Thursday, 7 January 2016

Audiobook Review: The Maisy Files Series by Elizabeth Woodrum!


    Maisy and the Missing Mice Audiobook
  • Written by: Elizabeth Woodrum
  • Narrated by: Reba Buhr
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:11-06-13
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum

  • Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. In the first story in the series, Maisy tries to solve the case when her school's mascots go missing. The thief contacts Maisy and steals from her as well. Can Maisy catch the thief and return the mice to their home in the science lab?

  • My Thoughts:

  • This was a fun and quick read. I listened to it with my 6 year old and he loved it. 

  • Maisy loves the old black and white detective movies and loves nothing better than solving mysteries like her favourite detectives. When her school mascots goes missing, Maisy goes into detective mode to find them.

  • As I said, my 6 year old son really enjoyed this. He thought Maisy was brave and smart and had a lot of fun trying to see who was the culprit. Myself, I thought Maisy is a worthy heroine. I loved how when she goes into detective mode, she sees the world as black and white and when she gets close to solving it, the colour starts to seep back in. It was a unique and interesting addition to Maisy. 

  • The plot is fast paced and even though it's a very short listen, it was a well fleshed out and entertaining read. The author did a great job of building the suspense and clues and creating a lovable heroine. 

  • In all, a great listen for your child. It captures their attention and makes them eager to read the whole book. 

  • Initially, I found it odd to listen to Reba Buhr because she sounded like a chipmunk, very high pitched and fast, but I quickly saw that my son must have accidentally sped up the speed because it was at 2.5 times the normal!! Once I slowed it down a bit, the narrator became a little more easier to listen to, though I still found her to use too high a pitch for Maisy. It felt a little forced! 


  • Written by: Elizabeth Woodrum
  • Narrated by: Reba Buhr
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:02-23-15
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum





  • Everyone's favorite fourth-grade detective is back!
  • Maisy steps back into her black-and-white mystery world when someone begins stealing lunch money at West Valley Elementary. With her fedora hat, her notebook, and a little help from her best friend, Maisy follows the clues to catch the thief. But as the case develops, Maisy is stumped by the ever-growing list of suspects. With a cherry lollipop in hand, Maisy is determined to solve the case. Follow Maisy into her world of mystery, and discover the identity of the Money Marauder.


  • My Thoughts:

  • Maisy is back with another mystery happening in the school. She dives back into her detective mode when lunch money is being taken from students. Along with her best friend, she needs to figure out who the culprit is and get her cherry lollipop reward.

  • Once again, Maisy makes for a great heroine. She is smart, brave and above a else, really fair and kind. This mystery in particular will pull on the heart strings. The reason behind the theft becomes apparent but Maisy treats the culprit kindly though doesn't let them get away with it.

  • My son enjoyed this but not as much as the first. He said it didn't have the same clues or mystery that the first had. I thought the same myself. This just didn't have the same feel as book 1. It wasn't as exciting nor as engrossing. Saying that though, it was still a really great read for him and he is excited about seeing what else Maisy gets up to. It's a fun and interesting series and one all kids will enjoy. 

  • Reba Buhr once again, sounded a little too high pitched and forced for the performance. I would of liked her to be a little more natural.


  • Written by: Elizabeth Woodrum
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:11-24-15
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum





  • Super sleuths will be thrilled to know that everyone's favorite fourth-grade detective is back with a double dose of mystery adventure! As Maisy participates in a mystery weekend event for junior detectives, she uncovers a real case. Could a ghost be haunting mystery manor? Find out in the exciting third installment of The Maisy Files!


  • My Thoughts:

  • Both my son and myself agree that this one was the best so far. We both loved the idea of a kids mystery weekend and using the adults as the suspects. We also loved the fact that Maisys best friend is along for the ride. They have to work together as a team to solve the mystery within a mystery. This one was also a little spookier than the rest, which my son got a kick out of. He loved finding out if the manor was realy haunted or not. 

  • In all, this series is a lot of fun. It's well written and developed and Maisy is such an awesome character that girls can aspire to be like. My son is eagerly hoping we see more mysteries being solved by her, though he did say he wanted to see a boy helping her out ;) Lol. 

  • We have a new narrator for this edition and I have to say that I prefer her than the other one. Amy Rubinate did a more natural performance and we enjoyed listening to this more.

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  • About the Author:
    Elizabeth Woodrum has been a teacher for thirteen years. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published.

    As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks.

    Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently lives in Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

    You can find and contact Elizabeth here:
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