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Some books are considered classics because the story is unique and compelling. Others are praised because of the superlative writing style of the author. A handful of books have both qualities. Treasure Island is one.
This is the quintissential pirate book. Peg legs. A talking parrot perched atop a pirate's shoulder. Swashbuckling adventure on deck and atop the jib. And of course, Long John Silver. It's all here.
This is an astonishing book made even moreso when you consider Stevenson was just 31 years old when he wrote it. Subtle humor, action, sea adventure, double-crosses. And gorgeous prose.
And this particular audio version showcases an outstanding narrator. His various character voices were so distinct that at times I supposed I was listening to a dramatic retelling using various actors.
Buy it. Download it. Relish it.
I sampled a wide variety of readings before settling on this one, and I couldn't have been happier. David Buck's narration is superb. This is the one to get!
This version was great. Best read fiction story I've ever heard. More like a radio play than a simple reading. Got to know the entire host of characters just from the voice, and found the story easier to follow with the narrator reading than when I read it on paper.
All of it. Outstanding!
"Aye Jim Boy. Keep a weather eye out for a seafaring man with one leg. You will do that for me won’t you Jim Boy"
A must read
As a classic, there is no doubt one should consider reading this book. I love finding out where terms and/or characters originate from and this book includes several. Ever been to Long John Silver's? Just happens to be the antagonist who played the role of the ship's cook.
The question is whether or not this is the version to download. I agree with other reviews - the narrator did a fantastic job - so go ahead and purchase with confidence.
"Argh, Jim M'lad"
Adventure, Treasure and Pirates! (What's not to love about that?)
I tried out this book some years ago when I was at school and I did not get very far with it, but over the years I think I have developed a love for adventure books.
I just couldn't get enough Treasure Island. I loved hearing the story through Jim's head and thoughts and the characters were so full of life (well, if they weren't dead).
I felt like I was there, shooting at pirates or running through the undergrowth on a desert island. I especially loved Jim's view of things he had never seen before. Seals for example, were giant snail like monsters who barked.
He went from old Jim, to young Jim, to Long John Silver, to Square Trelawney with a seamless ease and never a stumble.
If I hadn't been working while listening to this I think I would have been biting my nails.
Those last few words had such a haunting, echoey feel to them...Marvellous!!
I think I will be going hunting for some more books along the same line as this one over the next few week. :)
"Long John Silver"
This is a beautifully read classical pirate's tale. Dating back to the Victorian days there's plenty of chivalrous heroes and scoundrel pirates; I love the fact that they raise the British Flag even though it gives away their position! I listened to this during my daily commute and I had listened carefully to keep track of the story. Enjoyed it thoroughly!
This is one of the best tales ever told. It's no wonder just about every pirate film ever made totally rips it off. This is the authentic original.
It tells of a voyage at sea without falling into the trap that many stories of this type fall into; namely digressing into lengthy technical discussions about sailing.
There is as much in this story of time on land in England and in the West Indies. It gives a sense of frontier life.
Of course, the main delight of this story and the most famous is Long John Silver. Now I know why the character is so famous. He's both loveable and revolting at the same time. He's a slithering snake of a man and the narrator portrays him perfectly. He portrays every character perfectly for that matter.
I consider this audio book absolutely essential.
"It's a classic, but it falls short of greatness."
The things I like about this book are also the things that piss me off about it. It's colorful and fun, but it makes a joke of history. It's not beyond the scope of man to write books that are thrilling to read and at the same time historically accurate.
I'm not sure I would because all though I feel the R.LS. has a talent for coming up with interesting ideas, he is in my opinion in not so great at the execution of these ideas. I did in fact buy a book of short story by R.L.S. at the same time I bought this book. Both books gave me the same feeling that the writer is good with the story concept ideas less so with executing them. It may just be personal taste but I feel the that R.L.S falls short of the talent that is shown by such writers as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - C.S. Lewis - L. Frank Baum. Who between them wrote some of the best and most Mindblowingly imaginative children's fiction ever written.
Yes I would but he was not one of my favorite readers and I would not look for more books read by him, however, if he was reading a book I was interested in he would not put me off buying it.
Yes, I thought that it was as this is no doubt one of the most influential books of all time. R.L.S is in no small part responsible for the ideas we have about Piret's without "Treasure Island" there would be no "Monkey Island" and no "Pirates of the Caribbean" It could also be said that its responsible for perverting peoples perceptions of history much like some modern day Hollywood blockbusters its wildly inaccurate historically speaking.
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