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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Audiobook Review

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Audiobook ReviewTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Genres: Classical, Classical, Drama, Fiction, Survival Stories
Source: Library

The pirate adventure classic that started a genre. The narrator of the audiobook was difficult to understand, might need to reread this one!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Robert Louis Stevenson’s cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins.
Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship’s crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike”

My Thoughts:

Treasure Island is a timeless classic and I thought I’d enjoy listening to it on audiobook. The story was great and I really enjoyed the quick catapult into the action from the beginning. We follow the story of young Jim Hawkins, the son of innkeepers, who takes in a pirate as a guest. Jim befriends the pirate who tells him to watch out for other pirates that come to town. Jim finds the pirate’s map of Treasure Island and teams up with the noble Dr. Livesey, Captain Smollett and the Squire who journey to Treasure Island in search of the treasure. Pirates attack at every step, trying to steal the map from Jim and on their journey to the Island. Jim meets the infamous pirate Captain Long John Silver, who is difficult to read whether he is friend or foe.

I read this for the  I really enjoyed the pirate story itself but found it very difficult at times to understand the British narrator’s pirate accent. I felt like I lost key points in the action and once I lost focus, it was difficult to regain my attention and catch up on what I missed. I will probably reread the book so that I can see and understand the story better.


Favorite Quotes:

Challenges Satisfied:

Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge, – March keyword “treasure”

The Classics Club

Back to the Classics Challenge – adventure classic and what an adventure it is!

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Have you read or listened to Treasure Island? What did you think? Are there any other pirate stories that you read or recommend? What’s your favorite “adventure classic”? Share your thoughts with me, I’d love to hear from you!




About Robert Louis Stevenson

From Barnes & Noble: “Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh. His father was an engineer, the head of a family firm that had constructed most of Scotland’s lighthouses, and the family had a comfortable income. Stevenson was an only child and was often ill; as a result, he was much coddled by both his parents and his long-time nurse. The family took frequent trips to southern Europe to escape the cruel Edinburgh winters, trips that, along with his many illnesses, caused Stevenson to miss much of his formal schooling. He entered Edinburgh University in 1867, intending to become an engineer and enter the family business, but he was a desultory, disengaged student and never took a degree. In 1871, Stevenson switched his study to law, a profession which would leave time for his already-budding literary ambitions, and he managed to pass the bar in 1875.
Illness put an end to his legal career before it had even started, and Stevenson spent the next few years traveling in Europe and writing travel essays and literary criticism. In 1876, Stevenson fell in love with Fanny Vandergrift Osbourne, a married American woman more than ten years his senior, and returned with her to London, where he published his first fiction, “The Suicide Club.” In 1879, Stevenson set sail for America, apparently in response to a telegram from Fanny, who had returned to California in an attempt to reconcile with her husband. Fanny obtained a divorce and the couple married in 1880, eventually returning to Europe, where they lived for the next several years. Stevenson was by this time beset by terrifying lung hemorrhages that would appear without warning and required months of convalescence in a healthy climate. Despite his periodic illnesses and his peripatetic life, Stevenson completed some of his most enduring works during this period: Treasure Island (1883), A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885), Kidnapped (1886), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886).
After his father’s death and a trip to Edinburgh which he knew would be his last, Stevenson set sail once more for America in 1887 with his wife, mother, and stepson. In 1888, after spending a frigid winter in the Adirondack Mountains, Stevenson chartered a yacht and set sail from California bound for the South Pacific. The Stevensons spent time in Tahiti, Hawaii, Micronesia, and Australia, before settling in Samoa, where Stevenson bought a plantation called Vailima. Though he kept up a vigorous publishing schedule, Stevenson never returned to Europe. He died of a sudden brain hemorrhage on December 3, 1894.
Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

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  1. This is one of my DId Not Finish books! I tried to read it a few years ago but didn’t quite make it. Maybe it’s time to try it again.

    1. Well hope you give it another try. Any favorite classics you have to recommend? Thanks for stopping by Olduvai.

  2. I loved this book when I was a kid. To me, it’s the ultimate pirate book. And I compare most pirate books I read these days to my glowing feelings about Treasure Island. Usually they don’t stand up to par. I wonder what I would think if I reread the book now? 🙂

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