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Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island

Book 1
Narrated by: Mel Giedroyc
Series: Famous Five, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

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?

©2017 Hodder Children's Books; 1942 Hodder Children's Books

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Pure Nostalgic Indulgence

Let's start by saying that I'm a middle aged man, and this is not the kind of thing I'd normally listen to -- but it was in a 2 for 1 sale and I felt I would treat myself to a little childhood nostalgia.

I grew up on the Famous Five; I'd read all twenty one books by the time I was eleven, and was thoroughly captivated by the world of adventure that Enid Blyton had created for us.

So, I took a few hours out of my life to recap on this childhood classic, now in audiobook format -- and I'm not disappointed at all.

Yes, some people will complain about the updated wording and introduction of more politically correct language, and I agree that they have a point -- If I was buying the books I'd be searching ebay for some unaltered original copies -- but it's not worth getting fixated on, because the story and characters are still the same, and the language may make more sense to modern youngsters.

I forgot how much of an ******* Uncle Quentin was!

My recommendation is that you get this and the rest of the series for your kids (or yourself), and take your imagination back to a more innocent time!

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Excellent narration and story

Mel was excellent reading this and deserves lashings of ginger beer for her efforts.

It’s a long long time since I read these books as a child and listening to it again reminded me of a simpler time and of a nicer life. The story was surprisingly intense at times and although my older eyes can see the plot holes, I enjoyed it greatly.

My kids adore the books. I’ve bought 1,3, 4 & 5 (cheaper if you buy the kindle version and add on the audible version. I’ll buy 2 shortly as this has made me want to revisit them. Mel was a revelation.

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7 years old grandsonloved it.

A trip down memory lane for this old timer. A timeless children's classic which shows why Enid Blyton was so popular with children of all ages.

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Really exciting story for children.

My 7 Yr old son loved it and I enjoyed it too. There are no bad manners, attitudes or materialism in the story which is rather refreshing. Encourages imagination.

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Jolly Romp

Mel Giedroyc reads this 'Jolly Romp' really well, much better than the Jan Francis versions !
An audiobook than should be listened to by any age.

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perfect

took me way back my childhood. had to listen from start to finish. my 1st audio book

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Charming rendition, great, story, very nostalgic f

Why not have a listen of the Enid Blyton Classics. Sweet story of adventure, a whole adventure story built in a few hours of narrative.

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A great book!!

So fun and full of excitement and adventure
Great voice changes of the character’s! One of my favourites 👍👍

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Very good book

Brilliant my favourite book so far . So amazing
So good do exciting Brill amaze

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Great

It was very good really enjoyed listening to it .All of the famous five Audible books a great I do recommend famous five go to mystery moor and all of the others but this was very good 👍and I think that it would be a great nights 🌙listen.