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This was an unexpected treat. I read "Kidnapped" in high school (and have listened to several audiobook versions since), but I never got around to reading the sequel. It is, in some ways, an even more interesting story than its predecessor.
David Balfour here completes the process of growing up that he began in the highlands of Scotland. "Catriona" shows the final unfolding of the events that began with the Appin murder. In the process, David is kidnapped again, finds friends in unexpected places, and falls in love. His alliances are complicated: there are few complete saints or sinners here, and even his greatest benefactors are motivated more than a little by self-interest. In the process, David demonstrates physical courage, but more importantly he also shows great moral courage.
There's also, unexpectedly, some sexual tension. David never labels it as such, and Stevenson is discreet in the best Victorian manner, but at one point in the book it's clear that's what's going on. At that point, David and Catriona are thrown together in close proximity, but it's not just the frustrations of love that drive David into frightening mood swings, complete with slammed doors and paroxysms of guilt.
Frederick Davidson is an acquired taste, as I've said in other reviews. I acquired the taste a few years ago and can listen to him now with pleasure and even affection; but my first reaction to his unusual voice was dismay. So I understand that this audiobook may not be to everyone's taste. But if you liked "Kidnapped," and you enjoy Stevenson, and you want to find out how things turned out for David, Alan, and the rest of the gang, give this one a try.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
It's hard to say what I liked best about this book -- the writing, the story, the narration -- but it was just one of those books that was so enjoyable to listen to sitting in a park by a pond with ducks and geese, that it will always stay in my memory. The story carries one along effortlessly as you get to know the characters and discover their dilemma. A delightful book that will leave you wanting more.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
This narrator can make the most exciting stories as tedious as listening to last year’s weather forecast in Basque (if you aren’t Basque). He can’t even pronounce Catriona properly, so I can’t think he was remotely interested in the story or the listener. One day I’ll find a better version.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is surely the best of Robert Louis Stevenson enjoyable whitty dialogue
1 of 1 people found this review helpful