The Secret of the Old Clock
(Nancy Drew #1)
Carolyn Keene/Mildred Benson
Published in: 1930
Duration: 3:09 hours
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Not having grown up in an English speaking country, I had not heard about Nancy Drew until rather recently. Tackling the task of reading 50 classics in 5 years, I thought listening to The Secret of the Old Clock would be a fun way to begin.
Oh, I just checked, in French she is known as Alice Roy (!), and actually I must indeed have a read a few, but I have no specific memory of them.
Well, to tell the truth, I failed to fully enjoy the book.
The context was too vague, this could be set anywhere with nice houses, rich people, and a lake.
The plot was easy to figure out, especially with the clue in the title.
As for the character of Nancy herself, when I read mentions of her, I thought she was a kid. I was actually surprised she was already 18. She’s from a well-to-do family, “bon chic bon genre” as we say in French, and I really have a hard time with that type of heroes or heroines, even though she focuses on trying to do good for others and is not afraid to put herself in dangerous situations to do so.
I know this is a harsh review, and I hope I stirred the conversation here. Please share with me why you like so much Nancy Drew.
The narrator was ok, nothing spectacular, just as tame as Nancy I guess. But something totally cracked me up in this recording and made me laugh all along: the sound effects between chapters or scenes of the books, the type you would hear in old “scary” movies. It gave a cool vintage feel to the book.
VERDICT: Classic children story that failed to grab me. The audiobook version has some cool sound effects.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
Nancy Drew’s keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.
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