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The Famous Five [4 Adventures]

(The Famous Five)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,550 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Four adventures on audio cassette involving Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog, published to mark 100 years of Enid Blyton.
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Published 1995 by Listen for Pleasure (first published 1942)
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Sanja Džalto
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These were the books of my childhood, and I read them all many times, even when I grew older. I consider them great for the author's imagination in creating various situations, plans, and ideas which make the reader want to know what happens in the next book and in the next... The only thing I don't like is the author's attitude towards male and female roles, but I simply ignored it. I identified myself with George because of her sensitivity and fear of showing it, and also because she perceives ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am almost in tears remembering sneaking these books to read under bed covers, during classes, and forgetting to eat to find time in my own quiet spot not-to-be-found during lunch time to devour this series.
Good old Enid Blyton - as sexist as these books read today, I still love them!

I have read this series so many many times; I have some of my mum's old set, my set and now have passed them onto my daughter, who also devoured them. I mean, how much better can you get for kids having exciting adventures together? - camping, hiking, spying, exploring, being caught, freeing each other, catching the bad guys with some stern words from Julian and a growl from the ever-present Timmy the dog?! George has
Jen Christie
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Any series of books that got its own corner of my room, encouraged me to draw treasure maps and made me ask my Dad to build a 'secret entrance' into my room through my wardrobe deserves 4*
Hannah Hudson
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These are the first books I ever read. These books made me the book worm I am today. I love all 22 yes 22 books in this amazing series.

Ann,Julian,Dick,George and Timmy the dog LOVE adventure and the result is fantastic. I love the adventures,the rage,the characters and off course the people the Famous Five meet along the way. A MUST READ and one off Enid Blytons best moments. BRILLIANT 10/10.

Bye 4 Now Smoochies xxx
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
These books played a very constructive role in my life. I have grown up reading them. Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy have played a rather important part in my life. I have read all the 21 books in the series, and even now, whenever I get low, I read them again.
Enid Blyton has to be the greatest children's writer ever. I owe my childhood to her. I have read almost all her works- Famous Five to Secret Seven to Malory Towers To St Claire's to the Enchanted Wood series. And still I cannot get
Lai Peng
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read them all as a child at the rate of one book every one and a half hours... I grew up on Enid Blyton books and devoured all of the "Famous Five" series, then when I ran out read all of my younger brother's "Secret Seven" even though I much preferred "Famous Five" and Enid's other books. As a grown up I look at her body of work in awe - she was so prolific! ... and she certainly helped develop creativity in her readers. I'm still in the process of writing and illustrating my second children' ...more
Shonaigh Mudie
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-books
Aah the Famous Five, my great comfort at one time. Had a full on obsession with these books. The adventures of four children and a rather obedient dog are documented in the series spanning 21 books (and 1 short stories collection). Tomboy George, never Georgina inherits an island and has her own boat. The four children regularly meet up for their school holidays to go on camping trips etc... When they get together trouble is not long in finding them. In the books they often have to solve crimes ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 1-women
I remember reading these and The Three Detectives series as a kid. I loved them. A group of kids going on adventures? Camping, hiking and generally having loads of fun? Yeah, they were brilliant for a kid like me. They got to do all the things I never did (because honestly, I just haven't come across to many smugglers or murderers or mysteries in general), and I must have read all more than once at least.

I'm not sure they'd hold up with me now, but I'll definitely try to pass them on to my kids
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Being a non-native english reader. These are what introduced me to the language itself. These were the gateway to the world of books for me. I'd still choose to be the boy with eyes brimming of adventure, when I was reading this 10 years ago.
I lost count how many time I read these stories. Never thought the TV series did them justice.
Lydia Spio-ofori
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think I have read almost all of her books. This was my childhood! I remember going to the library to take out these books. Enid Blyton is my favourite children's author.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good read, can pick up anytime and re-read. Timeless stories.
Rishabh Baid
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
During my childhood days I used to have a lot of time and interest in reading, I had a fascination of having an adventurous life. But I was familiar with the reality and hence found refuge in the school library. I started with Enid Blyton's short stories and they worked like fuel to my imagination. Then my Librarian noticed my interest and suggested me to read Famous Five. So that was the beginning and there were only 14 books belonging to this series, so after that I asked my Librarian where I ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
i loved enid blyton's stories. i would read them when i was really little! around when i was in yr 4. all of them were fun, quirky, adventurous. my favourite character was george ( who is a girl btw that acts like a tomboy) as i could relate to her alot back then. she rebelled against her mother's petty proposals of being a lady, and cut her hair, and dresses in boy clothes, even though she is very pretty. her real name is georgiana but she doesn't reply to that name so everyone calls her george ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a young reader I found them unputdownable. Living in an era of borrowing books from libraries and not so often buying them, I would go a long way to get the next in the series for myself.
I adored any book by the author and these were my favourites. I cannot imagine my childhood without these stories which fired my imagination and added coloured my life.
These gave me hours of adventures in the company of characters who shared the love of exploring and getting into situations children thrive in
Aamil Syed
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The series that I started reading with and the book that I suggest to every kid who is moving from comics to 'big books'. The first novel I read was 'Five on a Hike Together' (#10) and I loved it so much that I lapped up every other book of the series in a matter of 2 years (I was a slow reader).

I then went on to The Secret Seven and other books by Enid Blyton, but none could hold me like the Famous Five did (or maybe I had grown up by then).

Favorite character - Georgina 'George' Kirrin (what an
Jagat Sabat
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of the first 'novels' I have read and from what I gather from people around me, these books have been their introduction to the world of fiction as well

The plots are interesting and the language simple. The four cousins and Timmy create a world around them which is interesting, yet not very complex. It has made her one of the finest writers of novels for the young.

Although it might not make for an interesting novel for a matured reader, it caters to the target segment of young read
Claire Roe
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"They are sexist, dated and and Blyton herself didn't even like children so they are probably hypocritical as well." Good, now we have got that out of the way I can say that whilst all the above may be true, I read these voraciously as a girl, they gave me the habit of reading, they are well written, exciting and I have nothing but fond memories of them even now. What can possibly be more exciting than having your own island to camp on and catching smugglers whilst you're at it? Oh yeah, and all ...more
Tesa Fiona
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I love this collection. I started reading the Famous Five when I was in elementary. I remember it was hard in Indonesia to have a full collection of this series. So, I was so happy every time I found a title that I haven't collected yet.
These books are exciting and exploring my childhood dream. When I read it again during my elder age, I find them still charming. I love enid blyton and famous five!
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
As a child I thought that these were wonderful stories. I recently found out that my mum thought that the outdated language and middle-class-ness of them would put me off, however as a child I only saw the adventures. I found Anne irritating, but generally enjoyed the stories and I liked that they weren't 'girly' (I remember being embarrassed about enjoying 'girly' books as I saw them). The Famous Five are just jolly good fun adventure stories.
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
It gets four stars for the sake of my childhood and because I really liked George. I still have a strong dislike of Anne - all she seems to do is cook and clean for the rest of them, and she's just such a meek character. What I remember most about these books is that they kept going on picnics and ate a lot :) I got terribly excited reading these as a child though, especially if there were secret passageways involved.
Aug 18, 2012 added it
This was my childhood favorite. One of the best series I've ever read.
I couldn't even force myself to read them now, since firstly - I couldn't read them now. The wya in which they were written and the way the characters addressed each other is very very different from one would read nowadays in a current book.
But mostly, I wouldn't read them again because now I might not like them as much as I had when I was younger. And I don't want to ruin my perception of this series, ever. :)
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I unfortunately don't find these books as enjoyable today as ten years ago - don't get me wrong, they are still classic - they are the books that made me love reading. I read my first Five book at the age of nine or ten and soon I had worked my way through the whole series.
They are fun and exciting and made me want to become a detective.
They also turned reading english books from something I ought to do into something I loved doing.
This fish likes to read
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These books are great.That's how I started reading years ago,they made me a bookworm I am now.Remember when I was so obsessed with them.Read everyone of them.Honestly would'nt mind reading again hehe Good light reading just there.Still brings a smile when I come across them in bookstores.Good ol' days.
Piyush Jain
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I remember my family would keep looking at me with strange eyes as I would often laugh at little funny parts of these imaginative children's books. I developed affection towards books right after I started reading them. For my age, they do not sound as interesting but surely are very well and interestingly written and are good enough to attract any child's mind.
Charlotte Smith
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I adored the Famous Five. It was the sense of adventure and having friends share them that appealed to me as a child. I had all of the Famous Five Books and my bookshelf was awash with the complete series of books. I later went on to the Secret Seven books, but it was the Famous Five my childhood heart yearned for!
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best series I have ever read. Adventure, mystery and suspense , these books have it all . Oh, the times I have wished to be a part of those adventures . I have read and re-read the books so many times. Reading the books will give you a classic case of missing the lifestyle of yesteryear's .
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
a book series that actually inspired me to start reading many and many more adventure books today.If i have read a book today then it is all because of that famous five book which inspired me.It would be my great pleasure to say i read 1000 books in my live , still famous five will be one among my FAVOURITESSSSSSSSS.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
These books were adored by myself,and my older brother. Blyton is a genius of a writer, and despite the tv series that threatened to ruin her depictions of her characters, the books make for an amazing read! Truly, classics to read to any child - if I ever have children (or cousins, nephews or nieces), they will be indited to the Blyton world!
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Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

Born in South London, Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 192

Other books in the series

The Famous Five (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1)
  • Five Go Adventuring Again (Famous Five, #2)
  • Five Run Away Together (Famous Five, #3)
  • Five Go to Smuggler's Top (Famous Five, #4)
  • Five Go Off in a Caravan
  • Five on Kirrin Island Again (Famous Five, #6)
  • Five Go Off to Camp (Famous Five, #7)
  • Five Get Into Trouble (Famous Five, #8)
  • Five Fall Into Adventure (Famous Five, #9)
  • Five on a Hike Together (Famous Five, #10)