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Publisher's Summary

Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy. Together they are The Famous Five.

'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? 

©2013 Enid Blyton (P)2013 Hodder Children's Books

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What did you like most about Famous Five: 1?

I liked it the most when they found the gold.

Who was your favorite character and why?

George was my favourite character because she owned the island.

What does Jan Francis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think if you get stuck on a word when you are reading the book you would have to sound it out but in an audio book they just say it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I begged my mother so I could finish it because it was so exciting.

Any additional comments?

I think this is the best book I have ever heard (so far). I am about to listen to the next Famous Five.

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Great story for kids

my 4 year old loves these stories and has been listening to them non-stop. well read and a good length. much better than the telly.

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  • 31-10-2021

Good Old Enid Blyton

Listening with the grandkids and they are loving it as much as I did 50 years ago.
My childhood hero, George is still just as inspiring as I remember.
I was curious whether it would seem intolerably sexist like the faraway tree stores do now but this seems to allow gender equality in the characters.
Mild criticism of the narater, that the little kids voices can be screechy and annoying.

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happy and sad

You did miss out a few lines. . . . But I do want to keep going.....

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Good book. Good narrator

enjoyed this story as a child and still do. Liked the narrator, easy and immersing to listen to. narrator choice make a massive difference

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What an awesome listen!

How wonderful for my kids to listen to and for me too! Well narrated and oh so enjoyable!

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Great family fun

Kids couldn’t get enough of this book, it was great for our road trip, might get the next in the series for the way home

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It is a good book

This is a very good book for book reports I also like just listening to it

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REPORT!!!! ( I just couldn’t think of a better short title so that is that )

Loved it. I have one problem though. How come it says that Timothy is black and white, but in all the drawings on the front of the different books, he is a super yellowish-orange golden retriever?

Oh well

By Stella Moss ( owner of Buttons the buckskin brumby boy )

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My review for what I think about famous five.

It kept me interested while I would try to sleep at night and is very interesting and exiting.

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  • 04-07-2020

So lekker

Such a lekker story. The whole family loved it on the long road to the Karoo. Will be looking out for the rest..

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  • 25-10-2018

YO YO JOE!!!!!!!!!!

This story was a really good start to an amazing series!

It’s a pity the five won’t see Dobby again.:(

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  • 20-01-2021

A lovely family story

The narrator does a splendid job with the characters by giving each a unique voice.

Although some of the children’s antics are quite old fashioned it is understandable given this book was written in 1942. It can offer great opportunities for discussion should one wish to engage this way

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  • 13-04-2019

Childhood memories!

I realived the thrill of the Famous Five's adventure with my children. It was lovely.

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  • Carlos O'Donell
  • 22-09-2018

Great adventure and splendid performance!

Thumbs up to a great adventure. The children are lovely and the story has a great twist. Could do without some of the boy vs girl issues but overall great.

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  • Maria
  • 28-02-2015

Not Just for Kids

This is a great story to get acquainted with the Famous Five series.
Insightful characterisations, believable storyline, skilfully performed by Jan Francis.
Don't be put off by the one voice doing all of the characters. More professional
and enjoyable to listen to than the use of various child voices used in the dramatisations.
May take a few minutes to get used to the voices, but once you do, you're on your way.

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  • Kylie
  • 15-01-2015

Gorgeous stories

I have always loved the Famous Five series. Safe, fun, action (and food) filled adventures for kids! Jan Francis is an excellent narrator, not only giving each character a distinct voice, but acting and performing throughout. Highly recommended.

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  • 23-04-2017

Timmy was a large brown mongrel! Startled it was changed to a black and white dog........

Enjoyable and nostalgic but again so surprised wonderful Tim was so misdescribed! Also so many references to jeans which really jars as they all wore shorts, even Anne when she wasn't wearing a dress or skirt. Such a pity as so few words are changed from the original text, even those far more outdated. Just wish it was all left as it was written. Apart from these cringeworthy changes, really enjoyed it. But...... Timmy was a large brown mongrel dog!!!!

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  • 01-12-2013

Great family listening

I read some of the famous five books when I was young, so decided to buy this to introduce my children to something that I had enjoyed. It went down better than I expected, the story really hasn’t dated much at all, and both of my kids loved it and are now looking forward to book 2 on our next long car journey.

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  • Sleigh1love
  • 25-05-2015

Memories

Bought this for my sons. I enjoyed it more than them because of the memories it brought back when I used to read it as a kid myself.

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  • Lisa
  • 10-05-2015

Awesome memories,!

Kids (& I) loved it! Lasted SEVERAL car journeys as well! Bring on the next

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  • Indy
  • 10-03-2016

Nostalgic

My mum used to read this to my sister and me. Bit problematic re gender etc in 2016 but can be forgiven considering time period. Really relaxing and comforting to go to sleep to even two decades later!

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  • 12-08-2019

BRILLIANT

A proper throw-back to my childhood....nicely read and a nice listern on a long drive.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 09-11-2015

A classic from my child hood -

A trip down memory lane, and I was not disappointed. Easy listening. A delight and such a treat to have it read to me this time.. Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2020

Racist, sexist, misogynistic and just awful.

This story teaches children to hate those who are different to them. This is not a story that our children should learn from. Racist, sexist and misogynistic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2020

best audible book ever

amazing,bits scared me but overall it was great.I recommend it.
buy this instead of anything else.supurb

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  • 04-07-2019

i loved it the story was great

loved it so much fun to listen to the reader it is a wonderful book

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