Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy. Together they are The Famous Five.
'There was something else out on the sea by the rocks - something dark that seemed to lurch out of the waves...What could it be?'
Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the holidays with their tomboy cousin George and her dog, Timothy. One day, George takes them to explore nearby Kirrin Island, with its rocky little coast and old ruined castle on the top.
Over on the island, they make a thrilling discovery, which leads them deep into the dungeons of Kirrin Castle on a dangerous adventure. Who - and what - will they find there?
©2013 Enid Blyton (P)2013 Hodder Children's Books
I read some of the famous five books when I was young, so decided to buy this to introduce my children to something that I had enjoyed. It went down better than I expected, the story really hasn’t dated much at all, and both of my kids loved it and are now looking forward to book 2 on our next long car journey.
Bought this for my sons. I enjoyed it more than them because of the memories it brought back when I used to read it as a kid myself.
A trip down memory lane, and I was not disappointed. Easy listening. A delight and such a treat to have it read to me this time.. Thanks
Enjoyable and nostalgic but again so surprised wonderful Tim was so misdescribed! Also so many references to jeans which really jars as they all wore shorts, even Anne when she wasn't wearing a dress or skirt. Such a pity as so few words are changed from the original text, even those far more outdated. Just wish it was all left as it was written. Apart from these cringeworthy changes, really enjoyed it. But...... Timmy was a large brown mongrel dog!!!!
We enjoyed this on the car journey to school and back. short enough chapters for shorter journeys, the children were eager to hear the next. They love the famous five and this was a fantastic adventure. Jan Francis read it perfectly and bought the characters to life
Great fun, and kept my 5 and 8 year old grand-daughters and my daughter happy in the car during a long day's drive from France back to UK.
We adults enjoyed it too, remembering when we were children and first read it ourselves, so it covered three generations.
"Not Just for Kids"
This is a great story to get acquainted with the Famous Five series.
Insightful characterisations, believable storyline, skilfully performed by Jan Francis.
Don't be put off by the one voice doing all of the characters. More professional
and enjoyable to listen to than the use of various child voices used in the dramatisations.
May take a few minutes to get used to the voices, but once you do, you're on your way.
I have always loved the Famous Five series. Safe, fun, action (and food) filled adventures for kids! Jan Francis is an excellent narrator, not only giving each character a distinct voice, but acting and performing throughout. Highly recommended.
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