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Silver: Return to Treasure Island | [Andrew Motion]

Silver: Return to Treasure Island

July, 1802: In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives with a request from her father, Long John Silver. The pirate proposes that Young Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty, left behind many years before. Featuring a cast of noble seamen; murderous pirates; and stories of love, valor, and terrible cruelty, Silver is a worthy sequel to Treasure Island
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Publisher's Summary

July, 1802: In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives with a request from her father, Long John Silver. The pirate proposes that Young Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty, left behind many years before....

Featuring a cast of noble seamen; murderous pirates; and stories of love, valor, and terrible cruelty, Silver is a worthy sequel to Treasure Island- and a work of extraordinary authenticity and imaginative power from one of England's greatest writers.

David Tennant is best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in the 2005 TV serial Casanova and as Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He has also appeared in many stage productions including the title role in the acclaimed RSC production of Hamlet.

©2012 Andrew Motion (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The first thing to be said about Silver is that from the opening pages it is clear that it is no slap-dash clashing-in exercise, but a piece of writing born of genuine love and respect for the original." (Sunday Times)

"Silver whips along like a tea clipper in a fair breeze...." (Sunday Express)

"I think [Stevenson] would approve of this rich and thrilling narrative which so ingeniously complements his own." (Independent on Sunday)

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    Sara London, United Kingdom 26/04/2012
    Sara London, United Kingdom 26/04/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Adventure on the high seas"

    I really enjoyed David Tennant's reading of this audiobook, he injected a real sense of adventure,and wonderful characterisation. The cameo from Long John Silver is a welcome addition, and ties this sequel to it's predecessor, promising similar excitement. The main protagonist of the book, Jim, is not, in himself, terribly interesting, but it is his stories, and his relationships with others, particularly Natty, that makes you care about his journey, though perhaps their burgeoning romance is not totally necessary to enhance this story of rogues and treasure. The language of the novel, as one would expect from a former poet-laureate, is fluid and pleasing on the ear, especially from Tennant's tongue, and Motion's overall style is totally in-keeping with the 19th century fiction from which it comes, this might mean that the action doesn't come thick and fast enough for some, but I loved the time taken to conjure the atmosphere and paint a vivid picture.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Hitchin, United Kingdom 19/04/2012
    Stephen Hitchin, United Kingdom 19/04/2012
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    "Style, artistry and a toilet flush"

    The story started with great descriptive style. Having not read treasure island, I could imagine this would have been its style. The build up was fabulous, the story felt it was building and building. However the heart of the story was missing. Key characters died with whimpers. The end was dreadful, it made no point other than, life is cruel, unjust and pointless, give up and die before its too late. Of course David Tennant was an excellent narrator.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ducky Kent, UK 13/04/2013
    Ducky Kent, UK 13/04/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "An interesting sequel"

    Several people have argued that Robert Lewis Stephenson always intended to continue the story of Treasure Island, and here Andrew Motion, previously the UK poet laureate, writes a gripping sequel to the classic tale. Although it is a continuation, beginning with Long John Silver proposing that Jim and Natty return to Treasure Island to recover the abandoned treasure, this is also very much a story in its own right and I actually enjoyed it more than the original. I should also note that David Tennant is, as always, a superb narrator, giving each character an individual voice and really bringing them to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew London, United Kingdom 02/08/2015
    Andrew London, United Kingdom 02/08/2015 Member Since 2007
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    "Good performance but lackluster story"

    Kudos to David Tennant for a good reading of what turned out to be a very slow read. The parts up to the arrival on Treasure Island were pretty good, but after that the pace was too slow and the characterization wooden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Space Fly UK 28/04/2015
    Space Fly UK 28/04/2015
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    "Not a "page turner""

    I found myself finishing it simply because I started it. I never felt compelled to keep listening, I switched it off 10 minutes before the end (to finish the next day) which is unheard of for me that close to the end.

    An OK story, not terribly exciting. And in the end I found myself not caring about any of the characters in any way whatsoever. I was completely indifferent! The writing is distractingly "flowery" and so roundabout you'll find yourself begging the author just to get to the point!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sean BRISTOL, United Kingdom 24/04/2015
    sean BRISTOL, United Kingdom 24/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    Really enjoyed this story with. A fantastic performance, could have been written in the twentieth century loved it from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Duffy Oz 17/04/2015
    Christopher Duffy Oz 17/04/2015 Member Since 2014

    Dr. Bob

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    "Never been so disaffected by a work of fiction"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I honestly don't know who the target audience for this should be; possibly one of those mandatory high-school reading texts (since everyone hates them anyway) as an example of how not to write.


    What could Andrew Motion have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I believe that if the words "as if" had been removed, the recording would have been an hour shorter. If the comparison thereafter was elided as well, (as it should have been in most cases) it would halved it.Naming the chapters so baldly is just excruciating; no doubt it is useful for the writer but it telegraphs the plot so as to leave no hope of surprise.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The performance was excellent; so good in fact that it emphasised just how bad the story was.


    Any additional comments?

    I am embarrassed to admit I did persevere to the end of the work, with the hope beyond hope that it would develop a redeeming feature.
    I don't mean to deride the author, but I can honestly say I would not knowingly touch another work of theirs if I had any choice in the matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Giynmaru UK 22/01/2014
    Giynmaru UK 22/01/2014
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Where does Silver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A better question would be where does this book rate in my collect both hard copy and digital and my answer would be in the top 5.


    What other book might you compare Silver to, and why?

    Some of the Narnian Chronicles would be comparable but this book definitley has some obvious pluses.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The bit where Sinker is killed and the killer drowns.


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

    Yes but that is impossible :(


    Any additional comments?

    David Tennant is very good at characters and his voice makes him very easy listening, perfect in my book. Pun not intended :p

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 16/11/2013
    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 16/11/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent writing but a muted disappointing end"
    If you could sum up Silver in three words, what would they be?

    In wrong genre: Andrew Motion has written a quite lyrical text, but anyone wanting a narrative like Treasure Island will be a little disappointed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Motion? Why or why not?

    I would probably try another book by Andrew Motion, if he were ever to write one, since his writing skills are excellent and I would be interested to see what he makes of prose fiction second time round.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crispin 29/09/2013
    Crispin 29/09/2013 Member Since 2014

    Habitual backpacker. Boats, trains, dogs and 80's music. Memoirs, period mysteries, psychology and travel books.

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    "Too wordy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It read like someone trying to display the breadth of vocabulary rather than create an atmosphere.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None


    What aspect of David Tennant’s performance might you have changed?

    Could not here all of his words, inexplicably hushed at the end of sentences.


    Did Silver inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I can imagine some people loving this book, but was not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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