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Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island

July 24, 2017

30. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)

Read By: Alfred Molina
Length: 7 hours 12 min (304 pages)

Genre: Classic, Action Adventure

Started: 29 June 2016
Finished: 02 July 2016

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? Audible had free downloads of a lot of classics for a while and I nabbed all of them while I could.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 07 September 2012.

Jim sets out in search
of buried treasure, but the
pirates want it too!

Summary: An old sailor named Billy Bones comes to the Admiral Benbow Inn, and dies after telling Jim Hawkins, the innkeeper’s son, that his old crewmates are after the contents of his chest. When Jim opens the chest, he finds a map that supposedly has the location of an island where the notorious pirate Captain Flint buried much of his treasure. A local squire and doctor come up with the plan of buying a ship and going after the treasure, but the crew that they hire for the ship turns out to be former associates of Flint’s, who are seeking the treasure for themselves.

Review: Treasure Island is on the list of classics that I’d never read – which is sort of surprising, because naval adventures and pirates are right up my alley. But then I started watching Black Sails, and talking to a friend who was also watching it, and she told me that it was a prequel to Treasure Island, so I figured I should probably go tick another classic novel off my “to read” list.

I’m sorry I waited so long. Admittedly, if you’d handed me this book as a kid I don’t know that I’d have gotten into it; a lot of classics have fairly dense text that makes my eyes glaze over, and looking at the print version, this seems like one of them. But I listened to it in audio, and thought it was great. The narrator did an excellent job of parsing through the longer and more tangled sentences, and really brought the adventure to life. There were a few things that didn’t entirely work for me, particularly the transition from one part to the next. I found the relatively large shifts in story (in location, in time, or in narrative voice, and sometimes in more than one of those) really distracting, and I didn’t have a good enough handle on all of the character’s names (particularly the more minor characters) to always be able to figure out who was where and who was doing what. But overall, it was a fun story, and it convinced me to seek out more of Stevenson’s books — in audio, though, of course. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Pirates! Secret maps! Talking parrots! Mutiny! Castaways! Skeletons! Buried Treasure! If you like any of those things, it’s probably best to go back to the source, and the good news is this book is pretty easy going (especially in audio) and fun. (Although you do get some spoilers about who lives and who doesn’t in Black Sails. Heh.)

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First Line: Squire Trelawny, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17–, and go back to the time when my father kept the “Admiral Benbow” inn, and the brown old seaman, with the sabre cut, first took up his lodging under our roof.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. buriedinprint permalink
    July 24, 2017 1:49 pm

    This is one that I’ve had on my shelves since I was a young girl and have managed to avoid reading for decades, but I was just looking at it the other night and thinking that it does have rather a summery angle to it (sand, sun, etc!) and maybe I should finally give it a go. It’s less enticing when you’ve already seen the movie/play and know the story, BUT the book is always better, isn’t it (whether in audio or print).

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