The Secret of the Mansion

Trixie Belden #1
Narrated by: Ariadne Meyers
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Trixie first appeared more than 50 years ago in The Secret of the Mansion, which was followed by 38 other adventures as generation after generation of readers grew up with mystery-loving Trixie and her friends. Now, after 15 years, Trixie is back to make fans of a new generation!  

Trixie can't believe she's stuck in Sleepside all summer while her lucky brothers are away at camp. Then a millionaire's daughter moves in next door, a runaway kid hides out nearby, and rumors heat up that the old mansion on the hill is filled with a fortune. Maybe the summer won't be so boring after all!

Listen to more Trixie Belden mysteries.
©1948, renewed 1976 by Random House, Inc. (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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My son and my daughter both loved this!

I have (almost) 8 year old twins, a boy and a girl. We listened to this book in the car over spring break and it was darling! It had adventure, and intrigue which kept them both hanging on every word. But what I really liked was the "folksy" way the book was written with values that seem to have fallen to the wayside in this day and age. I think the copywright was from 1950 but my children didn't even notice it was 60 years old! From a parent perspective it was truly refreshing to listen to a wholesome book. This was a nice treat and we'll keep listening to the Trixie Belden series.

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wonderful memories

I read (and reread) all of this series as a child and it was great to hear them so well presented in an audible format.

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A new Trixie Belden fan!

I just finished this first Trixie Belden adventure and enjoyed it thoroughly. Somehow I missed these while growing up, but am going to catch up real soon as Audible releases more of the series. The narrator is wonderful, the characters believable and likeable. For a book obviously set in the 1940s, it's timeless...a great story of youngsters spending their summer having fun in the outdoors. No video games or shopping malls here! A great listen for a 47 year old as well as pre-teeners. Would make a wonderful vacation trip listen for a family. Thank you Audible for obtaining these!

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Trixie Belden - Girl Sleuth

The Trixie Belden series were my favorite books to read as a youngster. I am really excited that at least the first four are available for listening. The narrator is mostly pleasant when reading the text but some of the voices, eg: Honey, Bobby & Miss Trask, are horrid! Even though I don't appreciate the narrator, I hope that more of the titles in the Trixie Belden series become available soon. What a great girl sleuthing adventure series to read ~ OUTSTANDING to listen to!

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I first read this in 1962

The Trixie Belden Books were available in a cardboard cover at the local drug store in 1962. Every time I got together 50¢, I bought a new one. Of all the series, of mystery and adventure stories, they were always my favorites.

These were children, not much older than I, who had flaws and troubles kids have when that age. The stories were not sophisticated. Released in 1948, Trixie and her friends and family would probably appeal to a much younger audience today.

After adjusting to the narator, I found that I was able to enjoy this first book again. Well worth a credit to visit these old friends.

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terrible voice characterizations<br />

Trixie Belden was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, so I thought I'd relive part of my childhood by listening to this book. The reader's voice bordered on being shrill, and her attempts to change voices for each character were a dismal failure...especially her contrived Southern accents.

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Childs Adventure

Fun read for a different time.

Young at heart adventure. Recommend for child.. Well told story.

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Lovely story with an exciting mystery throughout!

By the time we reached the end, we were almost on the edge of our seats! We can hardly wait to start the next book in the series!

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Gets you on the edge of your seat!

The secret of the mansion is a great book for long dreary nights. This book is recommended for 5 and up.Great book with a beautiful setting and a mysterious mansion! Five Star review.

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wish there were more than first 4

even at 53 I still love this series and have read many times want more