Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock
by Carolyn Keene
narrated by Laura Linney
Listening Library
3 CDs (3 hours, 14 minutes)
June 12th 2007

Book Jacket Summary
Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will, and the search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure. 

My Thoughts
Nancy Drew is always a book series that I can revisit over and over, especially the first of the series. There is some discussion on how certain books in the series are racist but this first book is not generally on that list. The mystery still holds up after 84 years and is so like the movie mysteries of the time. There is a race to find a hidden will that helps support several relatives that are in need of the money that Josiah promised them. The historical fashion of the book is also prominent in the book and Nancy went shopping for a chiffon dress for an upcoming dance. It is elegant and Nancy has much more freedom than most girls in that time period with her own car and large sums of pocket money from her dad.
Nancy is also brave when she goes up against furniture thieves and being locked in a closet. One of the fun this about this series is seeing how Nancy gets out of scrapes and how many times she can be kidnapped in a book. It was weird not to have Bess and George running around in the background. They are her best friends in later books and instead had a school friend named Helen.
I loved Laura Lenney as the narrator and had not trouble sitting through the three hour book at work. She had great tone and I could feel the suspense as Nancy got into trouble. This is a great audiobook to go with if you have a shorter time span than the usual six to eight hours audiobooks generally run.

Book Pairings
Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett


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