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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Wonderful!

I found the narrator so wonderful in this telling of Treasure Island that even though I knew the story, I found myself smiling at his ability to create such marvelous voices!! You'll love this one, I promise!!

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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A pure joy to listen to!

This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever had the pleasure listening to. Alfred Molina's narration is nothing short of remarkable, showing a command of the era's language in a way I've never quite heard before. He doesn't stay at arm's length but rather embodies these classic characters, displaying nuance at every turn of phrase and practically chewing on the lines. It's really quite an accomplishment.

But the real treasure remains Stevenson's very elegant (and underrated) writing. It remains one heck of a good yarn that has withstood the test of time for very good reasons. Highly recommend it!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • Alpharetta, GA, United States
  • 09-22-10

Alfred Molina Nails It.

Very good reading by Molina, but the audio quality (pops and stutters) is terrible in the first part. Either I got used to it or it stopped by the end of the recording. I would have rated this at 5 stars but for the audio quality.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • San Anselmo, CA, USA
  • 07-11-10

Outstanding, fabulous reading

Great, great reading with such good characterization and wonderful dialects, that you forget it's being read, you are just swept away to another world.

Some other reviewers of this title had audio problems of pops and clicks and though my version had none, I have bought other Audible books with the same problems and it's really frustrating.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Bret
  • Baton Rouge, LA, United States
  • 04-05-09

Great Story, Great Narrator!

I remember this story from grade school and loved it. This narrator brought all of the characters to life. Couldn't stop listening.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great Classic - Excellent Audiobook

This great classic is a must have for any home library. The audiobook recording does justice to the original manuscript and is well told with masterful storytelling. One of my favorite audiobooks.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Douglasville, GA, USA
  • 01-20-09

Enoyable

The adventure and excitement was well presented by the narrator - even the accents added to the text of the novel.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrea
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 03-12-10

Great fun!

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. I actually laughed with delight when the narrator started to talk like a pirate. What fun!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Classic, Impeccably Read

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book, and highly recommend it. Treasure Island is clearly the archetype for most everything we think of when conjuring up pirates. Alfred Molina's narration is ideal here and I'll be looking for more of his readings.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Joan
  • Cochecton, NY, United States
  • 09-06-12

Narration unsteady in volume

Would you be willing to try another one of Alfred Molina’s performances?

No. Alfred Molina, while he has a lovely voice, tends to drop the volume of his voice at the end of each sentence - making it difficult, if not impossible, to hear. I found myself continuously turning the volume up, then back down again - until I just gave up and stopped listening.

Any additional comments?

Try this book by another narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful