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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"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)
RLS perfectly captures the essence of what it must have been like to live amongst pirates and men alike, in a time when the world was such a place that adventure and innocence of a child could bring such happiness to the reader. It's narrated with such enthusiasm and great acting. I loved every minute of it.
Wow! This is the quintessential pirate. It has stood the test of time and is still as accessible and entertaining as it was centuries ago.
What made this version special was the outstanding performance by Jasper Britton. This was my first experience with this narrator, and his inflections, voices, and cadence were flawless. It really made for an exciting listen and I will definitely search out more of his performances.
So, even if you read this years ago, give it a listen. I think you'll find this format and narrator brings the story to life like never before.
The wonderful narration of this classic pirate tale added a great deal to the story. The other reviewers covered the main points, but I will mention one thing. When I first started listening, it seemed as if the narrator was talking faster than humanly possible. The I-phone app allows you to slow the speed down to 75% and at that rate the pace was perfect. There was a little reverberation echo, but I am guessing the publisher sped up the recording a bit to get it to fit on a certain number of CDs when it was first distributed. Just slow it down if you have trouble keeping up, This was the first book where I experienced that over-clocked sensation.
I bought this audio book on a whim brought on by nostalgia, and boy was I glad I did! I haven't read Treasure Island since I was a boy and couldn't really remember how the story went or who the characters were aside from the boy and pirate cook. First off, Jasper Britton did an amazing job with narration - he has a good range of voices and does "pirate talk" perfectly. The story was better than I remember and I had totally forgotten about Gunn and the captain of the ship! Highly recommended for both a great story and fantastic narrator!
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
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