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The Secret Island

Secret Stories, Book 1
Narrated by: Joshua Higgot
Series: Secret Stories, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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In Enid Blyton's classic Secret Stories, mystery always leads to adventure.

In Enid Blyton's very first full-length adventure novel, meet siblings Peggy, Mike and Nora. They live with their cruel uncle and aunt and long to escape, so when their friend Jack takes them to a secret, deserted island, they run away to live there.

But not all is as it seems on the island, and the children soon find their adventures are only just beginning....

©1938 Enid Blyton Ltd (P)2018 Hodder Children's Books

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  • D. Mark
  • 04-22-19

Devastating

I will try to convey how utterly disappointed I am with this audiobook.

As a child I was a huge Enid Blyton fan, and The Secret Island was my absolute favourite book. I still have the extremely tattered copy I first read, and it is a story that I have introduced to many children over the years. I think the themes of independence and self-sufficiency are incredibly empowering for children, and the imagery conjured up sublime. This is Blyton at her best.

I used to have an abridged version of this book on tape, read by Jan Francis (who perfectly narrated the Famous Five series). Sadly this was eaten by the tape player a long time ago. I had requested this book on Audible, and so I was very excited to learn that it had been recorded. I still cannot quite believe how badly it turned out.

Joshua Higgot is simply not suitable as an audiobook narrator. All of his female voices sound the same, like an ancient pantomime dame! The whole performance lacks emotion, and the wonder and beauty of the story has been lost.

In stark contrast, Blyton's Adventure series was released on Audible at the same time, but recorded by Thomas Judd. Oh my goodness what an incredible narrator! I was never very interested in the Adventure series, but Judd absolutely brings it to life. He is one of those rare performers who allows you to be carried away by a story, without jolting you back to reality with jarring voices or strange pronunciation. I am delighted that he has further recorded the Five Find-Outers series with which he will have you howling with laughter!

My advice is if you love, or want to love The Secret Island, stick with the book. The rest of the Secret series is not great, and I think this book works best as a standalone.

For Blyton audiobooks to enjoy I thoroughly recommend the Famous Five books (read by Jan Francis not Ann Beach) the Secret Seven series (read by Sarah Greene, not Esther Wane) and the Adventure series and Find-Outers series read by Thomas Judd.

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  • miss catherine macneil
  • 07-31-18

A great read

Typical EB book. Fun, exciting and a happy ending. What's not to like! Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • empress
  • 09-11-18

secret island

very good. loved it. so interesting narrator read nicely and was very exciting I recommend

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  • Joanne B.
  • 04-09-18

it was simply great and exciting and good reader

it was simply great and exciting and good reader, but I don't like jack but good

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  • Jan Richardson
  • 06-19-19

Great Book

Lots of Adventures Millie loved this book couldn't stop listening to it such a special book..