Treasure Island

  • by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by Jasper Britton
  • 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Treasure Island must be the most enthralling adventure book ever written. As we listen to the voice of Jim Hawkins telling his extraordinary tale, and later that of his companion, Dr. Livesey, we are plunged into a world of pirates, buried treasure, mutiny, and deceit. We meet Billy Bones, Blind Pew, Black Dog, and, of course, the charming buccaneer Long John Silver. The action and adventure never falter, and the spell of this enduring story is sustained until the very last word.


What the Critics Say

"This best-ever adventure story...has the same mesmeric ability to keep you hanging on every word.... It has all that's required of a ripping yarn." (The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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Rousing tale

I never read Treasure Island as a kid but I listened to this after I gave the CDs to my 8-year-old nephew, Jack. What a great story! Fast moving, suspense, it's got a lot going for it. And the narrator is a great story teller with a flexible voice who doesn't get in the way of the story, as some do. He voiced Jim Hawkins youthful, excited, sometimes breathless; just right. And the other voices were rendered so well that one would think that the story had multiple narrators. I highly recommend this version. Jack loved it.
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- Jason

A Savory and Exciting Treasure Island

I read Treasure Island as a kid and loved it and just finished listening to Jasper Britton reading it forty years later and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Britton is a wonderful reader! He reads the main narration by young Jim Hawkins with engaging youthful enthusiasm and the voices of the other characters with great variety, among them Billy Bones' paranoid alcoholic bullying, Doctor Livesey's educated and measured eloquence, Blind Pew's querulous menace and outrage, Squire Trelawney's good-natured aristocratic bluster, Long John Silver's roguish friendliness, shameless guile, and eruptions of murderous rage, Captain Smollett's honest fortitude and command, Ben Gunn's cracked craftiness, and Cap'n Flint's wicked parroting of "Pieces of eight!" I felt as if the book were being read by a full cast, including one parrot who had seen too much of wickedness.

Robert Louis Stevenson's novel is a true boys' adventure classic, filled with vivid and concise descriptions, exotic settings, suspenseful action, perfect surprises, savory conversation, spicy humor, and a philosophical depth lacking in many stories of its genre. Stevenson does not romanticize his "gentlemen of fortune" pirates: they are wasteful, fickle, ignorant, violent, superstitious, and treacherous, and hence very human.

By thunder! Don't be as craven as a weevil in a biscuit: listen to Jasper Britton's reading of Treasure Island.
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- Jefferson "I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2008
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks