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Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island

Book 1
Narrated by: Jan Francis
Series: Famous Five, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
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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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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 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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First Book

The best book out of all of the series because it is so detailed 😍my favourite

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Fantastic Story

I set out looking for a book my children aged 4, 9 and almost 11 could listen to in the car from school each day to enjoy. I used to love books by Enid Blyton as a child, however I did not come across the Famous Five until now. I really enjoyed this book myself and my kids absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait each day to find out what happened next. It has become a little tradition to instead of turn on the radio, listen to a story instead. Highly recommended and Jan Francis does a brilliant job, her performance is what really made this story shine it’s brightest.

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Most exciting Enid Byton book ever!

Great book. Very exciting children's adventure book. Binge listened with my kids whilst we were travelling to our holiday destination.

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The book was great. The Audible version was even better! I am really enjoying it

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What a Book!

A truly amazing treasure story. A must read for all! Enid Blyton has done it again.

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  • Martin
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • James
  • 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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  • Sue
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • colbobs
  • 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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  • n.loncaric
  • 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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  • 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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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 19-06-2020

The First In A Fantastic Series

Since a lad in our dormitory at school read Five Go Down To The Sea to us I've always wanted to explore these books. The trouble was that there were very few of them in Braille in the school library and not long after that Mum said I was getting too big for children's books like these. But during the lockdown (we're still in this situation as I write this) I decided it was time to start collecting the whole series. So I got the first 8, two in the 2 for 1 sale, and have just finished this one. It was lovely to hear how the five got together and once George gets over her initial reservations and accepts her cousins she really is such a pleasant person. I felt for George as the book described her as not much as a mixer and fond of going off on her own. I wasn't much of a mixer at school and Mum and Dad often told me I should mix more but I just wasn't that way inclined. Still once I found my friends I was fine. I felt sorry for Quentin too as he so longed to give George all he could but couldn't until ... well, you'll find out as you listen. So often we misjudge grown ups as children but as we progress through life we realise that they mean well in all they're trying to do though it might not look like that in our childish years. Enid Blyton's final words in the book make it quite clear that there are more books to come and I love the way she does this. Anyway I look forward to book 2.