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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
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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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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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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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 that 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 great, now in audiobook format -- and I'm not disappointed at all.

Yes, some people will complain about the rewording and 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 originals -- but it's not worth getting fixated as the story and characters are still the same and the language may make more sense to a modern audience.

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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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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the kids loved it and we did too!!

and the narrator was a real brick ;) made it interactive and relatable. real family fun!

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Fab!

Great story and so well told! My sons and I really enjoyed this first book and can't wait to hear the rest!

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Lovely story and read perfectly.

wonderful and brought back very happy memories of the Famous Five when I first read them over 40 years ago.

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A bit too quick!

She speaks like she’s in fast forward most of the time, but pleasant to listen to

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Very good!<br />

My children enjoyed listening to this story very much, it is a good starter point to developing thier imaginations instead of watching TV!

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