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The Coral Island | [R. M. Ballantyne]

The Coral Island

Heroes Ralph, Jack and Peterkin set sail on the Arrow and are the only three survivors of a fearful shipwreck. They are washed ashore on a seemingly idyllic coral island.This tranquillity is violently disturbed, first by a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals and then by the invasion of a vicious pirate and his gang of cut-throats. Will the boys thwart their enemies and live to see England again?
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Heroes Ralph, Jack and Peterkin set sail on the Arrow and are the only three survivors of a fearful shipwreck. They are washed ashore on a seemingly idyllic coral island.

This tranquillity is violently disturbed, first by a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals and then by the invasion of a vicious pirate and his gang of cut-throats. Will the boys thwart their enemies and live to see England again?

Largely based on Ballantyne’s own experience, as he sailed the seas and roved the countries of the World, ‘The Coral Island’ is a classic adventure story of the Victorian period.

About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as "excellent", "remarkable", "entrancing", "superb", "magic for sure", "masterly", "wonderful", "a class act" and "a splendid example of audio at its best".

©1995 R M Ballantyne (P)2004 Assembled Stories

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    Fred Gainesville, VA, United States 11-30-10
    Fred Gainesville, VA, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "The longest 10 hours of my Audible membership!"

    I've always loved stories of survival so the description of this book appealed to me. Unfortunately, I didn't like anything about this book. The story seemed contrived just so the author could tell us what he knows about the South Pacific. The narration at times made me feel like I was being read a bedtime story, and the pronunciation of some words (e.g., porpoise) was grating. Even the production had gaps and bits of music at strange times.

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  • Paul
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
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    "The Coral Island - An old fashioned adventure"
    If you could sum up The Coral Island in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Fun, Informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an old fashioned adventure with all the elements needed to transport you to the islands of the South Pacific and give you a jolly good time. I read this book for the first time when I was 12 years old. I am now 59 and I have re-read it many times throughout my life.


    What about Peter Joyce’s performance did you like?

    Peter Joyce delivered the story with enthusiasm and feeling.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Jolly Good Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite book ever

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