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5.0 out of 5 starsKidnapped Audio
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2012
Alright, let me just simply say that this was amazing. This is Robert Louis Stephenson at his best. I have read this book twice and watched the Masterpiece Theatre film version (which I adore) countless times but this audio is my favorite way in which this WONDERFUL story is done. I really love Jim Wiess. I wish I knew his adress so that I could write him a twenty page long letter singing his praises. Jim Wiess is, in my opinion, the greatest narrator of all time. He does the accents so wonderfully and makes everything seem so real. You coud almost believe the characters to be actually alive and breathing. He makes you love and care about them, which is more than most narrators and writers can and/or would. I listen to Mr. Wiess constantly and I believe I have become quite spoiled! lol I own probably ten of his narrations and they are all undeniably gorgeous. My little brother can't hardly go to sleep without listening to Jim Wiess! He is truely addicting! Unfortunately, I was heartbroken when this audio ended. :-) I wish i could give this twenty stars... Thank you Mr. Wiess! I am in love with your audios!!!
4.0 out of 5 starsA good solid enjoyable read - a welcome break from always reading "challenging" books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 9, 2015
I selected this for my female dominated bookclub by way of contrast to other recent books we'd read and must admit to being surprised at the positive reviews from some I thought would not enjoy it which probably says more about my preconceptions than anything else! A couple of people struggled with the language but I found if you just went with the general flow it was fine, especially as this copy had small explanations for some words so you didn't feel you were missing too much. The actual story is solid and Stevenson is able to paint a good picture without wasting words - which prompted discussion and comparisson with Dickens who is one of my favourites but prone to using "flowery phrases" as one person put it. A good and not taxing read - and certainly interesting on the historical content.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn understanding of Scottish clan history
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2020
A book I should have read in my teens and now I’m in my eighties. I learned a lot about the tribal nature of Scottish clans and the loyalty engendered through clan ‘membership ‘. Heard a review on BBC 4 which led me to order and found it difficult to put down. Thoroughly enjoyed it.