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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (552 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charmian Hussey Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780307206534
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Stephen Lansbury is an orphan. He thinks he has no relatives at all, until the day a letter arrives telling him that a distant uncle is dead. Suddenly Stephen finds himself the only heir to a great estate in the countryside. So Stephen sets off to claim his inheritance, but when he arrives, there is nothing to greet him at Lansbury Hall but a mystery.

The puzzle is as tangled as the vines on the hall’s front gate, but two things are clear: Stephen’s uncle kept to himself, and none of the townspeople knows he's dead. But why does Stephen feel that something or someone is in the house?

To escape the slightly creepy feeling that someone is lurking, Stephen starts to read his great-uncle’s diary. And a fantastic truth unfolds. The mystery of Lansbury Hall is stranger than Stephen could have imagined, but it’s not nearly as incredible as reality.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaarin | 2/14/2014

    " The premise was interesting, but the delivery was preachy and the pacing of the story was uneven. The preachiness of it (re: saving the Amazon jungle) yanked me out of the story frequently. I don't have a problem with the message, really, but the story would frequently come to a grinding halt while the narrator, a character, or a character's journal expounds on the subject for a while. It got annoying and felt very much like the story was a flimsy excuse for the author to get on a soapbox about the subject. I have more complaints, but I'll leave it at that. It is too bad, because as I said, the premise is interesting. Hussey just didn't make the most of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NerdPres | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting mystery, but not what I thought. A little disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 2/2/2014

    " Great read. This one is for the arborist out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/26/2014

    " I'm giving this 4 stars because I thought the plot and concept was really creative. Sometimes that is enough for me. I was, however, disappointed in the ending in that it seemed very rushed. The resolution was rushed, the important information at the end seemed preachy rather than informative and I was so busy trying to process all the gobs of information at the end that the epilogue was sort of lost on me. Urg. I felt like I had been led through this amazing adventure through lush jungles and ornate Victorian rooms only to be shoved roughly out a door and back into my living room without an explanation. Maybe Ms. Hussey was also rushed by deadlines or her editors decided to hack part of the ending? I won't know. But I do know that I would read another book of hers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellie Jean | 1/22/2014

    " ummm...what? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Feidelson | 1/3/2014

    " Pretty good book, intriguing, but after the first hundred pages when there still wasn't any dialogue...need I say more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dinamarie | 12/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Hussey's descriptions of all the flora and fauna was fantastic and often left me wanting more. In fact, I read through the whole book and now need to see if there is a sequel because she sure left you thinking there would be. Clean, no vulgarity or sex. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 10/17/2013

    " Overall, this book was rather good, despite the environmental agenda, which felt too overdone at times. Stephen's first encounters at Landsbury Hall were completely riveting and absolutely captured my attention and I liked reading of Uncle Theodore's and Berty's Amazon adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/26/2013

    " There were parts of this one that I really liked. But there were other parts (the first half mostly) that was just. too. slow. A couple of kids at school are reading right now. I'm curious to hear what they have to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 7/12/2013

    " This was a really good book about family and I recommend it to people who like the sorts of books with orphans and smart kids in them. (aka Maggie and possibly Lauren) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nipuna | 1/5/2013

    " Don't let the name fool you. The story does not have a flow, yet there is something that brings you a different, strange feeling when you are reading this. I am unable to express what it is, but I can tell you it's somewhat beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dua'a Behbehani | 8/6/2012

    " I read this a long time ago but I remember clearly how much it sucked. The book was too descriptive and so repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corinne Evans | 6/22/2012

    " I think you should read this book because it has an interesting plot. The main character is an orphan. His family died on a trip, leaving him with a caretaker. He is given his great uncle's will and Lansbury Hall. At the end he met Beth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie | 4/1/2012

    " Quite a lovely book, though not very exciting. Wonderful writing. It is described as a children's book, but is much too slow for the impatient child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 3/24/2012

    " An interesting, gentle read, but too much "save the rain forests" propaganda. I actually enjoyed the story, but was annoyed by the references to how people are destroying the Amazon jungle. The story itself could stand alone without the sales pitch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cedar | 11/4/2011

    " I really liked this book! I liked the animals that were in this story... Chairmian Hussy is very good at describing food! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaycie | 10/3/2011

    " haven't read but really want to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/25/2011

    " Even though at times this Book could be boring, and had an un-even pace. The plot and story alone redeemed it. It was both Magical, Adventurous and incredibly imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 5/1/2011

    " This book is one of those stories you can't predict till later on in the story. It is a story within a story full of mystery and daring adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/3/2011

    " I really really liked this book. It makes you realize how beautiful our nature really is and how important it is or should be to us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arte | 1/17/2011

    " Aika perus lasten kirja, jossa oli paljon turhanpäiväistä mutta nättiä kuvailua, mutta joka kuitenkin piti mielenkiintoa sen verran yllä, että kirjan luki mielellään loppuun asti. Ihan nätti satu, mutta tuntuu, että olin liian vanha tälle kirjalle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen S | 5/28/2010

    " We listened to this on our drive across country. A very interesting, unpredictable story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delila | 5/9/2010

    " truly this might be my favorite fantasy book in this world!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clwaddoups | 4/14/2010

    " Terribly written, but it has some good themes, which since I was reading it to my daughter, gave me a good opportunity to discuss the rainforest, exploitation, class etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 12/17/2009

    " It was not what I was expecting. It might be okay for older kids, but it was very wordy and descriptive. The only "adventure" the boy had was through reading his great-uncle's journal. A bit of a letdown. "

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About the Author
Author Charmian HusseyCHARMIAN HUSSEY trained as an archaeologist at the University of London, and she worked on excavations in Great Britain and the Middle East. Through this interest in the indigenous tribal people of the world, she developed a deep concern for their futures. The Valley of Secrets combines her understanding and passion for indigenous concerns with her love of the Cornish countryside, where she now lives and farms with her husband, John.