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Blue Lagoon

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Narrated by: Adrian Praetzellis
Series: The Blue Lagoon, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Classics, World Literature
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Listen to Blue Lagoon with a movie-style soundtrack and amplify your audiobook experience.    

Two shipwrecked children grow up on a South Pacific island. This beautiful story of adventure and innocent love was H.D. Stacpoole’s most popular work.

Public Domain (P)2018 Booktrack

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Enjoyable, but terminology is difficult at times

I have listened to several maritime adventure books, including a few related to the late 1800s and early 1900s. So I had perhaps some advantage when it came to this book, which uses a lot of nearly forgotten sea-faring terminology from that era. But some people may find this terminology difficult. Even the terminology used on land in this book is sprinkled with strange terms that are now rarely encountered (dropsy for edema, for instance).

Still, I actually really enjoyed this book, and the antiquated language may have made it more interesting for me. It's a very sweet story. The narration is very soft and gentle too, reminding me at times of the voice of Fred Rogers (a.k.a. Mr Rogers). The music and occasional sound effects also added to my enjoyment. I thought it was a nice touch in a book that has obvious cinematic appeal (it has been made into several movies).

Because the book is so gentle, I figure that it was written for young people --perhaps teens. But this may not be true. It may be more a reflection of the author's sensibilities and perhaps also the literary sensibilities of the time. I thought a few things in the story seemed very unlikely and hard to swallow. In particular, the description of the hurricane did not quite ring true. The storm causes a lot of destruction, but miraculously, no injuries. And we are told next-to-nothing about what the characters do during the hours-long storm and how they managed to survive it unscathed.