlessly pursued by ACME and Interpol. But the woman in the red fedora is always one step ahead! 

In this novelization, based on the Netflix animated series, Carmen shares her own backstory for the first time ever. Now, it's time to find out...who in the world Carmen Sandiego is.

©2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Carmen Sandiego and related characters are trademarks of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and used under license. Published by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • James Tharpe
  • 2019-03-10

Great for kids, not for adults

I listened to this with my nine year old who was riveted by the story and narration, but I was bored out of my mind. I at least thought I might learn some geography, but no, not really. The story is simplistic and somewhat fantastical - a fun and indulgent read for kids, but not something parents and kids can really enjoy together.

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  • Tony E.
  • 2019-01-22

Enjoyable Listen. World Building For A New Game?

Having grown up at the right time, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego was a constantly played game on my computer. It was fun. It was educational. It was annoying frustrated that I never caught the thief but only got the stolen artifacts back. Now this fun is back for a new generation with a twist which gives a background and personality to the greatest thief in the world.
I enjoyed this book as an adult looking back on the computer games and Rockapella singing the earworm of a theme song. I can see this as a future platform game, still educational in its focus with geography and history, with "Player" being the person playing the game.
Narration by Kyla Garcia was spot on for the character.. I haven't watched any of the Netflix series yet to see if it is comparable to Gina Rodriguez as the title character. She has a natural flow for this story which is engaging.
This does make me want to go ahead and watch the Netflix series now. Maybe even with my kids.

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  • Charlotte Steinbrenner
  • 2019-04-02

Life was better when Carmen was a felon...

I’d hoped this would resurrect childhood memories of trying to capture the ever elusive Carmen Sandeigo. It didn’t. In this book Carmen has been whitewashed. Instead of being one of the world’s greatest villains, she’s turned into a goody-two-shoes that stops V.I.L.E. criminals herself. The writing was decent, but the story lacked what was so great about the original character and purpose - I got to be the hero to save the day.

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  • M. A. G.
  • 2019-01-24

My Childhood

This book brought back so many memories of watching this show after school. I cannot express enough how much I appreciated and LOVED this story. To find out the background on my favorite red- coated super thief has made me so happy.

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  • Darcia Darcy
  • 2019-02-05

Written for children

This was too brief of story to be well-thought-out. It was a rapid-fire trip down Carmen Sandiego’s past. It would have been really interesting to me when I was 12, and I’m not sorry I listened to it, but it’s absolutely a children’s/YA book.

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  • Stephan
  • 2019-01-29

The lady in red

Excellent blast from the past. I enjoyed learning the origins of a child hood hero.

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  • CFP
  • 2019-02-01

I love this story

I love this story so much and I'm so happy that there is a series now too! Carmen shows that girl power is a real thing and takes you on the other side, showing that the bad side isn't really that bad. her life is very interesting, and also are her friends and enemies. I think the most interesting thing though is her personality. She is very curious and persistent and will not give up. I have already watched the first season and it is full of excitement. and twists, so is this story.It teaches you that the most valuable things in life aren't worth millions of dollars, but priceless and doesn't have to be a huge gem but your closest friends. I think that anyone should read this and enjoy it a lot. it is one of the best stories ever in my opinion.

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  • Marleigh Cowgill
  • 2019-01-26

Very disappointing

Its just copy and paste practically line for line from the Netflix show nothing new or more to the story like in the description.
The reader is very boring and gives bland reading it was annoying.

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  • Christine Deeths
  • 2019-02-03

Great Story

This book was excellent. My kids and I listened to the entire thing in one day. In fact they would not get out of the car because they wanted to finish it. Would recommend for any parents who remeber Carmen San Diego from their childhood.

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  • E
  • 2019-01-25

Fun, quick listen

Kinda lame how she got her name, but it makes sense. Nice quick and easy listen. Makes me want to watch a few episodes from the show.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful