First published in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of Robert Louis Stevenson's best-known and best-loved works.
A classic coming of age adventure, featuring buried treasure, treacherous pirates, and the eponymous Long John Silver, Treasure Island tells the enthralling story of Jim Hawkins, a young cabin boy, who sets sail on an 18th century voyage in search of a pirate's buried gold.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
'Treasure Island' - what magical images those two small words conjure up! One of the most adapted books in the English language, here are Robert Louis Stevenson's words presented verbatim in a well-paced action narrative that grips from the first few minutes onwards. Two hundred and more years have not aged the book at all, despite the spawning of hundreds of imitators. I have not had the pleasure of the company of this book for more than thirty years, but time has not diminished the story and rose-tinted spectacles have not washed out the bright-drawn characterisation.
Buried within the main plot is a story of morality and trust. This type of sub-plot is unusual as the book is aimed squarely at the gung-ho! action adventure; it is all the more remarkable considering when the book was written. At the end of the story I was left hanging between mild distaste and outright dislike of the Long John Silver character.
The only thing that slightly spoiled the rendition of this book for me was the reader's accent. Considering that most of the characters came from the West Country and outright reference was made to Bristol, the accent adopted by the reader seemed to float somewhere between East Devon and the Northumbrian coast. As a twenty-year resident of rural Dorset, it sounded very odd indeed.
A great, classic book full of adventure, heroics, skulduggery and pieces of eight. A real pleasure to listen to for it's innocence and escapism. Well read and highly recommended.
Although the storyline itself is clearly outdated and ironically 'unadventurous' at times, the narrative and profound depth to the principle characters keeps you on tenderhooks throughout. Speech quality and variety in tone, wonderful and rhythmic. I very much recommend this glorious tale of connivance and humility.
The book itself was great and was well read aloud by Mr. Woolf. Sadly, for much of the last third of the recording there was a distracting sound in the background as if a TV were playing in another room and being heard through the walls. Whilst it did not ruin the experience, it was an unnecessary distraction during some of the best parts.
"Fantastic story, unprofessional recording"
I am enjoying the story despite the distracting throat clearing and congestion problems that were recorded and not edited out. I wish I had purchased the reading by Alfred Molina instead.
"So much fun to listen to!"
This was a treat, I love Gabriel Woolf, who knew he could move from the evil father Karamozov to Long John Silver, to an innocent youthful protagonist and be so perfectly able to bring them all to life! The story is wonderful and just as exciting as it was when I read it 40 years ago. Makes you want to revisit all of the classics.
"Story almost ruined by sniffling reader"
This is a great story, but I'm also sorry I didn't purchase the other version since this narrator obviously had a cold. The sniffling and throat clearing are very distracting, not to mention the accent sounds fake, and the reader seems to stumble over his words from time to time. Very disappointing.
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