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Agent 355

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,025 ratings  ·  447 reviews
Listening Length: 2 hours and 7 minutes

From Marie Benedict, best-selling author of The Only Woman in the Room and Lady Clementine, comes a captivating work of historical fiction about a young female spy who may have changed the course of American History.

The tide is turning against the colonists in the Revolutionary War, and 18-year-old Elizabeth Morris cannot sit by idly.
Audible Audio, 2 pages
Published July 2nd 2020 by Audible Original
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Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this. It was an interesting, quick listen. I had meant to listen to it whenever I happened to have free time but I wound up making time to hear the whole story, which is actually a big deal since often, historical fiction doesn't interest me. But while I enjoyed it, I didn't feel like there was something missing. The description says it's a story about romance, adventure and espionage. In order for all of three to be in this two-hour audiobook, there was very little of each. ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audible Original performance by Emily Rankin. 2hrs 7 minutes

Marie Bendict has introduced me to some fascinating women in her novels ( Carnegie's Maid, The Other Einstein, and Lady Clementine) and her fictional character, Elizabeth Morris may just be one of my favorites. Agent 355 explores how a woman long forgotten by history helped provide essential information to the continental army during the revolutionary war. As the author notes, the woman's identity has been long debated and whether or
* A Reader Obsessed *
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, mf, audio
3.5 Stars

A fictional interpretation of real events depicting a young woman who risks her life to help the American Revolution.

This offers high stakes drama that was compelling and a romance that was heartbreaking in the sacrifices made.
Lisa Wolf
A beautiful, powerful Audible Original about Agent 355, the mysterious spy who provided key intelligence that helped Washington's army win the Revolutionary War. In this audiobook, author Marie Benedict creates a fictional tale about a young New York woman who might possibly have been Agent 355. Through this first person narrative, we learn what drove her to her activism and to put her own life at risk for the greater good. It's a lovely story, well worth listening to. ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Agent 355” by Marie Benedict and narrated by Emily Rankin is an audible original production about a female spy in the late 1700’s. Benedict is known for her historical fiction stories of women who changed history. Agent 355 is an unknown woman who worked as a spy who is thought to have a major role in exposing Benedict Arnold. Because this agent is, to this day, still unknown, Marie Benedict used her imagination to create her protagonist and the situations under which she lived.

I’ve become a fa
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Do you remember the American Girl dolls? Anyone else ever read those little book series when you were younger? For some reason, I think I went into this expecting a more teeny-bopper version of those books. Something along the vein of the Felicity series...probably because of the horse in the picture. I don't know why! But my brain started filling in a lot of gaps, apparently.

Well, imagine my brain taking a couple startled steps back, wide-eyed, with a stunned hand over my heart about 90% of th
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, mainstream, audible
British soldiers are quartered in the New York City home of Elizabeth Morris and her Tory parents. During various parties at the house, British Officers think nothing of talking about the war in front of Elizabeth and her friends. After all, what woman could understand what they are talking about? Elizabeth sees this as her chance to help the colonists win the war. She approaches Robert Townsend, a shop owner who sympathizes with the colonists. Elizabeth becomes part of General Washington's Culp ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

Please refer to yourself as Agent 355 or get out.

Agent 355 was so much fun to listen to! How could you not enjoy some rebels going against the British? Sign me up for this historical ride! From the very beginning, you just knew that Elizabeth didn't fit in. Even if she tried to do so.. it just felt odd. Yet, her mother was all like.. you need to marry to a fancy schmancy guy already or may your vagina be covered in cobwebs forever.

Yada yada yada.

I absolutely loved
Erin Arkin
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick dive into the role Agent 355 played in the revolution and while it was only around 2 hours long, it was a great read. I definitely recommend checking it out! The narrator does a fantastic job too!
Lindsay Luke
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Short Audible freebie. Agent 355 was the code for a female member or members of the Culper spy ring in the American Revolution. No one knows who this person specifically was, but she played a role in the discovery that Benedict Arnold was planning to turn West Point over to the British and arrest and hanging of British spy John Andre.
The author wrote this novella based on her theory of who agent 355 might have been. In this book, she is the patriot daughter of New York loyalists. She reads patri
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh dear, where do I start. I listened to this with my 18 year old daughter while doing a puzzle together.
We were intrigued by the premise of this book - a strong willed young lady assisting the rebels during the American Revolution. Problem was, she reminded us regularly during the book that she is a strong young woman and that one thing or another was "because she is a woman". I get it. I know that's the case, which is a big part of why I was interested in the story. I just wanted it to be part
Alice 🌙
4/5 ⭐️
A woman spy durring the revolution working against the Brittish? Hell yeah! Girl power!
Jay DeMoir
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
fast paced and engaging.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
this book was so basic.

We have Elizabeth who isn't like other girls because she doest flirt with other men, she doesn't want to marry or do housework.

Then there's Robert who's the mysterious stranger and conveniently handsome.

the plot was so thin. so so so thin.

the ending was... ok.

the writing was ok but honestly so simply.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, read-2020
A fictional take on the real-life female spy codenamed "Agent 355" who uncovered vital information during the American Revolution but whose true identity remains unknown. Short but entertaining, though I would've liked the story to focus more on the espionage part and less on romance. ...more
Judith von Kirchbach
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, entertaining, well researched free audible original, I highly recommend this audiobook !
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a novella that really interested me. We would all love to know who Agent 355 really was. This is the first fictionalized account I've ever read about her. The art work on the cover sucked me right in. What a great cover!

It's well written and well narrated. I liked it a lot actually and would've given it 5 Stars had it not been for the ending. It's sort of a vague, cryptic ending where the reader can guess what happens. It certainly wasn't a happy ending and I just don't like being left
Sharon Conty
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting, quick read.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
American Revolution Girl Power

Quick story that makes you wonder how much might have been true. Make sure to listen to the author's notes at the end as she explains her research into this woman spy during the American Revolution that could've been real. These were brave people in an uncertain time doing what they felt was right for the good of the many, despite the risks. I think this was relatable and empowering without ruining the authenticity of the historical era.

The narrator had very clear s
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-all-ears
I love that it’s based on a real life heroine!
Kimberly-Dawn Quinn
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best of Historical Fiction based on true events during the Revolutionary War. Who were these spies for the Patriot cause and were any of them women? In this book at least one of them is a strong woman living in Loyalist New York City. The author truly “showed us not told us” about life in Colonial times. The detail of everything from society events, the homes and living conditions under British soldiers quartering. I became invested in the heroine and the tensions of not only strictl ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it

Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone audiobook novella. I got this book as a free Audible Originals audiobook with my Audible membership.

Audiobook Quality (4/5): The audiobook was well narrated, nothing too special but decent to listen to.

Story (3/5): I think the idea behind this story is a good one, the author is trying to highlight women in history who have been overlooked. I found it interesting to learn about Agent 355 (Elizabeth),although this story is more speculation than history. T
Krista Lukas
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books-read
***possible spoilers***At first, I was not impressed with this program, as it seemed to be historical facts dressed up in a story. However, as I continued listening, I gained an appreciation for what the author was accomplishing and was bowled over. Her goal is to bring to light the founding mothers who have mostly been ignored in textbooks. She accomplishes that here by fictionalizing the life of a female spy, known to history only as Agent 355, but she did research to narrow down who the woman ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Agent 355" is an effort to excavate the story of a real-life heroine of the American Revolution. The author, Marie Benedict, says that her effort will probably turn out to be fiction, but she says she did a lot of research trying to find the identity of this real-life woman spy on the colonial side. There were five or six likely candidates who could have done what the female spy actually did, and this story is about the one the author thought most likely to be the real one. ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Audible original. I enjoyed this short 2hr Listen. It had adventure, history, romance & heartbreak.
Agent 355 was, in fact, an actual spy during the American Revolution. Her true identity is still unknown. During the epilogue author Marie Benedict states that Agent 355's heroic efforts deserved to be remembered. Unfortunately this audiobook focuses more Agent 355 presumed love life and motherhood (two things about Agent 355 of which historians know absolutely nothing) rather than her espionage efforts for the American Revolution (the one thing about Agent 355 of which historians do know). ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it

As I did not grow up in the US and I did not study American history in the same detail I studied the Romanian/European history in school, I was not aware of the spies that were active during the fight for American independence. This was a very short and helpful introduction and I plan on reading more about those times now, my interest was definitely peaked. I just think the subject warranted more “listening” time, the characters were interesting, but a bit one-dimensional. A good quick audi
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good short historical fiction story!!
Jul 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
If you are looking for a fast read without much development but reflects back on historical events you might enjoy this. The main character Elizabeth is a silly young woman and there are a number of plot holes. The author had good intentions to give women in history a voice, but this book only provides a silly little love story which masquerades as historical fiction.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
This was a good story about what may have happened in the past. However the ending was sad.
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Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a commercial litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. While practicing as a NYC lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing. She embarked on a new, thematically connected series of historical fiction excavating th ...more

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