Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, this is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike. And as David Cordingly points out in his afterward, Treasure Island is also the best and most influential of all pirate stories.
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"Thrilling fights and adventures." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing." (J.M. Barrie)
Loved the audio version of this story.
All characters were wonderfully ready.
The end of the book is great and the moments before they get off the island.
I loved the entire book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Movie versions are never too accurate so hearing the book is such a rich experience. Alfred Molina does a wonderful job of narrating but there was one thing that was kind of a pain. The volume. At times it was quite loud then moments later there would be whispering and I found myself turning the volume up and down much too often. I suppose that listening to the story on earphones or in a quiet room would probably be different but I listen in the car on my commute and found the volume changes to be an issue.
Treasure Island is a classic book I remember as a child. It has stood the test of time and I will share it with my children.
This is my second favorite book, next to 'The Gunslinger'. I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it.
My favorite characters are Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver.
The narrator, Alfred Molina, amazes me with his multiple character depictions.
I recommend this book highly to all.
yogini, knitter, quilter, sewist, stitcher, reader, cook, foodie, wine snob, francophile, wife, dog mom, SF Giants fan
Exciting, adventurous escape.
Alfred Molina brought this story to life as only he could. Each character was so distinctly and perfectly rendered, I felt like I was actually there witnessing the events as they unfolded.
I wouldn't. Alfred Molina's rendering was so perfect, I wouldn't even consider watching a movie of this book. It wouldn't be as good. :)
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. I normally do not go in for adventure/pirate/seafaring tales. But on the strength of her recommendation and Alfred Molina as the narrator, I did, and I loved every second of it. I do think the story is slightly predictable and otherwise would not interest me that much. But Alfred Molina's telling of it made it breathlessly compelling. Bravo!
This audiobook is actually wonderful...even for adult listeners. Moreover, the novel is well written and the narration was perfect.
Hare & There
Alfred Molina's narration was spot on!
We listened to this during a road trip of several full-day drives. What a great way to pass the time. A classic story and a fantastic listen. Recommended for the whole family.
No. Only re-read this story to refresh my remembrance of it since it had been many years since I read it the first time. This time in listening instead of reading, I found that I have always tended to speed read and by listening, I actually appreciated the story more.
Probably when Silver revealed his true colors and started the sequence of deception.
Have not listened to any before
A young boy finds adventure.
Enjoyed the listening very much.
This book is a great classic for everyone, but this is an older version.
I found it all equally interesting.
There were hesitations and he read it in a monotone.
After I purchased this book they told that it was an older version I wish that had been told before in the review so I could have selected a different performer
For anyone who accepts to play along, this classic adventure novel is extremely enjoyable.
Of course, the storyline is both implausible and largely predictable, there is a strange and temporary change in narrator halfway into the novel and there is absolutely no romantic twist to the story (and indeed no significant female character). Still, this novel is never irritating and highly entertaining.
In fact, it is quite amazing to realize how it seems to have set standards for later pirate stories: a map to a hidden treasure, a one legged ruffian with a parrot on his shoulder, lots of rum drinking, etc.
The audio version is very well rendered, with short musical interludes between parts as a bonus.
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