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Publisher's Summary

Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.
Hear more Nancy Drew mystery stories.
©1987, 1959, 1930 Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Laura Linney transports the listener into the thick of the action....For longtime Drew fans, the mystery unfolds with satisfying regularity. For new listeners, Linney brings an immediacy and a freshness that keep the listener at Nancy's side as she solves another mystery." (AudioFile)

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Perfect Mystery for young and old!

I purchased this audible book for my 8,6, and 4 year old grandchildren and I to listen to on a long trip. They loved it! I had to keep checking to see if they were asleep because they were so quiet. I learned just how interested they were when I turned the book off during heavy traffic, so I could concentrate more on my driving. They began playing, quarreling, and doing all the things they normally would do had we not been listening to the book. As soon as we returned to the car after a stop, they were all telling me to turn their book back on.
The reader did a awesome job of changing voices with the characters. She really made it seem as if we were seeing the performance in person with lots of different actors.

Although the book was originally written for young teens or pre-teens even before I was born, it was still enjoyable for an old lady of 60 like me as well as my grandchildren. I would definitely recommend it to others.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very old friend remains a Delight !

What did you love best about The Hidden Staircase?

It is one of the first in the famous old series, and yet pretty complex. Not all fluff. Stuff to get into. The "very old friend" - ness of it, is what brings me back.

I'd run to the library as a girl to get the next book in the series. I had to sit with myself, to work out a reading schedule that prevented me from obsessing on Nancy Drew books.
I read every one available at the time.

Then in highschool I re-read the rewritten series, updated it to get rid of stereotypes and racist things. My best friend owned the entire collection, so it was a bit easier. My friends and I made 4 and we'd go on "adventures" inspired by Nancy Drew, in addition to our busy family, school and dating things.

I still want a blue roadster, and I DID manage to wangle from Dad a cool Hillman Minx in two-tone grey.

As a Mother of grown children I could recommend it to them and now to grandchildren, and that's part of the magic.

What other book might you compare The Hidden Staircase to and why?

"Chimneys" I think in Agatha Christie's collection for Miss Marple....because of the long lost knowledge Idea and the hidden passageways...not the best one but it will do here.

Which character – as performed by Laura Linney – was your favorite?

Nancy...I think Laura Linney IS Nancy Drew. And I think she took the job for love of Nancy Drew! Hugs to her for it.

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

I like it when the capture of the "perps" results in benefits to the "good guys" , suffering in some way. At the end, The aunties no longer need to sell the estate, etc...fun...to close with a nice feeling and promise of another mystery to come ...soon.

Any additional comments?

Please make the Nancy Drew /Hardy Boys purchases easier for us at Audible - compared to the other books they are a bit costly - when most older children and adults read them by the dozen - rarely one at a time.

Please Make them available in a group at a special price, and call me - I'll buy them all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Wadsworth, OH, United States
  • 06-29-09

Timeless Entertainment

I love a good mystery and these Nancy Drew's are never a disappointment.

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kids & mama time

we loved the book! great reading job! on rainy days we binge listened and enjoyed hot cocoa!

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What’s wrong with miss keen

I have always loved Nancy Drew but of all story’s I’ve heard this is the creepiest one I don’t recommend this for any one under 8

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Wow

Hi i am 12 and I love it it is awesome thanks so much audible

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So amazing

It was so awesome I could almost die because of these book I read 2 times

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Kids are enjoying Nancy Drew before bed!

Something to do before bed to calm them down without a screen on it! I like it too, for it reopens the imagination and a time for me to relax as well!

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Secrets of an Old House

I read these books when I was very young and they still give me joy. Innocents in a story is refreshing.

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very enjoyable book! thanks!

very enjoyable book! we love them!!
we hope there are more to come!
thank you thank you!

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  • Helen Dawson
  • 03-21-18

A teenagers view on "The Hidden Staircase".

I've always loved a good mystery, and this mystery deffinetly got me guessing. I personally would say this audible is aimed for ages 10-18. I'm 14 and only got half the the mystery solved and correct. Deffinetly would recommend this story to everyone. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-17

Intriguing

Brilliant and you can't stop listening! I recommend it to people who like quite spooks things and love a mystery story! You should listen to the first one before this one!

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  • Pete
  • 12-01-15

Great for kids and adults

Where does The Hidden Staircase rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I wouldn't want to meet Nancy Drew because she attracts trouble. Pretty much same formula for all books in series. But good easy listening in car journeys with kids aged 9+

Would you recommend The Hidden Staircase to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend because it's safe family listening with good plots for kids

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Good clear dialogue

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Great for listening to in parts on school run

Any additional comments?

I'll be buying more ...

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 07-19-15

Very Good!

Typical Nancy Drew at her very best! When there's something to investigate, nothing escapes her. Worth a listen!

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  • Kezia EL
  • 07-03-15

cool but a little bit spooky!

very exciting! I listened intently to every bit! even though at some points I was a little spooked!

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  • Sally Brandon
  • 01-14-15

Dissapointing

Would you try another book written by Carolyn Keene or narrated by Laura Linney?

This is a very hard book to listen to. I like Laura Linney as an actress, but this book sounds very monotone without any character or feel to the reading. There is sadly nothing nice to say about listening (or trying to listen as i gave up). If i could return it i would. Definitely not worth a credit.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carolyn Keene again?

No

How could the performance have been better?

in every way

What character would you cut from The Hidden Staircase?

couldn't listen long enough to tell you

Any additional comments?

Disappointing