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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I can recall reading my first Hardy Boys mystery at 8-years of age... 58-years ago... that first book was "The Sinister Sign Post." I would read the Hardy adventures late at night, under the covers, with a flashlight. My dad would get very annoyed as any time he needed the flashlight the batteries were dead.

My parents, in buying these books for me, gave me the greatest gift I have ever received. Because of the Hardy Boys I became an inveterate reader. And because of that, it made my way through elementary school, high school and college much, much easier.

One thing, not so positive, should be pointed out however. The stories published in the 50's and early 60's were rich in language... some of the words were not easy for a snot-nosed kid. So much the better, my vocabulary was greatly improved. But the current books have been dumbed-down something terrific. If you doubt that go to a used book store and find a Hardy Boys mystery that was published in say... 1955 and compare that to a same titled current book. The difference is amazing... alas.

L.C. Robinson
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
For a wonder, I never read a Hardy boys novel when I was growing up, probably because they weren't on the shelves at the librarywhere I got most of my books. Of course I saw the Disney versions and the tv series, but I never read one of the books until I was sixty one years old. Then while shopping online I found this boxed set and decided to buy it and read what the books were like.
The first thing I found was that these are not the original versions of the stories written in the late twenties and early thirties. The giveaway was when some of the villains stole a case of transister radios, which were not even invented til long after the forties. So this is the series rewritten in the sixties.
That said, the stories were ingenious and well written. Also, I liked the group of friends that were always ready to help the heroes with their adventures. Television lost out on a good thing when they did not mention these guys and girls on the shows.
After reading through the books, I passed them on to some of my friends, who are eagerly reading them, too.
These books are a good read and a fine memento of a time when it was considered possible for a pair of teenagers to take on a gang of criminals and not get killed out of hands.
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99 of 120 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading the Hardy Boys growing up but my son finds them a little tame and old fashioned.
I found a great series by RT Byrum which is similar to the Hardy Boys but with new modern toys, gadgets and gizmos. In fact, I think the stories are even better written and more entertaining.
The first in the series is Mystery of Shrieking Island. You will love them. I sure did.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Both my 10 yo son and 8 yo daughter are enjoying these for "story time" at night. I think it's actually helping my daughter's comprehension. The mystery keeps them engaged while at the same time the vocabulary is varied enough that they are always expanding what they know. We always discuss what we are reading which is great with mysteries. We also have been enjoying the original Nancy Drew series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I personally think these novels are some of the best ever. They are filled with action packed adventures. They keep you flying through the pages to find the answers to the mysteries. They even keep you laughing at the Hardy Boy's friend Chet Morton and his jalopy. These are MUST read action packed novels.
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67 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
The starter set is a great way to hook a new reader on the Hardy Boys series.
Most fans consider these stories to be among the best in the series.
You even save on the cost of the books AND the shipping charge!
What a deal!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have the original 1-59 books, given over the years as Christmas presents. These make greats collector's items, and I love every story. These first six are largely considered among the best works of a series that extends into over 200 books. Easy to read, and fast, these books will spark any young childs imagination.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The Hardy Boys continue to stand the test of time. These books are an easy read with exciting plots and feature resourceful, respectful young men who work hard to complete their job.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
My son lived it - as a 10 year old - it was a great starter set of chapter type books that is the step beyond the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Sixty years ago I read all the Hardy Boys books I could find at my local library and enjoyed every one immensely. Consequently I ordered this Hardy Boys Starter Set for my grandson with the hope that he would enjoy them as well in spite of the obvious time warp involved. This Starter Set was advertised as containing 6 volumes (all six were listed by name) and "Leather Bound". Although I did not expect (nor want) leather binding, I did expect the first six volumes of the Hardy Boys series and was extremely disappointed that the sixth volume, "The Shore Road Mystery" was not included. The Starter Set packaging clearly states that it contains only 5 volumes so why Amazon advertises 6 is beyond me. Shame on Amazon for blatant false advertising!
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