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Treasure Island | [Robert Louis Stevenson]

Treasure Island

Treasure Island must be the most enthralling adventure book ever written. As we listen to the voice of Jim Hawkins telling his extraordinary tale, and later that of his companion Dr. Livesey, we are plunged into a world of pirates, buried treasure, mutiny, and deceit.
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Publisher's Summary

Treasure Island must be the most enthralling adventure book ever written. As we listen to the voice of Jim Hawkins telling his extraordinary tale, and later that of his companion Dr. Livesey, we are plunged into a world of pirates, buried treasure, mutiny, and deceit. We meet Billy Bones, Blind Pew, Black Dog, and, of course, the charming buccaneer Long John Silver. The action and adventure never falter, and the spell of this enduring story is sustained until the very last word.

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©2007 Naxos Rights International; (P)2007 Naxos Rights International

What the Critics Say

"This best-ever adventure story...has the same mesmeric ability to keep you hanging on every word...It has all that's required of a ripping yarn." (The Guardian)

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    Jason Oakland, CA, USA 03-11-08
    Jason Oakland, CA, USA 03-11-08
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    "Rousing tale"

    I never read Treasure Island as a kid but I listened to this after I gave the CDs to my 8-year-old nephew, Jack. What a great story! Fast moving, suspense, it's got a lot going for it. And the narrator is a great story teller with a flexible voice who doesn't get in the way of the story, as some do. He voiced Jim Hawkins youthful, excited, sometimes breathless; just right. And the other voices were rendered so well that one would think that the story had multiple narrators. I highly recommend this version. Jack loved it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 04-20-10
    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 04-20-10 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "A Savory and Exciting Treasure Island"

    I read Treasure Island as a kid and loved it and just finished listening to Jasper Britton reading it forty years later and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    Britton is a wonderful reader! He reads the main narration by young Jim Hawkins with engaging youthful enthusiasm and the voices of the other characters with great variety, among them Billy Bones' paranoid alcoholic bullying, Doctor Livesey's educated and measured eloquence, Blind Pew's querulous menace and outrage, Squire Trelawney's good-natured aristocratic bluster, Long John Silver's roguish friendliness, shameless guile, and eruptions of murderous rage, Captain Smollett's honest fortitude and command, Ben Gunn's cracked craftiness, and Cap'n Flint's wicked parroting of "Pieces of eight!" I felt as if the book were being read by a full cast, including one parrot who had seen too much of wickedness.

    Robert Louis Stevenson's novel is a true boys' adventure classic, filled with vivid and concise descriptions, exotic settings, suspenseful action, perfect surprises, savory conversation, spicy humor, and a philosophical depth lacking in many stories of its genre. Stevenson does not romanticize his "gentlemen of fortune" pirates: they are wasteful, fickle, ignorant, violent, superstitious, and treacherous, and hence very human.

    By thunder! Don't be as craven as a weevil in a biscuit: listen to Jasper Britton's reading of Treasure Island.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chico, CA, USA 08-12-08
    Michael Chico, CA, USA 08-12-08
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    "Excellent"

    It's been many years since I read this book. The story is as good as I remembered it and the narration is excellent. This reader brings not only excellent voice characterization to the reading but also enthusiasm. Too many books are read in a boring, almost monotone, presentation. This narrator really brings the story to life. I listened to samples of other readers narrating this book and I'm very glad indeed that I chose this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Topeka, KS, United States 04-19-11
    Robert Topeka, KS, United States 04-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic: Classic Theatre for Your Ears and Mind"

    The story is of course a classic tale, and Jasper Britton delivers a masterful performance of this timeless classic. I sampled other versions, and there are several nice narrations out there, but I cannot imagine this intriguing, imaginative tale being delivered any better than Britton does here. He flows easily between the characters, painting vivid pictures and providing a delightful listening experience. Britton keeps the story moving at a good pace with joyful exuberance.

    I listened to this with my children, and we were riveted to the speakers with great anticipation. There may be theatrical versions and movies of this timeless classic which do the story some justice, but classics like this should be experienced as the author provided it, in its unabridged form, and this version is vivid, imagination-rich theatre for your ears and mind. Very Highly Recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig A. Van Korlaar Okinawa, Japan 03-26-12
    Craig A. Van Korlaar Okinawa, Japan 03-26-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "A well delivered classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Treasure Island to be better than the print version?

    The narrator (Jasper Britton) breathed new life in the the characters in such a way I felt like I was reading this childhood favorite for the very first time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Winter Park, FL, United States 01-09-12
    Frank Winter Park, FL, United States 01-09-12
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    "What an adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a spell bounding tale of continuous intrigue.


    What other book might you compare Treasure Island to and why?

    War of the Worlds. They both keep you constantly anticipating more.


    What does Jasper Britton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A new look on reality


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh with excitement


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Taylor Monmouth, OR 11-08-10
    E. Taylor Monmouth, OR 11-08-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic Narrator"

    The narrator makes the story come alive! This is a classic worth listening to even if you've read it many times before. Jasper Britton is amazing at recreating the feel of the times through his narration. Highly recommended.

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    Jeff Moncton, NB, Canada 08-11-10
    Jeff Moncton, NB, Canada 08-11-10
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    "Loved it and would have given it 4.5 if possible!"

    I don't read fiction often but have to say I loved this book and loved the performance. My Stevenson has great skill as a writer and this title deserves it's reputation as one of the best adventure books ever written. The book is very well paced, has fantastic characters and great actions sequences.

    This book really came alive as a result of Mr Britton's voice acting skills. In my opinion he is one of the best along with William Hootkins who narated Moby Dick

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Glen Allen, VA, USA 06-18-10
    Philip Glen Allen, VA, USA 06-18-10
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    "Classic story, well narrated"

    The narrator of this story does an incredible job of bringing it to life. Makes you wish it was a longer story.

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    peripatetix 03-27-10
    peripatetix 03-27-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing reading"

    Reader Jasper Britton breathes new life into Stevenson's classic tale. Listening to this version of Treasure Island was an absolute blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Piers
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    8/24/09
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    "Great book, Great narrator"

    A brilliant narration of a classic boys-own adventure story. Jasper Britton makes the somewhat aged language sing and keeps the excitement going to the very last "pieces of eight". Vivid characterisation, rock-solid accents and great pace.

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