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An exciting... adventure indeed as the Seagrave family, en route to Australia, are shipwrecked and become castaways on a desert tropical island. Thankfully Masterman Ready, a good man to have in a crisis, is on hand to build shelter and solve the many problems they encounter- to build a fish pool, catch turtles and how to cultivate the available resources . Ready, a man of great practical experience and a history laden with much to regret is also qualified to dispense moral advice to the family with regard to their appreciation of what they have and their acceptance of Gods will. All may be to no avail, however, as the family are discovered and eventually attacked by a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals. The battle provides a cliffhanging climax to the story as survival hangs in the balance. Who will live to be rescued by Captain Osborn-if he arrives in time?

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About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as "excellent", "remarkable", "entrancing", "superb", "magic for sure", "masterly", "wonderful", "a class act" and "a splendid example of audio at its best".

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)

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  • 05-03-13

Marryat is a master story teller

Captain Marryat gives a sense of realism to his adventure novels which few authors rival. His knowledge of the sea makes it clear that he is no armchair author. His character development and sense of right and wrong leave most modern authors for dead.

Narrator is clear and on the whole easy to listen to although he doesn't quite capture the intensity of the story.

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  • 17-07-21

Solid story with great nautical details

Very good development of characters. Strong moral values. Narrator did a good job capturing the feelings of the story.