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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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Book good narrative awful

Jan Francis is the only decent narrator on these books. This one talks too fast.

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TERRIFIC AND AMAZING 🤩

I like this 📚 book 📚 so much
I recommend it to anyone who likes 👍 Agatha Christie or other adventure stories by author’s I haven’t mentioned.
I’m going to keep on reading this book 📖 until I get 😐 bored 😐 and then I will have to read the next book 📕 in the series (I will never 👎 in my whole entire life get bored 😑)
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Fantastic!

It is a really good book.😀Thank you. We were captivated by the whole story. We can't wait to hear about the next adventures of the Famous Five!

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The book

The book was apalotly amazing and if I could I would read it all night.

I love goegena she is so adventurous and she is a risk taker

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Very nostalgic but dreadful narration

I thought I would treat myself to a Famous Five and remind myself how exciting they all were when I was reading them as a child. The story didn't fail to bring back nostalgic memories (some 50 years on!) and at first I thought Mel Giedroyc was going to be a good reader. Not so though. She seemed to get quicker and quicker, and when reading narrative, often spoke so fast that I had difficulty in following what she was saying. It completely spoilt my enjoyment. I would certainly listen to other Famous Five stories but not read by Ms Giedroyc!

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Amazing

This is an amazing book with excellent narration and sound effects. It is lovely to listen to as you go to bed. Ten out of five stars even though that is impossible.

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Beautifully narrated

We loved listening to this with our children (5&7), timeless classic and gripping story for the kids.