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Some books are considered classics because the story is unique and compelling. Others are praised because of the superlative writing style of the author. A handful of books have both qualities. Treasure Island is one.
This is the quintissential pirate book. Peg legs. A talking parrot perched atop a pirate's shoulder. Swashbuckling adventure on deck and atop the jib. And of course, Long John Silver. It's all here.
This is an astonishing book made even moreso when you consider Stevenson was just 31 years old when he wrote it. Subtle humor, action, sea adventure, double-crosses. And gorgeous prose.
And this particular audio version showcases an outstanding narrator. His various character voices were so distinct that at times I supposed I was listening to a dramatic retelling using various actors.
Buy it. Download it. Relish it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I thought I'd listened to all the recordings of Treasure Island, but somehow I'd missed this one. It was a case of saving one of the best for last. David Buck is a passionate reader and is master of the many voices that fill this masterpiece of swashbuckling. A treat from start to finish.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Treasure Island in three words, what would they be?
Adventure, Treasure and Pirates! (What's not to love about that?)
What did you like best about this story?
I tried out this book some years ago when I was at school and I did not get very far with it, but over the years I think I have developed a love for adventure books.
I just couldn't get enough Treasure Island. I loved hearing the story through Jim's head and thoughts and the characters were so full of life (well, if they weren't dead).
I felt like I was there, shooting at pirates or running through the undergrowth on a desert island. I especially loved Jim's view of things he had never seen before. Seals for example, were giant snail like monsters who barked.
What about David Buck’s performance did you like?
He went from old Jim, to young Jim, to Long John Silver, to Square Trelawney with a seamless ease and never a stumble.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
If I hadn't been working while listening to this I think I would have been biting my nails.
Any additional comments?
Those last few words had such a haunting, echoey feel to them...Marvellous!!
I think I will be going hunting for some more books along the same line as this one over the next few week. :)
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
The narration of this book was fantastic. Each of the characters were brought to life with their personalities accentuated brilliantly. I've now read Treasure Island twice and listened to it once, and could easily listen to this version again.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful