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Treasure Island | [Robert Louis Stevenson]

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.
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Publisher's Summary

Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver.

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.

(P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Julie Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-01-12
    Julie Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-01-12
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    "Wonderfully read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Treasure Island to be better than the print version?

    Loved the audio version of this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters were wonderfully ready.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end of the book is great and the moments before they get off the island.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the entire book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Letkeman Port Moody, B.C. Canada 09-23-12
    Doug Letkeman Port Moody, B.C. Canada 09-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration volume is my only criticism"
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    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.

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    Brian S. 09-23-12
    Brian S. 09-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic you can't go wrong"
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    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.

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    Paul L Michaels 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A true treasure for me!"
    Where does Treasure Island rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is my second favorite book, next to 'The Gunslinger'. I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite characters are Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver.


    What about Alfred Molina???s performance did you like?

    The narrator, Alfred Molina, amazes me with his multiple character depictions.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book highly to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Dickinson Bay Area, CA United States 08-14-12
    Jennifer Dickinson Bay Area, CA United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2015

    yogini, knitter, quilter, sewist, stitcher, reader, cook, foodie, wine snob, francophile, wife, dog mom, SF Giants fan

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    "Utterly Absorbing"
    If you could sum up Treasure Island in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, adventurous escape.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina – was your favorite?

    Captain Smollett.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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. :)


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 07-11-12
    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Surprisinly Good Listen"
    What did you love best about Treasure Island?

    This audiobook is actually wonderful...even for adult listeners. Moreover, the novel is well written and the narration was perfect.


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    Amazon Customer Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-04-12
    Amazon Customer Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2015

    Hare & There

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    "Great for road trips with the family!"
    What does Alfred Molina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Alfred Molina's narration was spot on!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    David Gridley, CA, United States 04-09-12
    David Gridley, CA, United States 04-09-12
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    "Good"
    Would you listen to Treasure Island again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Treasure Island?

    Probably when Silver revealed his true colors and started the sequence of deception.


    Have you listened to any of Alfred Molina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any before


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A young boy finds adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the listening very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra new port richey, FL, United States 04-09-12
    Sandra new port richey, FL, United States 04-09-12
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    "Older reading"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is a great classic for everyone, but this is an older version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Treasure Island?

    I found it all equally interesting.


    What didn’t you like about Alfred Molina’s performance?

    There were hesitations and he read it in a monotone.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Treasure Island?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 04-03-12
    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 04-03-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great Fun!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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