Audiobook review of Framed and Vanished

March 28, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 1

Audiobook review of Framed and Vanished

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Framed! by James Ponti
Length: 5 hours and 23 minutes
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Aladdin Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Brian Holden
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Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.
So you’re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help…What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country?
If you’re Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both.
Florian is twelve years old and has just moved to Washington. He’s learning his way around using TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things. It’s a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries such as: where to sit on the on the first day of school, or which Chinese restaurant has the best eggrolls.
But when he teaches it to his new friend Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn’t little. In fact, it’s HUGE, and it involves the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate known as EEL.
Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case?

Here is what I thought

Framed is a fun mystery surrounding a young boy and his new friend who end up consulting for the FBI.

Florian is a very observant young man and he calls it T.O.A.S.T or Theory of All Small Things. Basically it’s taking note of all the small things around you and being able to figure out things about people.

Florian and his family just moved to a new town and when he first meets Margaret he TOAST her and instead of thinking he was weird she wanted to learn so they hang out and go to an art gallery and he teaches her how to read the small things. It’s while they were there that Florian noticed some things. Then when some art is stolen later he gets involved when he tells about some things he seen. When he solves things before the FBI or police can figure it out the FBI guy decides to use him and then his friend to help figure out more about the crime as there was more to it than what happened.

I like Florian, he is a pretty cool character. He is flawed but that makes him a good character. He isn’t smug about his abilities or working with the FBI but he is a kid and does some things to get himself in trouble. Margaret is a good balance for him and keeps him in check most of the time.

I think this would be a fun story for young readers who are getting into mysteries and would recommend it.

Audiobook review of Framed and Vanished

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Vanished! by James Ponti
Length: 6 hours and 53 minutes
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Aladdin Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Brian Holden
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Florian Bates—the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists—must uncover the truth behind a series of middle school pranks that may or may not involve the daughter of the President of the United States in this hilarious second novel in the T.O.A.S.T. Mystery series.
Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time— well that’s just crazy. But that doesn’t stop Florian Bates!
After helping the FBI solve an art theft at the National Gallery and uncovering a DC spy ring, Florian’s finding life at Alice Deal Middle School a little boring. But that’s all about to change! His FBI handler, Marcus, has a job for him! Is it a bank robbery? Counterfeit ring? International espionage? Actually it’s middle school pranks…
Sounds pretty ordinary except that the pranks are happening at a prestigious private school attended by the President’s daughter who may—or may not—be involved. So Florian and Margaret are going undercover to see if they can use their TOAST skills to figure out what’s going on before the media gets hold of the story.
However, once the crime-solving pair arrive at the school, they discover that there’s a lot more than a few pranks going on and the conspiracy of silence reaches all the way to the top. Then a student vanishes in the middle of a concert at the Kennedy Center and things take a sinister turn!
Can Florian and Margaret save the day? Or are they about to get toasted?

Vanished continues with Florian and Margaret working as consultants for the FBI.

The Narrator

This series is read by Brian Holden and it was my first time listening to him. I really enjoyed his narration and thought he has a great voice for middle grade books and was easy to listen too.

Audio rating: 4

Audiobook review of Framed and Vanished

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Vanished! by James Ponti
Length: 6 hours and 53 minutes
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Aladdin Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Brian Holden
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

Florian Bates—the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists—must uncover the truth behind a series of middle school pranks that may or may not involve the daughter of the President of the United States in this hilarious second novel in the T.O.A.S.T. Mystery series.
Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time— well that’s just crazy. But that doesn’t stop Florian Bates!
After helping the FBI solve an art theft at the National Gallery and uncovering a DC spy ring, Florian’s finding life at Alice Deal Middle School a little boring. But that’s all about to change! His FBI handler, Marcus, has a job for him! Is it a bank robbery? Counterfeit ring? International espionage? Actually it’s middle school pranks…
Sounds pretty ordinary except that the pranks are happening at a prestigious private school attended by the President’s daughter who may—or may not—be involved. So Florian and Margaret are going undercover to see if they can use their TOAST skills to figure out what’s going on before the media gets hold of the story.
However, once the crime-solving pair arrive at the school, they discover that there’s a lot more than a few pranks going on and the conspiracy of silence reaches all the way to the top. Then a student vanishes in the middle of a concert at the Kennedy Center and things take a sinister turn!
Can Florian and Margaret save the day? Or are they about to get toasted?

In Vanished both Florian and Margaret are asked to go undercover in a different school where there are some pranks going on and things seem to be escalating. It’s also a school that the president’s daughters goes too and it looks like someone is trying to blame the pranks on her.

Florian and Margaret have get in good with certain kids to try and find information. Florian has to become friends with the president’s daughter which wasn’t hard as she was a nice girl. While doing so he notices some things about another kid who practices music and how the woman who is with him is always watching.

This was another fun mystery adventure with the two kids FBI helpers and I really enjoyed the mystery and how they figured out what was going on. Florian even helps the president solve a mystery of where a certain artifact in the white house had gone.

I think young readers will enjoy this series and I would recommend it.

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