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Treasure Island Audiobook

Treasure Island

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Publisher's Summary

With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

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    Kindle Customer 30/05/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Argh, Jim M'lad"
    If you could sum up Treasure Island in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, Treasure and Pirates! (What's not to love about that?)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I tried out this book some years ago when I was at school and I did not get very far with it, but over the years I think I have developed a love for adventure books.
    I just couldn't get enough Treasure Island. I loved hearing the story through Jim's head and thoughts and the characters were so full of life (well, if they weren't dead).
    I felt like I was there, shooting at pirates or running through the undergrowth on a desert island. I especially loved Jim's view of things he had never seen before. Seals for example, were giant snail like monsters who barked.
    Brilliant.


    What about David Buck’s performance did you like?

    His characters.
    He went from old Jim, to young Jim, to Long John Silver, to Square Trelawney with a seamless ease and never a stumble.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If I hadn't been working while listening to this I think I would have been biting my nails.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending!
    Those last few words had such a haunting, echoey feel to them...Marvellous!!
    I think I will be going hunting for some more books along the same line as this one over the next few week. :)

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Phil 26/07/2015
    Phil 26/07/2015
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    "Brilliant narration of an all time classic!"

    The narration of this book was fantastic. Each of the characters were brought to life with their personalities accentuated brilliantly. I've now read Treasure Island twice and listened to it once, and could easily listen to this version again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CJM 11/12/2014
    CJM 11/12/2014
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    "Brilliant!"

    This is one of the best tales ever told. It's no wonder just about every pirate film ever made totally rips it off. This is the authentic original.

    It tells of a voyage at sea without falling into the trap that many stories of this type fall into; namely digressing into lengthy technical discussions about sailing.

    There is as much in this story of time on land in England and in the West Indies. It gives a sense of frontier life.

    Of course, the main delight of this story and the most famous is Long John Silver. Now I know why the character is so famous. He's both loveable and revolting at the same time. He's a slithering snake of a man and the narrator portrays him perfectly. He portrays every character perfectly for that matter.

    I consider this audio book absolutely essential.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    keven mcnamara 28/07/2016
    keven mcnamara 28/07/2016
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    "Original pirates of the Caribbean..."

    Loved it ... Classic adventure... Brings you back to your childhood.. Written the way a pirate story should be. Couldn't think of a better book for adventure.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 10/01/2017
    Anna 10/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Such a classic adventure story, very well read!"

    Read this as a child and it's still just as good now! Gripping read, well narrated!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TEZ FROST Bath, UK 14/04/2013
    TEZ FROST Bath, UK 14/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Long John Silver"

    This is a beautifully read classical pirate's tale. Dating back to the Victorian days there's plenty of chivalrous heroes and scoundrel pirates; I love the fact that they raise the British Flag even though it gives away their position! I listened to this during my daily commute and I had listened carefully to keep track of the story. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. OLIVER 04/02/2017
    S. OLIVER 04/02/2017
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    "A true classic"

    Still as brilliant a tale now as it was when first read almost fifty years ago
    and beautifully narrated .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Nash Battle, East Sussex, United Kingdom 16/02/2016
    John Nash Battle, East Sussex, United Kingdom 16/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Ripping yarn in the best way possible "

    I read it as a child; listening gave a new dimension to this classic book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sal 18/02/2017
    Sal 18/02/2017
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    "Timeless classic"

    Few books get better than this! Exciting adventure for adults and children alike - must have been amazing to read when first written and still is now - loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 26/01/2017
    Emma 26/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliantly done"

    A classic story, very well performed by the narrator. I'll seek him out again as he was very talented and really added to the experience.
    British as a plus when so many on here are read by Americans.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Greg Lhamon
    Waterloo, IL USA
    11/02/09
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    "Outstanding Book and Narrator"

    Some books are considered classics because the story is unique and compelling. Others are praised because of the superlative writing style of the author. A handful of books have both qualities. Treasure Island is one.

    This is the quintissential pirate book. Peg legs. A talking parrot perched atop a pirate's shoulder. Swashbuckling adventure on deck and atop the jib. And of course, Long John Silver. It's all here.

    This is an astonishing book made even moreso when you consider Stevenson was just 31 years old when he wrote it. Subtle humor, action, sea adventure, double-crosses. And gorgeous prose.

    And this particular audio version showcases an outstanding narrator. His various character voices were so distinct that at times I supposed I was listening to a dramatic retelling using various actors.

    Buy it. Download it. Relish it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Kew Gardens, NY, United States
    05/05/11
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    "The one to get"

    I sampled a wide variety of readings before settling on this one, and I couldn't have been happier. David Buck's narration is superb. This is the one to get!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Robbinsville, NJ, United States
    17/08/10
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    "Well read version"

    This version was great. Best read fiction story I've ever heard. More like a radio play than a simple reading. Got to know the entire host of characters just from the voice, and found the story easier to follow with the narrator reading than when I read it on paper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    canyon country, CA, United States
    16/04/12
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    "A swashbuckling tail of epic proportions"
    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it. Outstanding!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Aye Jim Boy. Keep a weather eye out for a seafaring man with one leg. You will do that for me won’t you Jim Boy"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Normal, IL, United States
    05/02/11
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    "Must read classic"

    As a classic, there is no doubt one should consider reading this book. I love finding out where terms and/or characters originate from and this book includes several. Ever been to Long John Silver's? Just happens to be the antagonist who played the role of the ship's cook.

    The question is whether or not this is the version to download. I agree with other reviews - the narrator did a fantastic job - so go ahead and purchase with confidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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