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Summary

The thrilling follow-up to Treasure Island, as told by one of England's greatest contemporary writers.

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. Aged and weak, but still possessing a strange power, 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, valour and terrible cruelty, Silver is a worthy sequel to Treasure Island - one of the greatest adventure stories ever told - and a work of extraordinary authenticity and imaginative power.

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

Critic reviews

"It whips along like a tea clipper in a fair breeze." ( The Express)
"Like Stevenson, Motion has achieved that very difficult thing: a children's novel that works even better for adults. Look to your laurels, Rowling." ( The Times)
"David Tennant, a Scot like R L Stevenson, makes a truly splendid narrator. A great adventure story for nine to 90-year olds!" (Rachel Redford, The Oldie)

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Too much to live up to

I wondered just how this could match up to the book that inspired it. Stevenson's rip-roaring, edge-of-the-seat, swashbuckling classic takes some matching, after all. Despite the fabulous effort David Tenant made of bringing the tale to life, I'm afraid that Andrew Motion, for all his literary credentials, simply does not get close.
In itself, it's a nice story, well written and holds the interest but comparison with Treasure Island is constantly and unavoidably in the mind and it is the sense of excitement - the thrill - that just isn't there. I kept thinking it would kick in any minute, but it never really did.
In summary, then, worth a listen but be ready for an entirely different, less visceral experience.

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Not Bad!

An overall good story but a bit slow in places.
David Tennant's narration made it for me.

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Very good

Enjoyable and very descriptive. A very good sequel to Treasure Island. The narrative was very good.

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Not a patch on the original

The original was a simple honest adventure story. This bore no resemblance to the original. The style was totally off, full of flowery language an awkward love story, some dark, grimy parts and a cheap ending (to lead onto another book). Was not impressed as I loved the original and a sequel had so much potential but it failed to deliver and keep me engaged.

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Amazing!!!!

I didn't think they made stories like this anymore. It was a brilliant sequel to Treasure Island. Fantastic performance by David Tennant. Everything I wanted and more, and some really horrible Pirates!!! Highly recommended. 11/10

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Interesting addition

While not quite on the same level as the original treasure island, this is a well written and well narrated story, full of bushy-eyed adventure and excitement, highly recommended

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A worthy sequel to the original

David Tennant's narration is always on point and I was submerged in the story from the off well worth a look

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Great performance but not a gripping story

As with all performances by David Tennant, this one was brilliant too, and a joy to listen to. However, the story was a let-down I'm afraid, I got bored which is the first time this happened when listening to a Tennant audio book. You might like it, of course, but I didn't. Probably because I wasn't a Stevenson fan in the first place, thus I wouldn't be enamoured with Motion's re-imagining.

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Brilliant sequel.

Written in a way that captures the original yet is not in any way dated. The tale ends. But does it?

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Great listen some issues

Brilliant story feel like a copy of the original to begin with but drawers you in through buying into the characters. Leaves some thread un finished and leaves you feeling like there should be more. David Tennants performance and voices are devine