©2001 Roger L. Johnson; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Roger Cosham demonstrates his narrative versatility with deft changes of tone and inflection, and pacing that keeps the lengthy book from becoming tedious. Fans of naval stories should love Johnson's book, which honors Stevenson's classic." (AudioFile)
Supposed to be related to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure island. Perhaps. I think it is better, than Treasure Island.
More of a fictional account of young John Paul Jones, before he became famous, than anything else.
Left me wanting to hear the rest of the story.
I have loved " Treasure Island " since I was a boy a just had to listen to this . While I would have like to had more of Old Long John Silver more prominent in the story it is still a delightful story to set your sail by for a high seas adventure.
I loved the narrator and the way he brought each character to life. I especially loved the Scottish brogue.
I liked the character of John Paul Jones.
I had just finished listening to Treasure Island and liked it well enough to give this book a try. I tried to like it, but just couldn't get there. I finished it, but only barely. The narrator is not the best, certainly not compared to David Buck on Treasure Island. None of the characters were compelling or likable to me. I don't know this to be true, but I got the distinct impression that this was the author's first book. It may have been written with children in mind, like Treasure Island, but even so, it was not compelling. Maybe the comparison to a classic like Treasure Island is not perfectly fair, but it is inevitable if you set yourself up as a sequel. I've listened to lots of books from this site and only not finished one of them, but this was close to being the second. Again, I didn't hate it, just didn't like it enough to be happy about using my time and credits on it.
Was looking forward to the book, and over all it was ok. But the plot had too much unnecessary complexity, and reliance on a narrative involving the American Revolution as background, even though it was clear that the author knew little of that event.
Among other things was the presentation of Thomas Jefferson in 1775 as an elderly and important statesman, at a time when he was 25 years old, and still an obscure Virginian who had done none of the stuff yet for which he would become famous. Other errors of historic detail abound.
Ok book, but thè historic inaccuracies rubbed me wrong
The narration is great. The way he changes his voice for each character keeps it interesting. The story fits perfectly with treasure island and is very believable.
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