Twelve-year-old Samantha Wolf, and her best friend Ally, are excited to spend part of their summer break in the mountains of Montana. But unbeknownst to them, Hollow Inn is bathed in mystery and legend. After arriving, they soon discover that things are not going well for Sam's Aunt and Uncle, who own the Inn. There's vandalism, ghostly sightings and rumors of lost treasures. Determined to help, Sam and Ally embark on a challenging journey to discover the truth.
©2014 Tara Ellis (P)2014 Tara Ellis
I don't usually enjoy female narrators but Ms. Ellis did an excellent job.
I was taken back to my days of reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden as I listened to this book. Reading those stories are some of the best memories of my childhood.
I have an hour commute each way so I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Ms. Ellis has a professional voice, clear enunciation, and personality.
I enjoyed the audio book and would recommend this mystery to others. The author does a great job of narrating the book. I'm off to listen to the next in the series now!
My twelve year old daughter and I enjoyed listening to Tara Ellis' voice. And her voice didn't detract from the story. You can lose yourself in the story. My twelve year old daughter en
Listening to Ted describe the Hollow Inn legend.
We liked Ted.
When the girl's discover some of the secrets.
I would recommend this book for a long car ride or a rainy day for the family to listen to.
If I had children or grandchildren in my home, thus audio book would be a regular in my carpooling rotation! The plot moves quickly and is easy to follow while also painting a vivid picture of each character and scene. As fun for the adults as it is for the kids.
Samantha, "Sam", was my favorite character. I was actually a childhood friend of the author, and though we haven't seen each other in many years, I can see her own nature in this strong, adventurous and intelligent character.
The opening scene of two young girls travelling by bus to visit an aunt instantly grabbed me and I didn't stop listening until the end.
This book brought on a nostalgic feeling from the beginning, reminding me of the fun and mystery of the old Trixie Belden and Hardy Boys series.
This audio book was gifted to me by the author. She is aware of my addiction to audiobooks and wanted honest opinion on her narration. I was very pleasantly surprised by her narration skills as well as the professional quality of the audio.
Sam & Others.
In depth knowledge of the Characters..
Had to listen to it to the end.
I would recommend for pre-teens and teens!
The climax in the garden, where the mystery is solved
Funny and scary, but not bad for children!
The twists and turns in the plot - and some very unexpected moments !!!
The narration quality of the book is exceptional !!
The scene where the mystery is solved- very unexpected!!
The friendship between the two best friends: Sam and Ally . The bond between them is as strong as sisters and family.
I highly recommend this audio book by Tara Ellis: it is 5 star quality with delightful narration, an exciting plot, and special friendship !
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
It took me back to reading the Hardy Boys,etc
Samantha,she was feisty.
She had good voices for the characters.
'And he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those kids'!
This is a book for young readers.It's a little bit Scooby Doo,a little bit Nancy Drew.Two girls find a mystery at one of their Aunts estates.A fun read geared towards girls.The narrator did a good job with not getting too carried away with changing voices but you could tell who was speaking.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Narrator: 3 stars
The Mystery of Hollow Inn is one of the many books on my 2016 Books to read list. This book also satisfies one of my challenge books for the Mount TBR challenge. I am trying to "clean up" my TBR pile, though it seems to be ever growing.
This book was cute, and I feel for the age it is targeted towards, it will be enjoyed by its readers. At a certain point in this book, I was thinking to myself, this sounds awfully familiar....and then I kept laughing to myself thinking "those meddling kids..." Know where I am going with this? Yes...all they needed was this beloved childhood dog, Scooby Doo.
By the end, I was literally waiting for the villain to say this. I was a bit sad he didn't, but I am sure that is copyrighted. The story line is appropriate, it is a quick read/listen. Sam was a smart cookie, and it sounded like she will have great stories to tell her friends after her little vacation.
I want to point out...who in the world would send 2 12 year olds out on their own on a 10 hour bus ride?! Seriously! That is my big qualm with this book. This book felt a bit Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to me, but I feel like it is supposed to be a more modern take on Nancy Drew. I think it is appropriate with the current times. I also like that both kids talked about the pressure they felt with technology, social media, and texting. Twelve year olds do not really need to be doing all that anyways ;)
This was a nice book for junior sleuths. There are a few poor choices along the way for the girls, and a parent might be concerned about the lack of consequences. From the young reader POV, this is an intriguing read.
It is all from Samantha's POV, which limits you on what you know in the story. You are going to have to follow the clues right along with her. It is a very interesting little mystery with a little ghost hunting in the side. It could have been longer, there was a lot of potential for this story. I wanted to have more detail to make the intrigue greater.
It was a nice read that kept my commute interesting. My niece who is twelve read it as well, she really liked it and is eager to read the next one in the series.
The audiobook is read by the author, which is tricky. I liked her read, I just thought it could have been better. She did well but it was lacking an energy at times. I would be interested in seeing her down the road with more reads under her mic. Her voice is very well suited to the middle grade reads.
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