Stevenson's quintessential pirate adventure story, brilliantly conceived and executed! Created by actor/narrator Chris Hendrie, the characters immediately spring to life. Young Jim Hawkins tells his own coming-of-age story as he sets sail to find gold with his pirate friends, encountering the magnificent Long John Silver - one legged, quick, cunning, and genial. Through mutiny and deceit, Jim discovers that slippery and charismatic Long John is his ultimate antagonist and that he will have to best him if right is to win the day. Young Jim becomes a hero and the treasure is recovered.
Public Domain (P)2011 Chris Hendrie
I love this book, and was eager to share it with my small children (ages 4 and 6), who often listen to books that would otherwise be above their reading level. However, this reading did NOT hold their attention. In fact, I had a hard time with Chris Hendrie's style myself.
The sound was all over the place--sometimes loud, then dropping off dramatically. I had to adjust the volume constantly. Also, there was a choppy quality--it sounds like the narrator may have used long pauses that were edited out to produce a jerky rhythm--either that or Chris Hendrie just talks like a computer reading text. Some very odd phrasing.
Characterizations and ease of voice changes with various accents and archaic language pronunciations. Excellent story read by a master of the genre.
The scene where the main character is pinnted to the mast by a thrown knife while he accidentally shoots one of the villians. But there are so many other great scenes!
Long John Silver, fantastic characterization.
Excellent value and experience.
Wow, this has to be one of the worst productions I've listened to. Nothing bad of Chris Hendrie, but someone seriously messed up when doing the audio editing for this book. Sometimes halfway through a sentence a word is edited in, resulting in a very jarring experience. I'd strongly recommend getting on of the other performances.
Great Old Tale
The speaker does a good job - I think it was in the recording or production that made the listening difficult. The volume was very spastic with some voices much louder than others and the volume in general fluctuated enough to make the listener have to adjust the volume level to keep an even tone - or even be able to hear at some points.
yes - the story was great. I may not listen to it again just due to production snafus.
Chris Hendrie did an excellent job with the voices - I just wouldn't recommend it because it is frustrating and difficult to hear.
Wow! What a captivating story with a brilliant narrator!! I downloaded Treasure Island onto my Ipod and got so into the story, I listened to 9 chapters straight. The narrator's range of characters (especially Long John Silver) sets an exciting tone and the story really comes alive. You feel as though you are amongst the pirates. I am going to recommend this to all of my friends and their kids...perfect for every pirate lover!
PS I googled the narrator and he is a well known Hollywood actor. It is much more fun listening to him create the characters than the typical audiobook narrators that simply read the story.
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