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Treasure Island [Hardcover]

Robert Louis Stevenson , Timothy Meis , N.C. Wyeth
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July 1 2003 Scribner Storybook Classics
Jim Hawkins has led an ordinary life as an innkeeper's son until the day he inadvertently discovers a treasure map in a trunk belonging to an old sea captain, and thus, suddenly, his ordinary life turns into the extraordinary adventure of a lifetime. Jim and his companions decide to follow the map to the coast of South America to find their fortune, but their plans run awry when they discover that the ship's crew is comprised primarily of pirates -- out to claim the treasure as their own! If he ever wants to return home, Jim must outsmart Long John Silver and his gang, using all the cunning he can muster to come up with a plan to defeat the pirates, and to find the treasure in this swashbuckling tale that has thrilled readers for more than one hundred years.
Carefully abridged for younger readers, this third addition to the Scribner Storybook Classic line, with striking illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, revitalizes Robert Louis Stevenson's acclaimed tale of adventure, danger, and suspense.

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Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Islandhas enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous book. With it's dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Gr 7 Up-The archetypal sea-faring adventure story is given another rousing and dramatic rendition in this quickly paced abridged entry in Hodder's top-flight Classic Collection series. The critical plot and subplot threads have been beautifully retained, and all the classic lines like "shiver me timbers" have been included. Stalwart English actor Richard Griffiths handles the bulk of the narrative chores flawlessly and is particularly effective in his pacing. He is capably assisted by Gareth Armstrong who, inexplicably, is uncredited on the cassette case. The subtle use of occasional sound effects such as gulls, lapping waves, and cannon and gunshot enhances this superb version of Stevenson's masterpiece. All collections should make room for this fine work.

Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX

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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. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read but for a patient reader! July 4 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tough read since the English is from 1886 but a really cool story. Makes you want to go out and find ye burried treasure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a gift to a youngster Nov. 17 2012
By M. Longazel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I read this classic for book club and although the book club really didn't like it I found it kept my attention and was a nice short read. I thought the dialogue was pretty impressive as compared with what a person would find in modern fiction. Wish I had read it when I was younger since it would have caught more of my imaginations. I wouldn't hesitate to give this to a young reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Treasure June 18 2012
By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER
The free download for Kindle of "Treasure Island" is hardly a feature rich edition of the classic, but it does have the most important part, which is the novel itself. Originally the book was serialized in "Young Folks" between 1881 and 1882, but was then published as a book on May 23rd of 1883. "Treasure Island" is a wonderful adventure for younger readers, and has had an impact on popular culture. The popular stereotype of pirates, and buried treasure marked by an X on a treasure map, all comes from this story.

Most of the story is narrated by Jim Hawkins, the son of the owners of an inn, who becomes involved in a mystery involving sailors and treasure, though there are a few chapters narrated by Doctor Livesey, whom Jim looks to as a trusted magistrate. The adventure takes place at some point in the 18th century, though one cannot determine the exact time frame and regardless it isn't important for the story.

This is a great work for younger readers as it is full of adventure and interesting characters, and a young hero in Jim Hawkins. The best known of the characters, though, is Long John Silver. Hired as a cook for the expedition, it is no surprise that Silver turns out to be much more. Silver has much more complexity and depth than any other character in the story, and that is perhaps the main thing that makes the story as engaging as it is. There is no shortage of film adaptations and TV shows based on this work, and though its story is clearly of a time, the enjoyment of reading it is timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! April 2 2012
By Pierre Gauthier TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who accepts to play along, this classic adventure novel is extremely enjoyable.

Of course, the storyline is both implausible and largely predictable, there is a strange and temporary change in narrator halfway into the novel and there is absolutely no romantic twist to the story (and indeed no significant female character). Still, this novel is never irritating and highly entertaining.

In fact, it is quite amazing to realize how it seems to have set standards for later pirate stories: a map to a hidden treasure, a one legged ruffian with a parrot on his shoulder, lots of rum drinking, etc.

The audio version is very well rendered, with short musical interludes between parts as a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest pirate stories of all time! May 10 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Treasure Island is arguably one of the greatest works of storytelling in the English language. Stevenson created other novels, with greater depth and insight, but the highlight of Treasure Island is the combination of color and poetic prose that distinguishes his tale of piracy and boyhood adventure from the rest of the field of other adventure books. The title alone paints an image of suspense, and salty pirates battling over great riches. Most people tend to view Treasure Island as a story for children, but it can be enjoyed by anyone longing for a rollicking adventure. Like so many stories from the 1800s, each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and once you get used to the language the author's humor shines through.
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Treasure Island is a picture book adaptation of the classic story of adventure, which has been carefully abridged for younger readers. The expressive full-color, museum quality illustrations by the late N. C. Wyeth perfectly complement this great classic by the great nineteenth-century author Robert Louis Stevenson. Treasure Island is very highly recommended for novice readers just about ready to graduate from picture book to reading to more involved and complex stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY BOYS' FANTASY? Aug. 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What is every teens fantasy? It's running away from home to get away from parents and rules and homework etc. and to have an adventure like Jim Hawkins. After seeing the movie, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, for the 3rd or 4th or 5th times teens are going to fantasize more about joining a crew of pirates to have an adventure on the high seas. Only there are no longer pirates like those who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. But teens like me can escape and have adventures by reading pirate books like TREASURE ISLAND and ROBINSON CRUSOE. (The latter is based on a real pirate named Alexander Selkirk who was marooned on an island. Fortunately a ship picked him up in a short time not years later, and he didn't have an encounter with canibals like Robinson Crusoe.) Treasure Island is slow in places, but there's no law saying a reader has to read the slow parts. I just skipped over them and got to the good parts. I've read parts of other true books about pirates. But the modern day one I liked the best was THE DIARY OF A SLAVE GIRL, RUBY JO. No, it is not dorky. It has a good story with good characters (slave children) who watch Blackbeard as he holds their city hostage. In the back of the book you can see real photos of pirates, jolly rogers, and slave stuff. There is also more information about pirates of that time, and they weren't quite like the ones in the movies. I recommend everyone read Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and that new book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
This was a terrific book for kids to read: it has adventure, excitment, and a happy ending from the point of view of the main character.
Published on March 24 2012 by Misusu
4.0 out of 5 stars A staple of classic literature
As soon as you read Treasure Island a world of references, and subtle allusions will open up to you. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2010 by D. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrrr....a fine book, me hearties
RL Stevenson was born in 1850, and died in 1894. "Treasure Island" was first published in 1883, though was originally written for the amusement of Stevenson's stepson, Lloyd... Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2007 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure!
Who doesn't love the story of Treasure Island? I think it's a great book. Some people say it is not very good because of the "ancient" way it is written. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy, matey!
I remember the first time I got a copy of the book "Treasure Island," I was about eight years old. I tried to get people to read it to me, but they always wanted to read something... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Charles Sutherland
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a beautifully written classic that can take you to a different world, or maybe two. Set in the time of pirates, this book takes you on a treasure hunt that is full of... Read more
Published on June 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Tough Read
No doubt Treasure Island is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time, though in my opinion, many readers (especially kids) will have difficulty with the archaic language. Read more
Published on May 14 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars reveiw of a pirate story
Over all I thought the book Treasure Island was somewhat good. I thought at some parts some of it was quite confusing. I do not think it was the writers fault for my confusion. Read more
Published on April 30 2004
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