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Publisher's Summary

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny, starring Catherine Tate (BAFTA-nominated, The Catherine Tate Show, The Office, Doctor Who), Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life On Mars), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, Pulse, Last Legion) and Daniel Mays (The Adventures of Tintin, Rogue One, Atonement) amongst others.

Featuring: Stephen Critchlow, James Doherty, Philip Glenister, Peter Gold, Ed Harrison, David Holt, Gerran Howell, Matthew Jure, Daniel Mays, Gerard McDermott, Paul McEwan, Harry Myers, Greg Page, Richard Reed, Mark Straker, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale and Ben Whitehead.

Public Domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Publisher's Summary

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny, starring Catherine Tate (BAFTA-nominated, The Catherine Tate Show, The Office, Doctor Who), Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life On Mars), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, Pulse, Last Legion) and Daniel Mays (The Adventures of Tintin, Rogue One, Atonement) amongst others.

Featuring: Stephen Critchlow, James Doherty, Philip Glenister, Peter Gold, Ed Harrison, David Holt, Gerran Howell, Matthew Jure, Daniel Mays, Gerard McDermott, Paul McEwan, Harry Myers, Greg Page, Richard Reed, Mark Straker, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale and Ben Whitehead.

Public Domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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About the Creator

Robert Louis Stevenson was born November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevenson was sickly as a child, making school attendance difficult. When not being tutored at home, he spent his time reading and writing stories. While at Edinburgh University, he rejected his father’s wish that he become an engineer, declared himself an atheist, began wearing bohemian clothing, and embarked upon a writing career. As a poet and novelist, he achieved fame for stories that have delighted fans for over a century in print, on the stage, and in film. In audio, he is best known for the highly acclaimed and full-cast recordings of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and also for the popularity of Kidnapped, Black Arrow, and South Sea Tales. He died December 3, 1894 in Vailima, Samoa.

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Hard to listen to.

This book was hard to listen to, very loud and annoying. Too many sound effects. Would have been better if the story was just told.

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The actual book is better.

I prefer a reading or a dramatic reading. This version is more of a dramatization.

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Disappointed

I had hoped this was an actual BOOK.... it’s basically Netflix in your earbuds.
Not impressed.
Glad I didn’t pay for it.
But hey! Maybe you all will like it!! :)

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Hard to Listen to

I wanted to like this story but I couldn't finish listening to it. The reader was too difficult to understand.

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Bored from the jump

Struggled to get into the book so I couldn't even finish it. Or really even start it for that matter.

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Not good

it was not very good for my taste. I would not recommend to a friend

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This is not the Treasure Island I remember

I knew going into this that it was not a direct reading of the source material, but it feels divorced from the original content. I normally like audio plays, but this one left me wanting.

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unusable as Audible th appreciate actors efforts

this is recorded like a play with wonderful authentic accents mostly Cockney English. While I would love this in a play, it was not recorded well enough with separate mics to work as an audible. I could not hear enough to make it enjoyable regardless of volume

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I Thought it Would be the Book

This is good for a dramatization, but I had thought I was downloading the actual book. I looked to see if it said it was abridged, but it didn't. I think I the word, "reimagining" was their attempt at indicating that it wasn't the original text, but I took that to mean dramatized. I wish whenever it isn't the original text, they would say so plainly.

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Not a fan of dramatic performances

What ever this was, I am not a fan. I was expecting a reading of the book but I was disappointed by a rewritten drama script based on the book. I stumbled on one of these before and hated it then. Some murder in cork story.

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  • David Brunt
  • 07-24-18

The treasure is here.

Ah, this is a very good adaptation of a classic tale. Owen Teale is a charismatic monster as John Silver, perfect. Catherine Tate brings warmth and humour to the play. Daniel Mays is by turns funny and tragic as Ben Gunn Philip Glanister plays the doctor like a classic matinee hero. And then there is Stephen Critchlow and particularly Gerran Howell holding the whole play together. In short it's not just a starry cast but one that is perfectly matched to the material.

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  • Ailill Martin
  • 08-30-17

A Proper Adventure

The story itself reads like the blueprint for all swashbuckling pirate adventures. The brilliantly original characters are brought to life by equally excellent voice actors accompanied by delicious sound effects of the sea and the strange atmosphere of the mysterious treasure island. I was swept along by the many twists and turns of the plot and the gruff tones of the pirates that are intertwined in them.
This is exactly how dramatisations should be executed.

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  • siobhan brophy
  • 10-01-17

I was enthralled from the get go

Great book, great story and was read beautifully read. As I sat in the dark and listened, I could picture every scene. I was there!
would highly recommend.

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  • Mikey
  • 08-17-17

All - star treasure island

Any additional comments?

Truth be told when I first saw Catherine Tate was included among the star studded narrators chosen for this original dramatised version of one of my all time favourite fiction stories, I was pessimistic to say the least. But boy how wrong I was.

Coming from R.L Stevenson's home place of birth in the seaside town of Dorset, I feel a special affinity with this story. I have got hold of all the different versions of this story possible, so I was intrigued to see how this version, although dramatised, would be any different.

Well I can tell you now I was captivated and highly entertained throughout the entire audiobook. I hate to steal the line that you may find on other reviews for dramatised books, but this really was like being involved in a film which was being played to me inside my head. I am currently looking forward to listening to it again, so much so I have placed other books I am looking forward to listening to on the back-burner.

This was a great time to release this audiobook, this would be even more captivating listening from a beach! Whether you will be listening from a beach or on the bus, in your car, home or the comfort of your bed as you slowly wind down for an evening, I am certain you'll have the same experience.. this was great fun!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-17

Excellent adaption.

Thoroughly enjoyed this version of Treasure Island. Faithful to the book but with enough dramatic licence to keep it original and entertaining and helped even further by a wonderful cast. Superb.

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  • Ricky
  • 09-29-17

enjoy it is a new wine with a vintage taste

as one would expect a amazing cast and a epic tale read by epic character brought to life in a truly classical way
enjoy it is a new wine with a vintage taste

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-23-21

Spoilt by being recorded as a single chapter

It's a great story and a pretty good production. Just a real pity that it is recorded as a single chapter, so that there is no way to navigate through it. Why do you do this Audible????? It would be such a simple matter to remedy.

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  • T. Archibald
  • 09-20-17

very enjoyable

After watching the black sails show on prime video I wanted to read treasure island to continue the story of the show which was a prequel of sorts. Then I found this on audible and it was what I was looking for and the cast with some good names convinced me to buy

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  • AceWholes
  • 12-17-17

The Best Audio Book I've Ever Listened To

A truly brilliant audio book, with a great story, and a exceptional performance by all of the cast. This will definitely be listened to again and again.

Please make more!

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  • Boomshanks
  • 08-26-17

really good

loved it. exciting and a good tale to get into. cant beat it a bit of shwashbuckling

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-19

Can’t go wrong

Great production value and a classic story full of mystery and adventure. Can’t go wrong with this pick.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

It's a crappy adaption

Awful cuts between scenes make it verry jaring to listen to. The scenes are overly simplified, the original book was quite detailed. Simply put, this is just a poor adaption of a classic and I'm glad it was free.

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  • Shaz Ginns
  • 06-03-22

A wonderful classic

It’s easy to see how much the pirate story genre owes to this marvellous story. Brilliantly brought to life and faithfully true to the book. Very talented cast.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

excellent version of a classic tale

I'm in my early 30s and Ive never read treasure island before, when I started this novel. it was hard to focus on because this is an audio drama and not a retelling of the book proper. but I have to say after listening for a few chapters I was hooked. and I'm so glad this is the version of treasure island that I got to enjoy first.. great cast. great story (especially that it's over 120 years old). 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-22

yohoho

Wow, what a tale! A great story and performance. R.L. Stevenson wrote beautifully. I'll be speaking like a pirate all week now.

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  • N. Hill
  • 09-26-21

Very good

This was really entertaining. I was surprised at how dark it is in some places. I think it added to the realism of the pirate adventure - people die, the dangers are real. The story ends on an unexpectedly poignant note that I appreciated. Very glad I read this, and that I read this version. The voice actors are all fantastic.

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  • Mat P
  • 09-13-21

Awesome Audiobook experience

Great performances from the voice actors and brilliant sound production to go along with them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-21

avast ye swabs

this has been my favourite tale since I was given my first copy on my 5th birthday in 1966.
this audio version is outstanding in its performance and has rekindled my interest in listening to a good yarn, thankyou to all the artists involved

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  • gus
  • 12-02-20

very well performed!voices and sounds all excellen

excellent...very well read and voices amd sounds were all really good.done the story great justice

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-20

a classic well retold

this was a great retelling of the classic tale. will no doubt listen to it again.