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Five Have a Mystery to Solve

(The Famous Five #20)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,940 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Whispering Island - another mysterious place, with a million stories sorrounding it . . . Is it haunted? The Five are intrigued, but scared, too. Are they brave enough to go there and find out . . . About The Author: Enid Blyton, 1896 - November 28, 1959 Enid Blyton was born in London in 1896. She was educated in a private school and thought that she would become a musicia ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published 2001 by Hodder Children's Books (first published 1962)
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Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm being very generous with my rating system here. The book is simply sub-par. No amount of rhetoric will change that. Now I understand why I don't remember reading the 20th Famous Five book. I had perhaps made an attempt, and did not finish the book.

The story is ludicrous beyond belief. Our Five want to go camp in a quaint, crooked looking cottage. The cottage have a world class view of the coastline, the harbor, the island etc. To those not familiar with this series, I think the mention of th
Paul E. Morph
Well, here we are; the penultimate Famous Five book. There's not much sign of Enid running out of steam, though. All the essentials are here for the Famous Five drinking game.

You're not familiar with the Famous Five drinking game, you say?

Well, it's a little something I developed with my F5 buddy-reader, Sunshine Seaspray. It goes like this:

The Five make Uncle Quentin angry: DRINK!

The Five eat enough food to put a whole troop of elephants into a diabetic coma: DRINK!

George defies traditional gen
David Sarkies
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love a bit of adventure
Recommended to David by: My Dad
Shelves: adventure
Same Story, Different Island
30 September 2015

Well, I am getting close to reading all of the Enid Blyton books that I intend on reading (I have no interest in Mallory Towers or the Naughtiest School Girl, and since Blyton wrote heaps of books, and I have already read quite a few, I think I will leave it with the Famous Five and Secret Seven) so I am slowly getting there and hopefully once they are out of the way I can then look at reading some other series that I have been itching to read again
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one I think I may have read once before, but it certainly wasn't one that stuck out in memory for me. I have to admit one thing that always amazes me about these five children is that they seem to have such a carefree world and be able to cycle around, hire out boats, and adventure in the wilds of England without any hinderance. I do admire that the world used to be like that, nowadays you certainly wouldn't let kids get up to the things that they did in these books.

This tells the story of
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
... reading with my 10 year old daughter...

Again a captivating read. When you close that book, you want more.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Well I quite liked Wilfred but with our insular five they couldn't possibly just welcome him into the fold.

The cracks are beginning to show...

George is a pillock and would rather put good old Timbo in perilous danger at every turn whilst simultaneously issuing Wilfy boy with a restraining order not to come within a country mile of him.

Anne is showing signs of lust for adventure and may yet hang up her pinny and mother hen award.

Dick decides to not to be mini Julian and strikes out of the shad
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
My last book read in 2018! It was definitely amazing! I love it! 😍
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of these stars go to Anne who was perfect in this one...
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
What to say now? This was really as exciting as ever. The most interesting part was when the five were on Whispering Island. They way they escaped from that cave through the well was really fascinating. I wish I had such adventures! They found various gold statues and jewels. Well, at last it was mentioned that Whispering island, the cottage on the hill in which the Five lived and Morris who used to tell tales about the island are all real. This was from the side of the author- Enid Blyton. I li ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-childhood
These books (Famous five) are hands down one of my favorite books from my childhood. All those adventures and mystery …and those sandwiches they always packed! aww, just the best! I would love to read one of these again. To bring back those memories..memories of first experiences with reading books.
Supriya Kunwar
"The Famous Five" was all the rage back in school days. I worshiped the 5 characters, and was obsessed with Georgina, this Tomboy girl who hates being associated with anything that was remotely feminine. I'd read and reread this series and would dream of catching smugglers and solving mysteries when I grew up. I'd completely forgotten about them until today. Such good times!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owls-2019-july
These books are super-nostalgic for me, and as a non-binary person hindsight is 20/20 on why I relate to George so much!

Yes, I did read this instead of Lord of the Rings so I'd pass all my OWLs, I was running out of time!
Duncan Dandie
The 20th and penultimate Famous Five. As much as I’ve enjoyed reliving my youth by reading these with my daughter I’m sad to say this was poor by the previous standard.

I found it slow and predictable. Hoping the final entry goes back to an exciting read.
Kylie Abecca
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as believable as most of the other famous five books, but still an enjoyable read.
Not the best in the series, by a long way. The "mystery" was quite peculiar, and there were many loose ends, which didn't make much sense.
muse anshori
I read it just to reminisce my childhood...
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, I think it is important to remember these books were written for children. Many of the reviews I read complain that the stories as we near the end of the series are similar. As a child reader of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, I was captivated by every book. If the stories seemed similar, I didn’t notice. The children who read these books when they were first published probably didn’t notice either. The characters are interesting! In this book, Anne comes out of her “mouse” ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Vinay Leo
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First time I’m rereading The Famous Five series. Some series are as beautiful to read as adults as they were in childhood. This series does fall into that category.

One of my favorite adventures of the series. Whispering Island was something I remembered soon as I started rereading it, but it still felt exciting to reread!
adventure is necessary in life. don't get too comfortable or you'll be on your way to being obsolete
Jenna Mills
Felt like a rather rushed adventure.
Krishna Kumar
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Dafne Flego
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Nostalgia read. :)

I think that the "Famous Five" were the first real books (not picture books) I've ever read - the series that started it all!

I remember them being the favourites of my crush-at-the-time (apparently I've always had a thing for intellectuals). :P Books last, romances fade...

I remember not yet being able to pronounce English names correctly, but pronouncing them according to Croatian shallow ortography - and Uncle Quentin frustrated me with his unpronounceable Q!

And I remember bei
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been on an Enid Blyton kick of late, re-visiting some of the books i once read as a wee dragonet. I wasn;t sure whether I had actually read this one before or not when i had the chance to purchase it recently. It turned out that I had but that's not a problem! It was nice to relive some old memories while enjoying a good mystery story. I remembered that I thought that one quite creepy when I was younger and it was good to see that I still felt the same way about it. (plus it's nice to see ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, adventure
"Finding secret passages, drinking ginger beer, hunting treasure, and foiling evil-doers."

I absolutely adored Famous Five as a child. I trawled through secondhand stores and slowly acquired all of them. For some reason in my childhood, there were lots of British books and comics widely available and back then they were sold for the mighty sum of 10 cents. Seems funny now when some of the secondhand shops charge $7-10 per book! I still have all of them safely saved in storage for when Little Miss
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the book I read least out of the series as a child so this reread is perhaps only my 3rd or 4th as opposed to some of them I have read many times. As such, I found myself immersed in this more than some of the others, and although by this point the stories are quite repetitive, I still enjoyed it. Classic FF elements include: gold beds, secret tunnels, an island, thuggish men, animals, TIMMY (who almost chokes in this one!), a rude boy who changes his ways after meeting the Five and an ...more
Thomas Peaple
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2020
Read POPSUGAR 2020 book in a series of 20 or more books. The set up was good and there was a good air of mystery. The five were enjoyable as always and Wilfred a great addition. Sadly the climax lacked the ingenuity or tenseness these books normally held. the solution was worked out too quickly and involved implausible luck. Also while the attitudes always date these books it was particularly bad on this occasion.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
My first ever Five book and I am not impressed. So many cliches, and stereotypical roles like Anne that likes cleaning, and cooking and is the mother hen. And George that is a tomboy, likes to be called a guy, even though tomboy does not mean you want to be a boy. The guys Julian and Dick have no personality.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars, on my Enid Blyton scale... maybe because I don't think I've read this one, I quite enjoyed it, not knowing quite what was to come (though it was of course the usual treasure, caves, being trapped by baddies). Quite liked the setting, and I liked that unusually, in this one, Anne gets to bring out her 'tiger' (however damn patronising the boys were as usual!)
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Энид Блайтон (Russian)
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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

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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)
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