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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

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Fun Children's Mystery

What other book might you compare The Mystery of Hollow Inn to and why?

Nancy Drew would be a good comparison.

Any additional comments?

I listened with my 10 yr old daughter and we both enjoyed the story. It's nice that it's a shorter audiobook. We were able to listen in one sitting and it took her mind off of recovering from surgery. It wasn't too predictable so it kept you wondering and mind active.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Family Friendly Mystery

Growing up with Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, the Bobbsey Twins, and Encyclopedia Brown (which was the shortest of mysteries, somewhat a chapter mystery, since each chapter was like a whole mystery); and authors like Augusta Hueill Seaman, I find nostalgia and innocence in looking for treasure and unmasking ghosts.
Typical of this genre were the slight disobedience when adventure calls, but at no point was it dangerous or morally wrong. Like little white lies.
(Kind of like stopping for a milkshake or coffee, even though you’ve already said you’re on your way home - not crossing borders to elope with an adult.)
I enjoyed the ‘clues’ - the reader/listener starts to draw the same conclusions as the characters do.
A wonderful series for mothers and daughters, or grandmothers and granddaughters; perhaps even for dads and their little girls!
It’s innocence and adventure.
Writing is somewhat stilted, but not flawed to the point it distracts from the story. Using the word “pleads” instead of “pleas” (it could be the narrator’s pronunciation) felt inaccurate.
Overall, a wonderful, wholesome mystery to be enjoyed by and for most families!

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Treasure hunt, Gold, and a Mystery!

The Mystery of Hollow Inn
Samantha Wolf Mystery, Book 1
By: Tara Ellis
Narrated by: Tara Ellis
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
This was an excellent middle grade or preteen book! A great mystery with lots of clues, brave girls and a boy. Good vs evil. Happy ending. Suspense, intrigue, action, and dialogue that sounded real. I have eight grand kids and six are in this age level and I think they would love this book! The author is very talented besides being a crafty storyteller, she also narrated this book. Not everyone can do narration but she was awesome! I didn't know it was her until I checked after. Wow, awesome job! She did the voices so well. Men, women, boys, girls, all great!

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My son and I both enjoyed it.

We loved listening to this engaging tale. I found the ending somewhat abrupt but my son thought it was perfect (he is 9)

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Fun Young Adult Mystery

What made the experience of listening to The Mystery of Hollow Inn the most enjoyable?

I don't usually enjoy female narrators but Ms. Ellis did an excellent job.

What other book might you compare The Mystery of Hollow Inn to and why?

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.

What does Tara Ellis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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A good mystery

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!

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Great audio book.

What made the experience of listening to The Mystery of Hollow Inn the most enjoyable?

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

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mystery of Hollow Inn?

Listening to Ted describe the Hollow Inn legend.

Which character – as performed by Tara Ellis – was your favorite?

We liked Ted.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the girl's discover some of the secrets.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book for a long car ride or a rainy day for the family to listen to.

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Pleasantly surprised!

Where does The Mystery of Hollow Inn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Great Young Adult Adventure.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam & Others.

What does Tara Ellis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

In depth knowledge of the Characters..

Any additional comments?

Had to listen to it to the end.

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Great Young Adult Mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend for pre-teens and teens!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mystery of Hollow Inn?

The climax in the garden, where the mystery is solved

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Funny and scary, but not bad for children!

Any additional comments?

Great start!

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