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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.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
A brilliant narration of a classic boys-own adventure story. Jasper Britton makes the somewhat aged language sing and keeps the excitement going to the very last "pieces of eight". Vivid characterisation, rock-solid accents and great pace.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Treasure Island in three words, what would they be?
Action Adventure excitement
What did you like best about this story?
The story is all go from the start to finish.
Have you listened to any of Jasper Britton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
there are some funny moments in the book
Any additional comments?
Great book, easy to listen to and fun, taking you back to childhood adventures.