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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Narrator: Suzanne Toren, Cassandra Morris, Bryan Kennedy, Gabra Zackman, Peter Kim, Robert Petkoff, Joshua Swanson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Secret Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781607887164
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In this fourth and penultimate book in the series, Cass and Max-Ernest set out on separate, yet equally dangerous, adventures.

Cass finds herself alone and disoriented, a stranger in a dream-like, medieval world. With the help of a long-lost relative, she begins to uncover clues and secrets, piecing together her family’s history as she fights her way back to the present world.

Meanwhile, Max-Ernest is back home and worried for his best friend. She’s in the hospital in a deep coma, and he knows she ate Time Travel Chocolate. He’s determined to find a cure, but can he diagnose Cass’ condition before it’s too late? And does he have what it takes to save the survivalist?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The ensemble cast expertly brings this story to life, and Joshua Swanson is superb as the first-person narrator. His delivery quickly pulls listeners into the story as if compatriots on a journey.”

    AudioFile

  • “Supersleuths at both branches of our bustling, suburban library can’t get enough of Pseudonymous Bosch’s Secret Series title, This Isn’t What It Looks Like.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Ehrler | 2/6/2014

    " Inthink that this isn't what it looks like is a very cool book that has a very great series preceding it. It is great for all ages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Treasure Ducky | 2/5/2014

    " These books are absolutely wonderful and so so clever. Awesome! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/20/2014

    " Answered some questions, created new questions. The ending was a brutal cliffhanger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherrylea | 1/18/2014

    " Pseudonymous Bosch, you're a genius!!! Creativity... Oh - and I promise, I love Max-Ernest(!!!). Those exclamation marks make sense after you read the book. (And Cass, seriously, clue in about the awesome friend you have!!!!!) There. I'm done now. Oh wait - and I love chocolate. A lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natali | 1/11/2014

    " Once again, the secrets series had fed my craving for humor and adventure with a dash of mystery and chocolate. New elements of fun are added in the most recent story of Cass and Max Ernest including warning lables, footnotes, and even an emergency drill for what to do in case the midnight sun were to snatch this book away from you ;). A whole new level of creativeness is brought to the humor in This Isn't What it Looks Like but also continues where we left Cass and Max Ernest from This Book Is Not Good For You. After Cass ate the dangerous dark chocolate, she put under a deep sleep and her mind is sent back in time to when her ancestor, the Jester, first discovered the Secret. Only now it's up to Cass to make sure that the Jester actually discovers the secret before Lord Pharaoh does. Meanwhile, Max Ernest is tramatized by Cass's sudden coma and is desperate to find a way to wake her up. For the first time, Max Ernest must work on his own, considering Yo Yoji's unavoidable trip back to Japan. Without his friends, will Max Ernest be able to fight the Midnight Sun alone? And will Cass ever wake up from her coma and bring back the Secret? Well, lets just say you'll find out all of these secrets...and a couple more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 1/4/2014

    " This was such an exciting fourth book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 12/27/2013

    " this book is the most awesome book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 12/24/2013

    " such a cliff hanger! I CANNOT wait for the next book in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loudfire | 12/24/2013

    " awesome! this series is unique. every name of a book, has the personality of the book, and the titles for the series definitely suits them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 12/19/2013

    " The only thing I wish is that I had boughten this one rather than borrowing it from the library. It was amazing with a fresh new plot and it was really enjoyable just like all the other ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 12/3/2013

    " Love love loved it cannot wait for the 5th book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 10/16/2013

    " it is a great book i hope the last book is great to "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 10/12/2013

    " I am so amazed with this book! I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylee | 9/20/2013

    " The only thing I didn't like is how abruptly he ended this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pierce | 9/1/2013

    " The survivalist, Cass, is a complex character. But in that essence she is so likable. Bosch's character depth stretches further into history with each book and with revelations of the past come increasingly more difficult situations the trio have to face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia Israelsen Blackwelder | 8/12/2013

    " I seriously love this series!!! They're so fun and interesting. The plot line is full of mystery and interesting characters, plus there's a lot of focus on chocolate in the plot line. What more can you ask for? I'm super excited to see what happens in teh next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/14/2013

    " Really liked the different POV chapters. Looking forward to book 5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cjvswimming | 11/10/2012

    " The end left me hanging on a cliff, didn't like the whole twist with time travel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgen | 4/19/2012

    " liked it better than the rest. more suspensful and grown up "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mas5thgrade2012 | 2/28/2012

    " This book is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Wayt | 1/1/2012

    " I am soooo glad I bought the fifth one yesterday! I really love this series, but I am sad that I am on the last book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jobert | 12/26/2011

    " Bitin!! At hindi na rin sya katulad nung previous books. Pero sige, masaya pa rin naman. Pambata lang eh. Anyway, I have to visit a bookstore pala later, wala ko nung next/last book, tsk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miya | 11/12/2011

    " I think that the plot was complex, and the characters were well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/28/2011

    " SO GOOD I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE LAST BOOK!!:) ONLY ONE MORE I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!:) I DON'T WANT THEM TO END!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 8/27/2011

    " I was kind of so-so with the previous books. This one was fantastic. Damn cliffhangers. I just want to read the next one now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keagan | 8/11/2011

    " Very nice cliffhanger at the end of this novel, can't wait to finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 7/13/2011

    " This was a really good book! I love how the author wrote it! I have read the Secret Series before this one and can't wait to read the next. This one was slower, I must say, than the rest, but still was another amazing book. Please keep writing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xandretta | 6/5/2011

    " These books are so ridiculous... The Narrator is so by far the best part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 5/20/2011

    " The 4th book in the Secret series finds new characters and old characters returning to the now familiar plot line. The biggest is the return of Benjamin Blake, who is acting unnaturally confident(??!). It also leaves you hanging from a cliff as high as Mt. Everest. A great book indeed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaliah | 4/22/2011

    " It was cool how this book finally revealed some of the questions some one might have from the last book. Pseudonymous Bosh has a great sense of humor! I can't wait for the next book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cjvswimming | 4/8/2011

    " The end left me hanging on a cliff, didn't like the whole twist with time travel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 4/3/2011

    " Inthink that this isn't what it looks like is a very cool book that has a very great series preceding it. It is great for all ages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylee | 2/27/2011

    " The only thing I didn't like is how abruptly he ended this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollie | 2/27/2011

    " Max Ernest and Cass are back! Cass is still in her chocolate-induced coma, and Max Ernest must figure out how to get her back. Though the plot did not have quite the same pizazz as the last three, readers of the series will be quite interested to find out what happens with The Secret. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 711Eren | 2/20/2011

    " Pseudonymous Bosch has made the fourth book of the amazing secret series. Cass is in a coma and she is in the Renaisance time period. Yo-Yoji is in Japan and Max-Ernest is in normal time and place. He knows that Cass ate the time travel chocolate. Can he save her before its too late? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravenclawnerd | 2/16/2011

    " Very good, although it doesn't have as much author participation as the other ones, and I forgot some stuff from the other books so I was a little confused. All in all, it's a good, quirky read... so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/13/2011

    " I need book 5 like NOW!!! I love this series. I think everyone should read this series no matter how much Mr. Bosch disagrees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 1/30/2011

    " Debo admitir que al principio no me gustó el giro sobrenatural que empiez a tomar la serie, pero la historia es mucho mejor que las anteriores, y el apego a los personajes está muy bien aprovechado. Y me encantó el final. Mucho. "

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About the Author
Author Pseudonymous Bosch

Pseudonymous Bosch is the anonymous pseudonymous author of the Secret Series. Not much is known about him other than that he has a passionate love of chocolate and cheese and an equally passionate hatred of mayonnaise. Rumors of Boschian sightings are just as frequent and about as reliable as reports of alien abductions. If you ever meet anyone claiming to be Pseudonymous himself he is almost certainly an impostor. The real Pseudonymous is said currently to be hiding in a cave in a remote jungle (although there are contrary reports that he is somewhere in Greenland).

About the Narrators

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.

Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine. To date, she has narrated over one hundred audiobooks, earned eleven Earphones Awards, and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns for Samsung, Silk Soy Milk, and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.

Bryan Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island and has been working as an actor and comedian in New York for the past several years. He has done numerous theater productions, voiceovers, commercials, and audiobooks.

Gabra Zackman is an actress and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University and performed at many venues in Chicago before touring the country with Boston Chamber Theatre. She has been seen on television in Law & Order.

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voiceover talent. He’s worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.