"Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!" "X marks the spot!" Long John Silver with his parrot on his arm! Treasure Island, the 1883 masterpiece by the great Scot Robert Louis Stevenson, set the course for all-things-pirate to come. Its influence is inestimable.
This story of buccaneers seeking buried treasure on an island off the coast of Mexico is told through the eyes of Jim Hawkins, a teenager who gets mixed up in the pirate crowd. Hawkins is brought to life in this audiobook by the expert Neil Hunt, whose British tenor playfully rises and falls with the churn of the waves and the mayhem wrought by Billy Bones, Ben Gunn, and other immortal characters of this swashbuckling epic.
By journey's end he will have faced murder, mutiny, and mayhem - and in the process, become a man. Narrator Neil Hunt brings to life the characters Robert Louis Stevenson made so memorable: Black Dog, Blind Pew, Billy Bones, George Merry, Israel Hands, and Ben Gunn.
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While I enjoyed the book and my kids were entertained, like a lot of 19th century adventure stories I am more impressed by its staying power and influence than the story or writing itself.
The strength of 'Treasure Island' is its characters. Even minor players in this pirate/treasure/tropical adventure story are fascinating. The plot had enough ups and downs and twists to entertain, but like Jules Verne's and H.G. Wells' minor novels, Stevenson's writing just wasn't interesting enough to draw me back for a second draft.
Neil Hunt's narration was varied enough for the characters without being overly distracting from the story.
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
I really only grabbed this because my 9th grader was going to read it as part of his Honors English class (it was on the list.) Unfortunately, he found the 19th century Kings English a bit too daunting and didn't know what they were talking about half the time. He ended up reading something else. However, I thought it was fun and stuck with it. I of course have known of the book "forever," and I think I saw a movie base on it, way-back-when; but I never read the book.
So now I have read (or listened to) the book and I am glad I did. They story still holds up and was fun. It was also fun comparing it to Treasure Planet. It actually perked my interest enough that I watched a few different movie versions that I could find.
What a fun trip into Pirate World! The reader of course makes or breaks any audio book, and Recorded Books consistently uses excellent readers. No exception here -- I enjoyed this from start to finish. Might even listen to it again.
I needed a break from some longer, more intense audiobooks, and this was perfect! The story is quick-paced and interesting, set in a time long ago surrounding pirates, treasures, mutinies and betrayals, doctors and young men... All great elements for a thrilling book. The reader is very expressive and carries the pirate dialogue so well it's like you're listening to real pirates. Highly recommended, arrr! :)
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I was first introduced to this classic tale of pirates and adventure in preschool, where they had one of those dramatized abridgements that little kids often listen to before they read the full story. It wasn't until many years later that my brother began devoting some time each day to reading me the story, which he had received as a gift from an old teacher of mine in the hope that he might read it to me at some point. Due to my brother's moving out to go to college, however, we never finished it.
Three years ago now I found the unabridged version on CD, narrated by Neil Hunt. This being a copy obtained from my local public library however, some disks were damaged. So I was elated when I found that self same version here on Audible. Neil Hunt's narration is excellently done. All his portrayals, from Jim Hawkins to Israel Hands to Livesy to Long John Silver, are excellent. Needless to say I couldn't stop listening for more than a few minutes. Of course I've noticed that Recorded Books Incorporated, the company responsible for this unabridged recording, seems to have a nack for picking excellent narrators for their books, and Treasure Island is no exception. As I said in the title, an excellent production of an excellent, classic adventure story
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I wasn't exactly captivated by the story. In fact, it took me a few tries before I was able to really get into the book, and even then, it nearly lost me in the middle.
That being said, I got a huge kick out of finally meeting the character of Long John Silver, who Neil Hunt brought to life masterfully.
The tale was pretty interesting, and there were parts that were quite thrilling and engaging. I can see how it would have been an absolute gem in its time. Today's audience has been raised on movies full of epic adventures, so we're a little numb to a simple story like this. That being said, the narration helped to make it very relatable.
Yes I grew up listening this reading, and had such fond memories of it as an adult that I had to find it again. It was even better to my grown up ears, and so fun that you may find yourself skipping around to re-listen to your favorite bits.
Yes. This detailed and fantastical look into the life of pirates and mariners is sure to captivate and fire the imagination when it comes to sea travel and adventure.
This is definitely a novel of it's time, told almost exclusively through journal entries and logbooks, and with the careful attention to detail and order of a naturalist. This is balanced by good pacing and finely written action scenes.
Nothing! I know that's hard to say, but I love it, it's genuinely been perhaps my favorite reading of an audiobook I've ever found.
Please give this classic a try, it's cheap and you'll get a lifetimes worth of listening out of it.
Listen up, friends and neighbors! This is, hands down, *the best* performance of "Treasure Island". EVER. Neil Hunt brings the characters to life as no one else has, especially Long John Silver. Run, don't walk to your Cart and add this title today!
This the best relatively shorter story that I have listened to. It's quickly flowing storyline kept me listening continuously.
Long John Silver, complexity of his character.
Great inflections and cjaracter voices "fit".
No extreme reaction, the book makes me laugh.
Fantastic narrator and a nearly perfect adventure story. I'd recommend King Solomon's Mines to anyone who enjoyed this story. H. Rider Haggard wrote at just about the same time a produced an adventure story of equal value.
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