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The Hardy Boys are elated over their good luck when wealthy Elroy Jefferson invites them to spend Christmas vacation at his private retreat on Cabin Island. But when Frank and Joe make a reconnaissance trip in their iceboat, The Sea Gull to the island, a belligerent stranger orders them off. Why? Before 24 hours have passed, the Hardys find themselves involved in two mysteries: the first concerns the recent disappearance of Mr. Jefferson's grandson, Johnny; the second, the baffling theft of a priceless collection of antique medals which took place two years ago.

The young detectives, with their pals Chet Morton and Biff Hooper, pursue both cases on the icebound, snow covered island. Sabotage to The Sea Gull, danger to themselves and a ghostly prowler do not daunt Frank and Joe in their search for Johnny Jefferson and for clues to the stolen antique medals. How the teenage investigators outwit a ruthless foe and succeed in solving both mysteries makes for mounting suspense in this brisk-paced adventure.

©1929 Franklin W. Dixon (P)2010 Phoenix

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  • James
  • Macomb, MI, United States
  • 03-26-13

Big Mistake

What disappointed you about The Mystery of Cabin Island?

Narration.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Mannal?

Bill Irwin, whom I never appreciated until now.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I made the mistake of downloading the three latest audio releases of this series (at full price) all at once without first sampling the new voice. For me, the cartoon-like narration makes them almost un-listenable. The teen characters are voiced as prepubescents sounding much like Elroy Jetson or Bart Simpson. I am very disappointed.<br/><br/>And I'm not crazy about Audible's paint-by-numbers review form. The five star grading system is fine for those who do not wish to write a review but the questionnaire form for a written review is -- like this book -- juvenile.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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WOW

What disappointed you about The Mystery of Cabin Island?

The guy reading it makes the characters sound like idiots the boys sound like 10 year old girls, and the women are all southern belles even though theyre all from the East coast

Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Mannal’s performances?

Not willing

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mystery of Cabin Island?

the book is fine its they guy reading it

Any additional comments?

Bill Irwin needs to redo the ones Chris Mannal did theyre just crap

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bad Narration

Apparently Mannal thinks 17 year Joe Hardy should sound like 9 year old.
While Bill Irwin was wonderful in narrating Hardy Boys books one through, Mannal is abysmal in narrating volumes 7 through 10, and ruins the suspension disbelief. Returning or exchanging volumes 8 through 10.

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  • Ray
  • United States
  • 09-28-16

The new reader is not very good

Bill Irwin was great on the others. Chris Mannal is also good, but not here. He gives Joe the voice of a 5-year old. Makes i

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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horrible narration

I struggled to finish this book, the narrator Chris Mannal obviously had never read the previous Hardy Boys books. giving Joe Hardy the voice of a 10 year old is ridiculous, Joe is written being extremely smart and holds his own in fights with grown men..he doesn't sound like Mickey mouse. booo

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Classic Hardy Book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mystery of Cabin Island to be better than the print version?

No, this is one of the best original Hardy stories, especially around the holidays, but the narrator is horrible. He felt the need to use a different voice for each of the dozen or so characters and most are ridiculous. Joe Hardy sounds like he is 7 years old with a high pitched squeaky voice instead of a 17 year old. I never pictured Aunt Gertrude with a strong southern drawl, but she has one in this version.

What other book might you compare The Mystery of Cabin Island to and why?

Most of the original books have strong stories.

Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Mannal’s performances?

If I was looking for a good laugh.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Holiday adventures on a rustic island.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful