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Publisher's Summary

First conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse his stepson, Treasure Island began with the map. Young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island, and Stevenson, looking over the boy's shoulder, began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island and Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure.

From this gentlest of beginnings has come one of the fiercest and best-loved novels of piracy and fortune in the history of literature. It is Lloyd's lasting legacy that he insisted there be no girls in the story!

It tells the story of Jim Hawkins, who, having acquired a map to the vast treasure of the fabled Captain Flint, sets out with a sponsor, Squire Trelawney, who has been tricked into crewing up his ship with the remaining members of the notorious Flint's band of pirates.

Mutiny, maroonings and treasure follow, with the wonderful character of Long John Silver, not only providing a truly sophisticated analysis of the fact that morality is never simple but also forever fixing peg legs and parrots as the only uniform of the true bucaneer.

Initially sold to a boys' magazine called Young Folks, Treasure Island began Robert Louis Stevenson's phenomenal success as a novelist. The British Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone was reputed to have read until two in the morning in order to finish it. It has a similar grasp today, and we are firmly convinced that Tim West's Silver will be heard growling and chuckling long into the night.

Public Domain (P)2008 Silksoundbooks Limited

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Okay, before I bought this audio book I already had a professional audio book of this book,. I spent a credit in order to hear this wonderful story narrated by Timothy West. Even though I already had another fine narrator of this audio book in my possession I still felt the rendition of Timothy West was worth the credit. I was right. West is superb in his ability to express the different characters in the story and in his ability to correctly bring the correct excitement to the narration. I am very satisfied with my purchase. If you choose to go with this narration I believe you will be also.

What did you like best about this story?

This is an adventure you can read to children or enjoy by yourself. Like the Harry Potter books it transcends age brackets.

Which scene was your favorite?

"Thems that dies will be the lucky ones!" spoken by Long John Silver.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. Who would want to interrupt a great story?

Any additional comments?

Listen to the Timothy West sample. If it rings true for you then buy it.

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Brautifully Narrated

I listened to several excerpts from various readers before choosing this one. I love this book and wanted the characters to be energetically embodied by the reader - the almost joyful duplicity of the murderous rascal Silver, the kind reasonableness of the doctor, the bragging cluelessness of the squire. It's all here and wonderfully done.

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AAAAAHHHHHHH OH MY GOD! SHUT UP!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If he would quit with the lip smacking and lip licking. oh my god. It felt like he was trying to make out with my friggin ears. SHUT UP!!!! AND QUIT TAKING A BREATH EVERY OTHER WORD. OH MY GOD!

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Timothy West’s performance is masterful

As in so many of his Audible performances, Timothy West is masterful in bringing all the colorful characters alive in this adventure of adventure, Treasure Island. West inspires all the vibrant visceral senses. He captures the gravely menacing voice of Long John Silver and Billy Bones, Ben Gunn’s slant of lunacy, the authority of the Captain Smollett and Doctor Livesey, the bombastic aristotic stupidity of Squire Trelawney, and Jim Hawkins’ youth. West makes it immensely enjoyable to listen, and if one wishes to read the book, use West’s Audible as an accompaniment!

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The finest narrator, and I'll lay to that!

The finest telling I've ever heard. Gave me chills ,and no lie. His voices for old Gunn, BBQ, and Israel Hands will stay with me.

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Successfully used in the classroom

I used this in my classroom to supplement our reading of Treasure Island. Listening to this audio book helped my students gain a narrator's voice for their heads and helped them better understand difficult words and slang. It's very nicely done!

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A great story all these years later

A wonderful story that continues to entertain and influence all these years after it was written. High seas adventure, pirates, treasure, all at a great pace, with no wasted chapters. The narration in this offering is GREAT...nice to listen to, enthusiastic, with nuances that help differentiate the characters and make it easy to follow. Recommend!

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Great story and performance.

Treasure Island is such a great book, and the performance by Mr. West is exceptional. Very well done. What's the audiobook equivalent of a page turner? By the powers, whatever it is, this is one of them! And you may lay to that.

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Timothy West the best narrator of Treasure Island

I love Treasure Island; aways have, always will.

I reread it every few years, along with many other RLS stories. I've listened to most recorded versions, too. This one is far and away the best.

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  • 08-13-16

Great Characterisation

Really enjoyed listening to Timothy West's narration. You soon forget that it's just him alone. Pieces of eight!

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  • JenT
  • 06-09-18

Classic performance of a classic tale

Timothy West’s gentle yet clear shifts from character to character bring the story to life without caricature, making it very real and vibrant.

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  • Lou
  • 01-18-18

A real treasure!!!

I truly loved this, from start to finish! Timothy West has to be one of the best narrators on Audible! This is probably the first time in my life I have actually gone all the way through Treasure Island from start to finish, and I can only say I wish I'd done it earlier.

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  • Simon S.
  • 04-12-19

Treasure Island

Ahoy mates. Timothy West does a great job of voicing the book. 💰💰☠️☠️🏝️⚔️Yo ho me hearties,

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  • Buddhasamagama
  • 04-03-18

oh the romance of it all.......wonderful

this was the first adventure book i read as a child and listening tkit Now Is pure joy. Timothy West is just absolutely perfect for the narrator. 😁☠😁

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  • Louise S.
  • 02-06-18

Absolute Classic

What a classic! Loved this tale from start to finish. Wonderfully narrated. Would certainly recommend.

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  • Rob Medway
  • 07-09-17

Oh to be there on the Hispaniola

What did you like most about Treasure Island?

Language that both conveys teh story and locates both the age and the stations of society

What did you like best about this story?

It brought back memories of my childhood when I first encountered the Treasure Island

What does Timothy West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He read in several and authentic sounding voices.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum

Any additional comments?

the author was a genius

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  • mr
  • 01-02-17

Absolutely brilliant.

The story is a classic, wonderful characters, "yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum!"

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  • Dredddog
  • 12-24-16

Brilliant reading of a great classic

What did you like most about Treasure Island?

Timothy West is exceptional in the way he brings to life all the characters of this famous novel and makes it a pleasure to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

Pirates, buried treasure, double crosses, curses, talking parrots and daring-do... what's not to like?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where the pirates pass around the black spot was terrific, with the narrator making each pirate a separate and distinct character.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

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  • Bill M
  • 12-13-16

brilliant narration

Great book. Brilliant narration by Timothy West he really brings the characters to life. I recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-21

yuk

I was so disappointed with this, couldn't last more than 3 chapters, I had no idea what was going on.

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  • L. Darragh
  • 02-21-21

good for pirate pop culture references.

interesting read, I read this book to better understand pirate references like who long john silver is as a character. it was worth the read. well read by Timothy west.

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  • Haidyn
  • 08-30-18

Best Narration

Many versions of this classic out there but this has to be the best.. the accents, the pacing made this a treat. It was a true performance not just a straight reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-17

fantastic

Timothy West is an excellent speaker and it's a great story for the whole class.

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