The Secret Seven
Go Ahead, Secret Seven

Narrator: Sarah Greene
BBC Audio
RRP: 9.99
ISBN 1 8460 7172 0
Available 01 May 2006

When Susie finds out the Secret Seven's password, the friends are forced to call a meeting, where they decide to make their club more exciting by practising their detective skills. They all go in to town, and split up to shadow people in the streets and write down their descriptions. Unfortunately, George has a spot of bad luck. Trailing a man to his home one night, he is caught and dragged home to his parents, who force him to resign from the Secret Seven...

Go Ahead, Secret Seven is the latest Enid Blyton based audio book released by the BBC. This series is read by Sarah Greene who, I'm happy to report, adds just the right amount of excited wonderment to her reading to ensure that small, wandering minds pay attention.

I remember this series from my childhood, and I was a little disappointed to discover that Enid Blyton's tales have not aged as gracefully as me. I also remember Greene from my childhood and was surprised to see, thanks to the picture of her on the back of the CD case, that she has aged better than me. In all seriousness though, this audio CD will certainly entertain many a small child.

After George resigns from the Secret Seven, the gang elect Scamper the spaniel as a temporary member, and carry on with their shadowing activities. Soon they are glad of his protection, for they find themselves in the midst of a dangerous adventure. Can they solve the mystery of the man with the crooked hand, the hidden coal-hole, and the man with a dog lead, but no dog? And will George ever be readmitted to the Society? Well, I'm afraid you'll have to buy this two-disc collection to find out.

In a time when kid's are shunning books and classic stories for violence and mayhem on console games, it's great to see the BBC providing some classic entertainment to try and prevent our younger generation from growing up too soon. This story is unabridged - reproduced here in it's entirety.

Pete Boomer

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