After a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower," the Hardy boys make an astonishing discovery.
Something is not right in Bayport. After a series of unfortunate (yet harmless) pranks, it looks like Frank and Joe have caught their suspect surprisingly early....
Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will....
During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times? Find out....
Dear Diary...Bess, George, and I are actually in Alaska! Everywhere you look, there are massive mountains and sparkling, deep-blue waters....
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny didn't think the old trunk in their house held anything interesting....
Frank and Joe Hardy receive an unusual assignment from their detective father. They are to "break into" the house of a Bayport neighbor, Malcolm Wright, and retrieve a top-secret invention that the scientist had hidden in his study before leaving for California. The invention is in danger of being stolen and the boys race against time to beat the thieves at their own game. The young detectives soon discover that they are involved in a mystery far greater in scope than just retrieving the invention.
Their investigations put them on the trail of a dangerous gang of jewel thieves and smugglers. When Joe is kidnapped, this incident starts Frank off on a chase that almost ends disastrously for him and his pals.
The exciting capture of several members of the gang during a stormy night on Barmet bay and a perilous encounter with the insidious Anchor Pete concludes one of the most complicated cases of the Hardy's career.
I'm not even five minutes into this audio book and I cannot stop laughing at the narrators voices. The boys sound like young children, and the overall tone sounds like he's narrating a Hardy Boys Secret Files book. Bill Irwin was much better.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sometimes, a narrator should just stick to a straight-read. Chris Mannal's intonation and rhythm seems a little off, but I think it might've been manageable if he'd chosen not to do character voices. His voices for the cast are all wrong -- Frank and Joe Hardy sound like little children, Fenton Hardy sounds like the guy who reads movie trailers, and the toughs all sound like extras from Bugs Bunny cartoons. You'd think this was a parody of the Hardy Boys, except the story isn't actually a spoof (the plot is pretty good).
It's kind of a shame, especially since this happened with the Nancy Drew books too. Apparently, with both series, the audio publisher switched from Listening Library to Phoenix Books, and so we lost Bill Irwin and Laura Linney (who did the first batch of Nancy Drew books). Irwin did a fantastic job with the first seven books...he was able to make the books entertaining, while anchoring the overall tone of the mystery. Unfortunately, Mannal isn't up to the task, and made listening to this no fun at all.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The poor narration was so distracting that it ruined the experience. It sounded more like comedy than mystery to me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I don't have much good to say about the reader of these titles....he reads like a 5 yr old reading to a 5 yr old. The previous narrator of the hardy boys series was great..Bill Irwin....don't like this narrator....there is no need to sound like a clown....there's nothing wrong just reading in your natural voice like the previous narrator...that's all....dissapointing
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
great stories love listening to great stories. Got hooked on these books due to the TV show.