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Enid Blyton's much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery. 

A peaceful holiday in the Welsh mountains should be on the cards for Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack, but they, once again, manage to land themselves in another dangerous adventure. Wolves, rumbling mountains and mysterious strangers are the order of this holiday.... 

Perfect for fans of the Famous Five looking for their next adventure. 

©1949 Enid Blyton Ltd (P)2018 Hodder Children's Books

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Dreaded political correctness...

I loved the “Adventure” series when I was a child and was delighted to find them on Audible - a real trip down memory lane and great fun. OK, it’s not the greatest literature on earth, but there’s nothing wrong with a nostalgia trip once in a while. What I did object to, though, was the changes to the story (small ones, I grant you) because of the dreaded political correctness we are all forced to observe these days. Enid Blyton wrote at a time when attitudes were very different and nobody made such a fuss about things.

The “black man” who appeared as the adventure was getting under way, and who frightened the character David into running off crying out “Black! Black!” was changed to “Man! Man!” In the original, the children are naturally mystified by this because he only said “Black,” and they asked “Black what?” They would not have been mystified by “Man” - they would just have asked who he was. This man was never subsequently identified as the “negro” described in the original, but simply as an “American.” Then, the Japanese servants were transformed into “soldiers” which didn’t make a lot of sense - they were described as “soft-footed” which is not a normal description of soldiers, and when they were engaged in a fight, they exhibited all the signs of skilful Japanese martial arts, which didn’t make a lot of sense either, since we were never told they were Japanese. Was this change made because it is suddenly unacceptable for servants to be of a “minority” race? I found these changes to be profoundly irritating, and I do not think it is right to change the author’s original intentions.

Also, everyone knows that Enid Blyton wrote at a time when the roles of the two sexes were distinctly different - in the stories, the boys are the strong leaders and the girls tend to prepare the food and be more gentle and subservient - attitudes deemed “sexist” today but this wasn’t changed in this version of the book. Is there some lack of consistency here? Are there degrees of political correctness? Everything is “racist” these days, so is this supposed to be worse than “sexist”?

Anyone choosing to read an Enid Blyton book today will accept these differences in attitude as expressions of how people were at the time, and if they don’t agree with this attitude, they don’t have to read the book.

When I listen to a book on Audible, I expect it to be an exact rendering of the author’s own words, not an altered version by some politically correct editor who thinks that the original words are not fit for human consumption.

I am not happy with this.

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amazing... I'm hooked already!

I LOVED IT! a compleat master peace that will get you hooked on it imedietly.

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Wow

So cool and interesting. I love the story one of the best books in the world

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Literally the best story I have ever heard.

Amazing, Exciting, The unbelievable made believeable. Truely the best of the series so far. I'm almost glad I waited to be an adult before hearing/reading these.

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Exciting!

my daughter is 7 and she found it really exciting, as good as the sea of adventure

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amazing

absolutely love these as a kid and now my son is obsessed with them. absolute classics

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Enid Blyton

This book is amazing

Suitable for 6-12

Read and enjoy lots narrator is really good

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Brilliant!

Really entertaining. Far fetched but fun. Lots of skillfull cliffhangars. worth listening to. Good buy.

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