The Secret Seven
Good Work, Secret Seven

Narrator: Sarah Greene
BBC Audio
RRP: 9.99
ISBN 1 8460 7173 9
Available 01 May 2006

The Secret Seven haven't had an adventure for ages, so they get busy making a guy for Bonfire Night instead - even though Scamper very nearly ruins it. But all their plans change the very next day. Peter and Janet are dozing in the back of their father's car when two strange men jump in and drive it away! Peter and Janet stay safely hidden in the back - and as soon as they can they escape and get the Seven together to work out how to track down the thieves...

Good Work, Secret Seven sees another 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.

The Secret Seven quickly realise they're on the trail of a dangerous gang, and suddenly they don't feel quite so brave... Have the Seven taken on too much this time? And can they stop the men before they carry out their criminal plans?

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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