I had always meant to read this, ever since I saw the abridged version on Wishbone when I was a kid. Of course, in the back of my mind, the more prominent version was by the Muppets with Tim Curry as Silver. He is always the quintessential pirate in my mind. Reading the book finally, or rather listening to Alfred Molina reading it (superbly!) was well worth it. Classic. I think the original pirate adventure story. I thought the narrative was a bit detached and too objective sounding at times, especially for the voice of the main character recalling the escapade, but on the whole,the scenes and characters were painted well. At times I felt as if I were right there with them watching the treacheries unfold on the island, and was holding my breath during every fight scene, especially when Jim was aboard ship on his own. I could never imagine taking such risks as he did throughout this story, but they made for a darn good adventure tale.
Molina was the perfect voice for this audiobook too, equally able with scoundrel pirate voices, dignified noble doctor and captain, and softer voiced young men. I thought at the beginning that my remembrances of the villains he had played in films would color what I heard, but his narrating was seamless and I almost didn't remember who it was, it could have been a whole cast of men.
I would imagine this would be the perfect story any lover of a good sea adventure.
I could never get into the story. Maybe I should try the paperback version.
He would often get too quiet. then suddenly extremely loud. the constant volume changes had me focusing more on his voice than the story.
Learning what is in the Doctor's snuff box, all of us were laughing with delight.
Wonderful reading, fleshed out the characters beautifully!
loved it, but once is probably enough
A classic pirate tale, really fun.
His reading of THE ILIAD is awesome. This matches it. Fantastic voice characterizations though sometimes the accents are a little thick. I wish he read more books. He's one of the best for "acting" the book, not just reading it.
of course it's not sophisticated, so don't expect Jane Austin. It's perfect, of its type.
Exciting, historic, heroic!
My children and I immensely enjoyed this audio book. We listened together during a weekend road trip and were spellbound. I never read the story when I was young, so it was a great addition to my library. Treasure Island was a good introduction to classic literature for my kids, as well as a bit of a history lesson.
We could not listen in one sitting but certainly wanted to. This book will get another listen on a future road trip.
yes - beautiful language well spoken by Molina
Classic Story comes alive with Alfred Molina's reading. I ask Moina to read more of the classics.
I've chosen to listen again because it's one of my favorite books that has continued to make me laugh and dream over and over again.
It's hard not to like Long John Silver just because you constantly have to ask yourself whose side he is on.
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Not with a heavy pirate accent, but believable as all the characters -- the boy protagonist, Jim Hawkins, the Squire, the Doctor, ship's Captain, the buccaneers, etc. Mr, Molina enlivens each one. This has always been a rattling good yarn, and this version does full justice to the story. What a great plot! not so easy to create as one might think.
Narration moves along briskly, matching the classic, oft-copied tale. Makes one wish to go to sea!!
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. This is a wonderful adventure story for any age, boy or girl.
I cannot pick out just one memorable moment because this book is full of memorable moments that keep your attention and never bore you.
Alfred Molina's performance was perfect for this book.
This is an adventure book that makes you feel fear, happiness and suspicion. This book is about loyalty and bravery.
Reading this book is not a waste of time, it is an adventure. Yo Ho
I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
Such an adventure for a young boy.
Long John Silver
He read the story well and it was pleasantly entertaining.
A young boys adventure.