The Secret of the Old Clock
(Nancy Drew #1)

 

The Secret of the Old Clock

Author:
Carolyn Keene/Mildred Benson
Narrator:
Laura Linney
Publisher:
Listening Library
Published in: 1930
Duration: 3:09 hours
ISBN: 978-0739349137
Genre: childrens/mystery

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     MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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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.

AUDIO PRODUCTION

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mildred Benson

Carolyn Keene
is a writer pen name that was used by many different people
– both men and women- over the years.
The company that was the creator of the Nancy Drew series,
the Stratemeyer Syndicate, hired a variety of writers.
For Nancy Drew, the writers used the pseudonym Carolyn Keene
to assure anonymity of the creator.
Mildred Benson wrote 23 of the original 30 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories,
including the first three.
Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (aka: Mildred A. Wirt).
Benson was a journalist and author of children’s stories.

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I checked out this book from my public library, through Overdrive

This book counted for these Reading Challenges

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