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Moonfleet

Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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A tale of smuggling and mystery on the Dorset coast as told by John Trenchard, a boy obsessed with discovering the secret of Colonel 'Blackbeard' Mohune's hidden treasure. One night, trapped in the Mohune family vault beneath the church, John finds a locket round the Colonel's neck which contains verses from the Psalms of David. What could it mean? Elzevir Block, landlord of the local public house, who has lost his son in the contraband wars, befriends John and together they struggle to find the secret of Blackbeard's buried wealth. It is an adventure story full of action and misfortune spanning many years, two different countries and ending with a message to us all.

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"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." ( The Independent)

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Wonderful to hear this book.

I was first forced to read this book in grade 9 as part of English. It was of all the books I read for English in high school the only one I felt at the end I understood why we had been assigned to read it.

It is an adventure story of the same ilk as Treasure Island. Christian values and practicals are part of the story but not critical to understanding it. More importantly it is about how we view ourselves and the choices we make. I would say that any teenager would likely have a good chance of enjoying the story.

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  • Chris
  • 09-07-13

It's a classic

This is a well put-together story with a cast of engaging characters and scenes that made me smile and groan. There were plenty of ups and downs to keep me interested. I suppose that it's a sort of action adventure but the friendship of the main characters was what I felt drove the story.

I have to thank Chris de Burgh as I got this downlaod as a result of listening to his 'Moonfleet and other stories' and I'm really pleased that I did.

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  • papapownall
  • 08-06-19

Boy's own style 18th century smuggling adventure

I read Moonfleet when I was at school. It was one of the set texts for English Literate when I was in the fourth year which I think approximates to year 10 in today's system. I liked it at the time as it was an easy story to read and the protagonist John Trenchard was a similar age at the beginning of the story as I was. It is all jolly good stuff too with a background of smugglers, lost treasure, cryptic clues and the curse of Blackbeard.

The plot is, of course, a bit far fetched and silly but that does not matter as the characters are sufficiently strong to allow the reader (or listener) to suspend belief and let themselves be taken along for the adventure. It is the story of friendship and morals and the good old fashioned concept of good triumphing over evil.

This is just as much fun 40 years from reading this for the first time. A special mention should be given to the excellent narrator Peter Joyce who has the Dorset accents down to a tee. Brilliant stuff.

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  • Forrest
  • 01-23-19

Great classic story<br />

Great story for young and old . A classic story of adventure , smuggling and love.

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  • colin monteith
  • 09-26-18

Ripping Yarn of Smugglers

Great story of smugglers and a diamond. Grips the listener from start to finish. Prepare to be spellbound by this story of 18th century intrigue!

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  • Dorothy & Joe Yeomans
  • 06-17-18

Rattling good tale

Excellent Boys' Own Paper stuff! We listened to it each evening over 5 nights with considerable pleasure. Those were simpler times.

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  • celia stephenson-bird
  • 02-09-18

moonfleet<br /><br />

I loved it and would recommend it to anyone, particularly those interested in history and having knowledge of the sea. It was packed with action, reflection snd morality in the best sense of the word

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  • Spyder
  • 04-06-16

Narrator a bit dry.

Loved the story but the narration and musical pauses are dry and clumsy, but don't let this put you off listening.

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  • jane p
  • 03-12-16

A classic of its type

A rollicking tale of smuggling, adventure and growing up. Of course, by our standards, the moral underlay about greed and generosity is rather heavy handed and in your face, and the plot depends on both a ludicrously improbable set of events to set up the second half and then an equally improbable coincidence to create the resolution. But the themes of loyalty and the choices we make affecting others are actually rather well done. The narration started out feeling a little blunt but soon grew on me - it allows the emotion to come over from the words without excessive dramatisation.

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  • janet
  • 09-14-14

Rollocking good yarn

Good story, well written and well read. If you liked Treasure Island you'll probably like this. I'd expect to come back to this again and again and I'd pass it on.