David Balfour

13 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 127 ratings

Kidnapped Summary

In this spirited and romantic saga, a young heir named David Balfour meets his miserly uncle Ebenezer, who has illegally taken control of the Balfour estate. Ebenezer kidnaps David and plots to have him seized and sold into slavery on a ship to the Carolinas. A couple of days into the voyage, a shipwreck throws David together with David Break, a Scotsman returning from political exile in France, and the two of them journey together. They are witnesses to the murder of Colin Campbell, the "Rio Fox" of Glenure, and suspicion falls on them. What follows is a perilous journey across the Highlands. Kidnapped is a classic of high adventure.
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  • Book 1

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    In this spirited and romantic saga, a young heir named David Balfour meets his miserly uncle Ebenezer, who has illegally taken control of the Balfour estate. Ebenezer kidnaps David and plots to have him seized and sold into slavery on a ship to the Carolinas. A couple of days into the voyage, a shipwreck throws David together with David Break, a Scotsman returning from political exile in France, and the two of them journey together.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

    • By Antony on 29-05-07

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Young David Balfour is the rightful heir but his uncle has other plans. This story recounts Master Balfour's escape on the high seas and his adventures making his way back across Scottish Highlands.

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    When the naive David Balfour sets out on his quest for a long-lost relative, a terrifying chain of events is set in motion. He is plunged into a world of infamy and violence from which there seems no escape - until, that is, he meets the enigmatic and valiant Highlander, Alan Breck....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rather Wonderful

    • By Anonymous User on 05-01-18

    Regular price: £32.59

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped tells the story of a young orphaned 17-year old boy named David living in Scotland during the 18th century. While trying to make his way in the world, David moves in to his uncle's estate, where he soon after finds clues that prove that his father, and thus himself, should have been the rightful heir to the estate, rather than his uncle.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • This recording begins by spoiling the story!

    • By Eva O'Donnell on 12-07-16

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Kieron Elliott
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Spirited, romantic, and full of danger, Kidnapped is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic of high adventure. Beloved by generations, it is the saga of David Balfour, a young heir whose greedy uncle connives to do him out of his inherited fortune and plots to have him seized and sold into slavery. But honor, loyalty, and courage are rewarded.

    Regular price: £23.79

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Set in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, Kidnapped (1886) sustains a gripping narrative. It is told by David Balfour, a young Whig and Lowlander, who is tracked by his miserly uncle, survives attempted murder, kidnap and shipwreck and, in the company of Alan Breck, a Jacobite, escapes through the Highlands.

    Regular price: £10.19

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A fiendish uncle plots to shanghai young David Balfour. Alan Breck, a Highland Jacobite, comes to his rescue and the two escape on a wild flight from the King's forces

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    • Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the year 1751

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    The attempt at murder failed. Risking everything to keep young David Balfour from his just inheritance, his wicked uncle has him kidnapped - comdemning his nephew to seven long years of slavery in the Carolinas. However, on the way, David runs into one of the greatest characters in English Literature: Alan Breck Stuart. These two heroes band together, and before he knows it, David finds himself embroiled in political intrigues that chase him across the wild Scottish Highlands.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic

    • By Anonymous User on 20-06-17

    Regular price: £8.19

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Jim Weiss
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Seventeen-year-old David Balfour's villainous uncle has him kidnapped in order to steal his inheritance. David escapes only to fall into the dangerous company of rebels who are resisting British redcoats in the Scottish highlands.

    Regular price: £19.19

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    After his father dies, David Balfour is told to go to his uncle for his inheritance. But the uncle has no intention of letting the riches go - so he plots to kill Balfour, ultimately arranging for him to be kidnapped as a slave bound for the American colonies. Balfour's future looks bleak - until he witnesses a shipwreck and befriends the lone survivor, a rugged Highlander named Alan Breck Stewart. Together, they plan their rebellion - and the fight back home to claim Balfour's inheritance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly Recommended

    • By Maureen on 17-01-11

    Regular price: £21.69

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: John L. Chatty
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 2
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    Young David Balfour is cheated out of his inheritance by his uncle, who then has him kidnapped and forced into servitude on a sailing ship bound for a long voyage. What follows is one of the most spellbinding stories ever written.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not this version!

    • By Geoffrey on 20-01-10

    Regular price: £12.89

  • Book 2

    • Catriona

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Catriona, first published in 1893, is the sequel to Kidnapped and continues the adventures of David Balfour and his friend Alan Breck. Balfour returns to the city in order to defend Breck against false charges in the Appin murder. In so doing, he becomes a pawn in a game between feuding Scottish clans; he also sets eyes on a young woman whose involvement in the same matter becomes as central to his actions as his desire to vindicate his comrade in arms.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A good story, spoiled by narrator

    • By Mary Carnegie on 07-10-14

    Regular price: £18.39

    • Catriona

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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    In the sequel to Kidnapped, David Balfour's story continues as he becomes further caught up in the political conspiracy of the "Appin Case." He must defend himself and James Stewart of the Appin murder; not an easy task because the Campbells want James Stewart to hang.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Readers different names.

    • By John on 25-08-09

    Regular price: £22.39