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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson

Narrated by Keir Dullea


Treasure Island

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson

Narrated by Keir Dullea

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4/5 (140 ratings)
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2 hours
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Released:
Jan 1, 2009
ISBN:
9781601360694
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Description

This is the exciting and colorful tale of Jim Hawkins' search for buried treasure. When Jim sets sail on the Hispaniola with Long John Silver and his crew, he begins a dangerous adventure in the race for priceless treasure.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 1, 2009
ISBN:
9781601360694
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a Scottish novelist, travel writer, poet, and children’s author. Plagued by poor health his entire life, he was nevertheless an amazingly prolific writer, and created some of the most influential and entertaining fiction of the nineteenth century, including Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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  • (5/5)
    It's Adventure, with capital A.If you didn't read it, you didn't have a happy childhood.
  • (4/5)
    Very enjoyable as an audiobook. The reader does a fantastic job with the voices and the emotion.
  • (4/5)
    YAAARR. This be a tale of scallywags and high seas. Adventure be at it's finest, and the rum flows like water me lads.
  • (1/5)
    I listened to the audio and read the book. It never got any better. My eyes went over the words but I do not know what really happens in the book. I used wikipedia to try and separate the characters but there were just too many. The only thing I really remember is about the apple barrell.
    But I gave it all I had.
  • (4/5)
    I usually dislike reading classics because the writing style is so different from what we read every day. But, RLS style was not offsetting, maybe because I expected the “pirate” style of talking and so wasn’t distracted by mentally trying to rewrite the text. And, with any adventure story you must be in the frame of mind for the adventure. I put down several times because I couldn’t settle into the story, but once my attention was attached I could not put it down.
  • (3/5)
    Not really my cup of tea, but I can understand why it's a classic.
  • (4/5)
    July 2018 reread via audiobook from Amazon free for streaming to Echo ...Probably my scattered mental state was more to blame than the recording but I didn't care too much for this full cast "adaptation" (does this mean abridged?? I guess so)
  • (4/5)
    Treasure Island was so much more my thing than I thought that it would be. There was a lot of drama, action, and suspense. It's an odd thing to read classics that were intended for a younger reading audience. I would let my children read them, but I can easily see where some parents would give pause. Some of the content in these books is controversial today...But hey! They are among the best ever written.
  • (5/5)
    Come and join us in a wonderful adventure story. Pirates, parrots, treasure maps. One of the most complicated villains in all of Victorian literature. An exotic setting, an exotic time frame. Who could ask for more?At a coastal inn, a mysterious and somewhat evil man takes up residence. Soon he’s pursued my creepy foes. What ensues is the most influential pirate story ever. Stevenson was admittedly aiming at a young male audience, but a reader would need to be unimaginative in the extreme not to get caught up in Jim Hawkins’ adventures on the high seas. Definitely recommended.
  • (4/5)
    My book club likes to choose at least one classic every year. This past year we had trouble settling on one that too many people hadn't already read or that were too long for the reading time frame so I suggested Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, a book I hadn't read since I was a child but one that I knew I'd be happy to revisit. After all, who doesn't like swashbuckling?As a classic, the plot is probably familiar to most people but broadly drawn, young Jim Hawkins, son of an innkeeper, finds a map to Treasure Island in the late Billy Bones' belongings and sets out with a couple of old men eager to add to their wealth and a scurvy crew of mostly shifty sailors for the promised treasure. Along the way there is plotting, betrayal, and mutiny from the sailors, treasure unearthed, a battle fought, a maroon found, and ultimately the triumph of goodness, luck, and bravery. This novel is in fact the original pirate tale, the one that has influenced so much of the pop culture portrayals of pirates to this day. It is a portrait of Britain in the Victorian age and of the romanticism of the high seas; it is pure adventure. The language in it is decidedly more difficult than what is presented to children today but the story, after a bit of a slow start, is still completely entertaining and engrossing. Young Jim is lucky, often in the right place at the right time, and he has invaluable instincts. Long John Silver seems charming and kindly but who hides his real, greedy and evil nature as long as possible. I first read this at our cottage by flickering gaslight and that was perfect for the atmosphere evoked here. If you don't have such a place to sink into this book, I suspect it would make a fantastic read aloud bedtime story. Be warned though, that the audience for the story will beg you not to stop at this chapter or that, wanting the whole adventure in one go. And good luck not getting "yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" or "sixteen men on a dead man's chest" stuck in your head after you read it!
  • (4/5)
    YAAARR. This be a tale of scallywags and high seas. Adventure be at it's finest, and the rum flows like water me lads.
  • (5/5)
    I read this book when I was a kid and, read it again. This time around, I read it in almost one sittingHe could indeed spin a tale, and managed to create marvellous atmosphere. In the search for the hidden treasure, he also created some memorable characters. All of them. This is a brilliant book, and one for all ages.
  • (5/5)
    This is an awesome novel! It manages to be a great adventure story, and a great Victorian period piece, without feeling dated or forced. Yes, the hero has things go unnaturally well for him, but it makes perfect sense in the story. It's a great read, and a great young adult read. The abridged versions, really, should be shot for the lame imposters they are.

    And, on top of being a great story, this is where the whole pirate genre started, everything from buried treasure tropes, to the rules of "gentlemen of fortune." Every pirate aficionado should give this a gander.
  • (3/5)
    Echt actieverhaal, maar van een bijzondere soort. Jim is een echte held, die ondanks naiviteit toch bepalend is voor de redding van de groep. Opvallend is vooral het dubbele portret van John Silver: moorddadige piraat, valserik aan de ene kant, maar ook romantische piraat, intelligent, goed wetend wat het goede is.
  • (5/5)
    The term 'classic' doesn't tell you much. I read 'The Prisoner of Zenda' a while back, and it too was termed a classic though I cannot say honestly that the quality was all there. So is 'Treasure Island' a certifiable classic, in that case?I can happily answer in the affirmative. 'Treasure Island' not only has a plot that moves swiftly and logically from development to development, but is also stocked full of a cast of characters that will long remain in your mind and heart. From brave Jim Hawkins, our hero and narrator, to the enigmatic and dangerous Long John Silver, there are enough well-drawn characters here to populate a whole series of books. Their adventures prove intoxicating, and it is with sadness rather than relief that the last page in their tale is turned.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book! Robert Louis Stevenson was skilled with words and the art of storytelling. I was impressed by so many things in this book. First and foremost the grim pirate adventure. He spared few on this harsh and bloody treasure hunt, painting a pirate's life in its truest colors. Stevenson's descriptive ability proved masterful, especially regarding his detailed writeup of ship handling. Silver's character unfolded beautifully - a sly, wise buccaneer expert in the art of manipulating people. It was interesting to watch him change sides here and there in the story, making his character the most dangerous of villians, and the one to get away. And yet, as awful as he was, the fact that he escaped hanging and even heisted some of the treasure earns its own strange sense of relief. This book was a joy to read, not to mention a true lesson in the art of writing. I loved it!
  • (4/5)
    Another novel whose ideas have become so prevalent in the genre that it is hard to appraise as what seems trite now was seminal when the novel was written. An enjoyable adventure story and Long John Silver is a surprisingly nuanced character for this type of story.
  • (5/5)
    You just have to read this book if you like anything about pirates. Great salty sea talk throughout. This edition has a handy seafaring glossary at the back.
  • (4/5)
    Can't believed I missed this one growing up. What a good swash-buckling tale! Long John Silver was not what I expected.
  • (5/5)
    The classic tale receives illustrations it deserves! Outstanding story of mystery, intrigue, deception and treasure of course. The characters are fun: Jim Hawkins the boy, appears to be out of his league yet manages to overcome all obstacles. Long John Silver is a study in opportunism and deception.It's an excellent tale that should be read and re-read!
  • (3/5)
    My 3rd of the 4 Stevenson books on the combined 1001 books list. And this one is my favorite of the 3. A solid adventure with a pre-teen narrator. This really is a great classic for middle graders (and younger advanced readers).Jim Hawkins's mom runs an inn in England (the standard bar/restaurant/rooms inn). An old seaman comes to stay, and runs out of money but does not leave. He is afraid of someone. And Someone comes. The seaman dies (heart attack?), and Jim and his mom quickly go through his stuff to get any payment before the Someone comes back. They get some cash and a map.The doctor sends them to the squire, who decide to mount an expedition to Treasure Island. Jim gets to go along (yes, he's young, but this is England 200 years ago, so he's more like an apprentice). And what adventures they have.
  • (3/5)
    Ah, what a pleasure to read literary writing after several modern books full of tripe! My kids also enjoyed it and retained even more of it than I did with their young, spongelike minds. I've apparently made the right choice to feed them a steady diet of books rather than screens. I, on the other hand, spend way too much time on screens. "Do as I say, not as I do," my dad used to say as he ate graham crackers and peanut butter before dinner or made free use of swear words. I don't use that line on my own kids, but I certainly think it (although I do try to model "good" behavior as much as possible, at least while they're awake).Two stars off for how annoyingly good Jim is.
  • (3/5)
    Treasure island is a book about a boy named Jim Hawkins. Jim started in an inn with his mother. As Jim was at the in other pirates that came warned Jim about the pirate with a peg leg. Later on Jim found a treasure map in one of the pirate's chest. afterward Jim left with a doctor, a pirate, and the pirates crew to the island. After the crew and Jim got to the island the Captain realized that the map was replaced with a fake one not showing where the treasure was hidden. Later on exploring the island Jim met a man named Ben Gunn who lived on the island for 3 years. Soon after Jim met the peg leg pirate that was named long john who went by the nickname Silver. Later silver attacked Jim's ship and reveled that he had the real map.Lastly following the real map the crew and Jim found that soon before another group of pirates already took the treasure ,so the captain took the crew and Jim Hawkins back home.I enjoyed the book and the story.The problem was that I felt that the book had some down sides. The things I liked about the book was that the book had one main goal that all the people had. Another thing I liked was the plot twist at the end where the treasure wasn't there when the crew and Jim checked because other pirates already took it. A thing i thought was cool was that in the story most of the characters are mentioned or connected in some way. A thing I disliked about the book was that because there was only one goal it seemed to me that the entire book was really slow. Lastly another thing I disliked was that I expected more action and adventure from the book because it is a book about treasure and traveling. If you do not like a book that is slow and and very much action I would not recommend this book
  • (4/5)
    One of those books I can't believe I've never read - but this is my first encounter with Treasure Island. Narrated by Jim Hawkins, it follows the adventures of a young boy as he encounters a former Pirate, then gets involved in a chase for hidden treasure and battle with mutinous pirates. It's exciting, but has some serious consideration as well. Well worth reading.
  • (5/5)
    Action adventure story of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver. I enjoyed this classic. I'm not sure that it is for children but I had a good time reading it. It was fun reading the phrases that come to mind when thinking of pirates of days gone by (Shiver my timbers, Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum.) It's also nice to know that the classic Mr. Magoo Illustrated Classics cartoon followed the book very well. This is a fun read.
  • (5/5)
    The first time I read this book was in fourth grade and I loved it even then. Its definitely one of my favorite classic books and my all time favorite pirate story. Jim Hawkins, the protagonist and main narrator is a thirteen year old boy who many young boys can easily relate to. The characters are vibrant and unique, including Long John Silver, one of the most incredible villains ever created. The story also flows nicely with a only a brief interruption of Jim's narrative in which another character narrates for a couple chapters. However the transition is smooth and doesn't cause confusion. All this together makes this one of my favorites books and I would definitely recommend it to readers of all ages. And I can't say enough about the Word Cloud Classic edition of the book. Imprinted to the front and back of the book are characters' names and quotes from the book and it just looks awesome. Also the movie Treasure Planet based on this book is a really interesting Science Fiction adaption of the story.
  • (5/5)
    So glad I finally read this book.
  • (4/5)
    Good adventure story at any age. I never read it as a child as it was considered a boy's book. It's a great tale, very fast paced with interesting characters.
  • (4/5)
    Summary: An old sailor named Billy Bones comes to the Admiral Benbow Inn, and dies after telling Jim Hawkins, the innkeeper's son, that his old crewmates are after the contents of his chest. When Jim opens the chest, he finds a map that supposedly has the location of an island where the notorious pirate Captain Flint buried much of his treasure. A local squire and doctor come up with the plan of buying a ship and going after the treasure, but the crew that they hire for the ship turns out to be former associates of Flint's, who are seeking the treasure for themselves.Review: Treasure Island is on the list of classics that I'd never read - which is sort of surprising, because naval adventures and pirates are right up my alley. But then I started watching Black Sails, and talking to a friend who was also watching it, and she told me that it was a prequel to Treasure Island, so I figured I should probably go tick another classic novel off my "to read" list.I'm sorry I waited so long. Admittedly, if you'd handed me this book as a kid I don't know that I'd have gotten into it; a lot of classics have fairly dense text that makes my eyes glaze over, and looking at the print version, this seems like one of them. But I listened to it in audio, and thought it was great. The narrator did an excellent job of parsing through the longer and more tangled sentences, and really brought the adventure to life. There were a few things that didn't entirely work for me, particularly the transition from one part to the next. I found the relatively large shifts in story (in location, in time, or in narrative voice, and sometimes in more than one of those) really distracting, and I didn't have a good enough handle on all of the character's names (particularly the more minor characters) to always be able to figure out who was where and who was doing what. But overall, it was a fun story, and it convinced me to seek out more of Stevenson's books -- in audio, though, of course. 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Pirates! Secret maps! Talking parrots! Mutiny! Castaways! Skeletons! Buried Treasure! If you like any of those things, it's probably best to go back to the source, and the good news is this book is pretty easy going (especially in audio) and fun. (Although you do get some spoilers about who lives and who doesn't in Black Sails. Heh.)
  • (4/5)
    Pure classic.