- Audio CD
- Verlag: Abbey Home Media Group Ltd (5. Juni 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1860224059
- ISBN-13: 978-1860224058
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 14 x 12,4 x 1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.312.646 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Mystery of the Hidden House (Tempo Childrens Classics) (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 5. Juni 2003
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When P.C. Goon's nephew Ern arrives with ideas of detecting, the Five Find-Outers send him off on a wild-goose chase. But when he stumbles on a real mystery the Five Find-Outers start to investigate - and Fatty's love of disguises lands him and Ern in a tricky situation.
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Enid Blyton is one of the best-loved children's authors with over 700 titles published. Aged 27, Enid married Hugh Pollock and moved to London. They had two children, and soon afterwards Enid wrote her first novel, The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair. Throughout the 40s and 50s, Enid wrote books at a colossal pace: adventure stories, mysteries, magical stories, farming stories, stories for younger children, and best-selling series like Malory Towers and Amelia Jane. She is the author of The Famous Five series, The Secret Seven series, The Wishing Chair series, Malory Towers, St Clare's, The Magic Faraway Tree series, Amelia Jane stories and many more! Enid died in 1963. Her stories remain timeless classics, adored throughout the world. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
THEY ARE THE BEST FOR A FIRST READ!
Enid’s ‘Mystery’ books (The Five Find Outers and Dog) were the catalyst which encouraged me to start reading more than 50 years ago. Thank you, Enid. The BBC, many public libraries, local authorities and alleged educational experts have been completely wrong about the worth of the Blyton works.
I can remember having substantial difficulty obtaining the original books when they were published because so many shops would not stock them but they were still wonderful stories! The tales are great to read even today for their simplicity and straightforwardness.
When one did find copies of the book they were quite expensive all those years ago but great to own. I loved the letter on the back cover from Enid in some of her books which added the personal touch for the reader. The physical appearance of the books as well made them very easy to read. I treasured her books as a youngster with the way in which she constructed and wrote the stories.
So, it’s a delight to read these mystery stories again in middle age although recent editing has diminished some of the memories I have of the original editions and words used then (but I am now getting old).
Never mind… these books remain one of my best friends for life: they began my own reading adventure so do read these special adventures for yourselves and for your children.
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Out of all Enid Blyton's many mystery series, "The Famous Five" (made up of Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog) are certainly the most well-known, whereas "The Five Find-Outers" are virtually unknown. However, there are some interesting similarities and differences between the two groups, and though there are certainly some faults to "The Five Find-Outers" series, they should not be discounted completely. The name "The Five Find-Outers" is rather silly, but children themselves think it is too (Bets thought it up in the first book, and though they mocked the name, it stuck) and as always there is an element of sexism in the novels (if there is exciting night-time activities to be done, the girls are invariably left at home), but the mysteries themselves are interesting without being too simplistic or too difficult. A mystery is established, clues are carefully considered, suspects are drawn up and discarded through a process of elimination and quick-minded young readers will enjoy the logical process of uncovering the mystery - and perhaps get the thrill of figuring out the solution before the characters do. I well remember feeling exhilaration at guessing the location of the diamonds, or the identity of the criminal, or the whereabouts of the hideaway, or whatever the McGuffin of the particular book was before its completion.
"The Famous Five" all had separate personalities, all contributing something different to the group: Julian was the leader, George was the vivacious tomboy, Anne was the little housekeeper, and Dick was...well, perhaps Dick was a little bland. But on the whole, the children could be enjoyed as individuals and worked together as a team. The same cannot be said of "The Five Find-Outers", which perhaps was part of the reason this series were neither as distinctive nor as popular as "The Famous Five". Instead, the Find-Outers revolved around one core character, Frederick "Fatty" Trotteville, who was more intelligent, more interesting and more colourful than the other four children put together. Indeed the characters of Larry, Daisy, Pip and Bets are hardly relevant, they exist simply as sounding-boards to Fatty's genius and one could argue that the books could have easily been written with the other four children removed entirely from the picture.
Yet at the same time, the lack of character interest in the other children is practically made up for in the figure of Fatty. As robust as his nickname would suggest, Fatty is every child's dream. He can disguise himself into any individual he pleases, is fluent in French, gifted at ventriloquism and storytelling, can spout verses off the top of his head, always has plenty of money and impeccable manners, and has a mind worthy of a young Sherlock Holmes. As one friend says of him; he is accidentally good at most things. In short, he is a fantastic character, and one can only wish that we were like him in some way. The fact that he is not some chiselled boy-model makes him even more extraordinary. When faced with a new mystery (which conveniently pops up in every book), he takes charge of the other children much like a police officer organises his troops in order to solve the crime logically, intelligently and efficiently.
This is of particular note since one reoccurring conceit in all the books is the presence of the local policeman Mr Goon, an aptly-named bullish oaf who despises Fatty and is forever attempting to thwart his attempts at solving the various mysteries they come up against. Given the resources he has at hand Goon certainly has the upper hand, but most of the appeal of the books comes from the fact that Fatty always comes up trumps, embarrassing Goon in the process. The rivalry between them is constantly amusing (though to an older reader, perhaps repetitive) as is Fatty's beloved Scottie-dog Buster's loathing of Goon. By the time Police-Inspector Jenks turns up at the end of every book, any young reader will be anticipating the denouncement of the mystery by a triumphant Fatty and a humiliated Goon.
"The Mystery of the Hidden House" is not the best in the series if you're looking for a mystery tale; instead Blyton introduces the character of Mr Goon's nephew Ern and the Five's reaction to his presence. Ern has heard of Fatty's reputation and (disliking his uncle immensely) is eager to prove his worth to the other children. Being a little dense and pompous, he is the perfect victim for the Five's mischief as well as a welcome diversion from the fact that they have been banned from involving themselves in any mysteries over the holidays (courtesy of Goon's influence over their parents). And so the Five have a wonderful time creating a mystery for Ern's benefit, and the gullible boy easily swallows their stories: two rival gangs of robbers and kidnappers, lights flashing on Christmas Hill, clues strewn across the countryside and the existence of loot stored in the old mill - all of which are carefully choreographed by the Five. Unbeknownst to them, Goon also gets caught up in the story, believing it to be true, which gives added humour to the proceedings.
And yet, when a prank with Ern goes awry he ends up overhearing an odd conversation deep in the countryside. Fatty's interest is piqued, and he finds himself uncovering a secret in Bourne Woods... As this mystery goes, there really isn't much of one, it is simply the children discovering a criminal location, topped off with a case of mistaken identity and kidnapping (a plot development which is pretty much the norm in all the books in this series!) Most of the book is devoted to humorous episodes concerning the stringing along of Ern (and Goon); still it's entertaining enough for the young reader.
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