First conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse his stepson, Treasure Island began with the map. Young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island, and Stevenson, looking over the boy's shoulder, began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island and Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure.
From this gentlest of beginnings has come one of the fiercest and best-loved novels of piracy and fortune in the history of literature. It is Lloyd's lasting legacy that he insisted there be no girls in the story!
It tells the story of Jim Hawkins, who, having acquired a map to the vast treasure of the fabled Captain Flint, sets out with a sponsor, Squire Trelawney, who has been tricked into crewing up his ship with the remaining members of the notorious Flint's band of pirates.
Mutiny, maroonings and treasure follow, with the wonderful character of Long John Silver, not only providing a truly sophisticated analysis of the fact that morality is never simple but also forever fixing peg legs and parrots as the only uniform of the true bucaneer.
Initially sold to a boys' magazine called Young Folks, Treasure Island began Robert Louis Stevenson's phenomenal success as a novelist. The British Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone was reputed to have read until two in the morning in order to finish it. It has a similar grasp today, and we are firmly convinced that Tim West's Silver will be heard growling and chuckling long into the night.
Public Domain (P)2008 Silksoundbooks Limited
Timothy West is exceptional in the way he brings to life all the characters of this famous novel and makes it a pleasure to listen to.
Pirates, buried treasure, double crosses, curses, talking parrots and daring-do... what's not to like?
The scene where the pirates pass around the black spot was terrific, with the narrator making each pirate a separate and distinct character.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
I loved every minute of this book! Just brilliant, for anyone who wants action and adventure. One small problem was at times I was confused as to who the narrator was supposed to be but it was cleared up quickly enough each time.
"1st Rate Narrator"
Okay, before I bought this audio book I already had a professional audio book of this book,. I spent a credit in order to hear this wonderful story narrated by Timothy West. Even though I already had another fine narrator of this audio book in my possession I still felt the rendition of Timothy West was worth the credit. I was right. West is superb in his ability to express the different characters in the story and in his ability to correctly bring the correct excitement to the narration. I am very satisfied with my purchase. If you choose to go with this narration I believe you will be also.
This is an adventure you can read to children or enjoy by yourself. Like the Harry Potter books it transcends age brackets.
"Thems that dies will be the lucky ones!" spoken by Long John Silver.
Absolutely. Who would want to interrupt a great story?
Listen to the Timothy West sample. If it rings true for you then buy it.
"AAAAAHHHHHHH OH MY GOD! SHUT UP!"
If he would quit with the lip smacking and lip licking. oh my god. It felt like he was trying to make out with my friggin ears. SHUT UP!!!! AND QUIT TAKING A BREATH EVERY OTHER WORD. OH MY GOD!
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