Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped tells the story of a young orphaned 17-year old boy named David living in Scotland during the 18th century. While trying to make his way in the world, David moves in to his uncle's estate, where he soon after finds clues that prove that his father, and thus himself, should have been the rightful heir to the estate, rather than his uncle.
Aware of this discovery, David's uncle tricks him into boarding a ship, where he is then hit over the head and wakes up to find himself at the mercy of an ill-tempered crew which plans on selling him to into servitude somewhere in the Carolinas, far from his uncle.
Once at sea, the crew encounters a mighty storm, which causes the ship to smash into a smaller boat. The crash kills everyone aboard the smaller vessel except for the Jacobite, Alan. Alan boards the ship and offers money to the captain in exchange to be taken to the mainland. Once on board, David overhears the crew plotting to kill Alan in order to take all of his money.
Bonding together, David and Alan barricade themselves inside a room and end up killing several crew members. Left with no other choice, the captain gives in and agrees to deliver both Alan and David safely ashore, where David must then confront his uncle about the estate's ownership. The story depicts the development of a young boy into a fine young man through the misadventures he has, in the real world.
Public Domain (P)2016 A.R.N. Publications
I've just started listening and I see no reason to continue. The first thing you hear is a summary of almost the entire plot! I checked my own hard copy of the book, and looked online but I didn't find the spoiler-laden preface in any other edition. In fact it's a reading if the publisher's summary that appears on this site. If this was in print any reader would have then sense to turn the page without reading. I am much less likely to skip ahead with an audio recording.
It has been years since I read this book and I had forgotten most of it. I was looking forward to embarking on that adventure again with no idea how it would unfold but I'm not sure I'll bother now.
David McCallion did an outstanding job in portraying the charters with a Scottish dialect that brought the them alive. A great author, story and narrator.
The roundhouse defense was incredible
The ship wreck and living on the Island
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