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The Big Six

Swallows and Amazons, Book 9
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike –-by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

In this (more or less) sequel to the adventures of Coot Club, Arthur Ransome returns once more to his beloved Norfolk Broads where trouble is again brewing for Joe, Bill, and Pete, the three boatbuilders' sons who live aboard the Death and Glory, and the three Coots, Tom, Dorothea and Dick. The problem seems to be that boats are constantly being set adrift and all the evidence points squarely at the three Death and Glories. In a clever bit of detective work, and with some help from a sophisticated photographic trap, the Big Six manage to exonerate themselves and catch the villains.

Arthur Ransome was a prolific writer of children's books. Born in Leeds in 1884, it was his father, a nature-loving history professor, who inspired his love of the outdoors and nurtured a passion for fishing. As a child he enjoyed active, outdoor holidays: sailing, camping and exploring the countryside. He used many of these holiday settings for his children's stories. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for the sixth book in the Swallows & Amazons series, Pigeon Post.

©1948 Arthur Ransome (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"Enchanting and escapist." ( Sunday Express)
"There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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Great story, well read

My family has loved all of Gareth Armstrong's Swallows & Amazons narrations, but this particular story is one of our very favourites.

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Perfect performance, perfect story

Loved the reading of this - the voices were really clear and expertly done. Classic Ransome.

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The Big Six

A book brought to life by the narrator. Although this reader is over up years old it relived my childhood in the innocent days of yore.

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Love it!

Much less dated than I expected. Gripping yarn. My children loved it and demanded the next one straight away.

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A valuable book for kids

This book shows kids the truth about how the law and power generally actually works. It listens to power and power alone, and if power says something that’s the truth no matter what the facts are. And as kids are among the people with the least amount of power on their side, they are always guilty until proven innocent, even if people say the law are supposed to treat people as innocent until proven guilty.

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