Treasure Island (Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air)

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After finding a treasure map belonging to the notorious pirate Captain Flint, Jim Hawkins, Squire Trelawney, and Doctor Livesey charter a ship and set sail for the Island of Treasure. However, they are unaware that most of the crew they have hired once sailed with Flint, including the man with one leg — Long John Silver — and they mean to take the ship and the treasure for themselves.

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After finding a treasure map belonging to the notorious pirate Captain Flint, Jim Hawkins, Squire Trelawney, and Doctor Livesey charter a ship and set sail for the Island of Treasure. However, they are unaware that most of the crew they have hired once sailed with Flint, including the man with one leg — Long John Silver — and they mean to take the ship and the treasure for themselves.

One of the all-time great adventure stories, TREASURE ISLAND comes to life in digital stereo, a full cast, thousands of sound effects, and an original music score.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455816798
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 2 hrs. 39 min.
  • Sales rank: 689,649
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Louis  Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist. His most popular works include Treasure Island, A Child’s Garden of Verses, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kidnapped.

Biography

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.

Good To Know

It has been said that Stevenson may well be the inventor of the sleeping bag -- he described a large fleece-lined sack he brought along to sleep in on a journey through France in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate cook in Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, is said to be based on the author's friend William Ernest Henley, whom he met when Henley was in Edinburgh for surgery to save his one good leg from tuberculosis.

Stevenson died in 1894 at Vailima,, his home on the South Pacific island of Upolu, Samoa. He was helping his wife make mayonnaise for dinner when he suffered a fatal stroke.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 13, 1850
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      December 3, 1894
    2. Place of Death:
      Vailima, Samoa

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    For adventure lovers

    This is one of my favorite adventure stories, for anybody who enjoys action, adventure, and thrill, they should definitely buy this book. This book was so excellent I had to pass it on to somebody else so they could enjoy it just as well.
    I highly recommend it!

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    AN, ALL TIME, CLASSIC

    Jim, the protagonist, is just a boy, that works at the Admiral Benbox Inn, but he can see that Billy Bones is a nervous man, always alert and watching for stangers arriving at the inn. And he has the right to be nervous, because he possesses a map drawn by Capitan Flint, the most feared pirate to ever roam the high seas. <BR/>Well, Flint died, but there's plenty of men who served with Capitan Flint still alive who feel they deserve a fair share of the treasure. The map, though, ends up with Jim Hawkins. (it's a near thing, read the book to find out how that happens). Jim confides in the local doctor and squire, who work together to acquire a ship, a crew, and provisions to sail for Treasure Island. There is a weak link though, because although Squire Trelawney is well-intentioned, he has a big mouth. By the time the Hispaniola is ready for sea, she is boarded by the old murderous mob who sailed with Flint! <BR/>There's a scene in the book where Jim, hiding in a barrel on deck, discovers that mutiny is planned. The numbers suggest that the pirates are going to take over the ship and make this journey their own, taking all the treasure for themselves. There are nineteen mutineers and seven honest men, including Jim, aboard the ship. <BR/>And now....this book will have you pining to see what happens next. This is a fantastic story of double-crossing and deceit, bravery and cowardice. I don't know how things would have turned out if Jim hadn't been involved. For it is he who finds Ben Gunn, marooned on the island, half-mad with isolation. And it is Jim who single-handedly steals the Hispaniola from under the very noses of the pirates and sails her round the island to a secret beaching place. <BR/>And do you know what happens to Long John Silver, the greatest double-crosser of them all? A true classic my dad read to me when I was young.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    It is rather good.....

    I felt this was a rather good book that seemed to really start the pirate tales that have gone through to the Pirate of the Caribbean movies. I thought that the intro was also good and did explain where Stevenson got his ideas for the book, and much better than the intro for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which I felt gave the ending away too early. I was hoping the book would be a bit more exciting, but there was enough action throughout. I have read better books, but I have also read worse, so that is why I gave this book 4 stars.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

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    Fascinating Read

    The Treasure Island is a fascinating read. It has such original characters that has been reinvented throughout the decades. Anyone who likes sea voyage, pirate stories will love the beginnings of such stories in Stevenson's cleverly portrayed novel.
    The characters are fun and interesting, the plot is actionful there is always another secret to solve in the story.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    Poor choice. I returned it.

    The novel is, of course, a classic adventure story. Unfortunately, this edition is poorly done. Among other flaws, it lacks an illustration of the treasure map, which is critical to the story. Instead of traditional quotation marks, it uses some odd invention that is distracting.

    I took the book to my local B & N store, where the clerk agreed with my negative assessment of this edition and where I quickly found an excellent version of the book. I bought it and gave it to my grandchildren, as was planned. The story's book was actually less expensive, too, so this all ended happily.

    But ditch the edition I ordered online. It is substandard.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Not An Ordinary Treasure Hunt By Mac Treasure Island By Robert

    Not An Ordinary Treasure Hunt
    By Mac
    Treasure Island
    By Robert Louis Stevenson

    304 pgs. $4.45. (Young Adult; ages 13 and up)

    “Reading” is usually something a teenager doesn’t want to hear. But when you read Treasure Island, your mind goes off into to a great land where it is just you and the book. Robert Louis Stevenson created a fiction novel that makes you think. It makes you want to know what is going to happen next. You are more focused on finding the treasure in this book. What starts off a little slow turns into a great adventure on which you will embark with the protagonist named Jim.

    Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish author, wrote “Treasure Island” in 1884. Even though this book has some age on it doesn’t mean it is not good. “Treasure Island” is a classic for many reasons. “Treasure Island” is a book that will take you on an adventure that you will never forget. It starts off with a young boy named Jim. Jim and his parents own a Inn near the ocean. Jim helps out at the “Admiral Bow”. Jim met one “customer” one day that would change his life forever. They called him Captain. Captain was an odd man that created the story.

    The Captain’s personality was spine chilling. They said he was a mean man. He showed it when the book described this, “The old fellow’s fury was awful. He sprang to his feet, drew and opened a sailor’s clasp-knife, and balancing it open on the palm of his hand, threatened to pin the doctor to the wall.”(17). That just got the book started. There was more to come.

    Jim, the protagonist, was a very adventurous kid. He had to grow up fast when he learned he had to embark on a journey with a crew of older men. It took them to Treasure Island. The story got a lot more intense as it went on. It even pushed Long John to the edge. He said, “That’s enough, cap’n,” shouted Long John ,“A word from you’s enough. I know a gentleman, and you may lay to that.” (336). Tension gets high when treasure is put on the line. Long, the captain of the crew, wanted to find that treasure.

    Jim meets tons of people on his journey. He makes friends and enemies. He learns from mistakes. Jim learns that he can put himself apart from others and still accomplish things. As you read this book, you have to remember Jim is not an adult. He is just a really mature kid. The kid shows in him at times when he is a little too curious. He knows he can do what the other crewmembers can. Jim will prove to the people that he is not a little kid anymore.

    Keep reading this wonderful novel to find out what happens next. You will not want to put down the book once you start. This book will keep you guessing. There is something awesome happening in “Treasure Island”. This adventurous book will make you have chills running down your back. This book has you on the edge. This book shows you the build up to adventure, the adventure, and what happens after the adventure. When you start the journey to Treasure Island, you will be in your own world with Jim and his shipmates.

    This book would be a 4 out of 5 stars for me. I like it but I really don’t love pirate adventures. This is still a great read and I recommend it to anyone that loves adventure.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Dj

    Very awesome I love Robert Lious Stevenston

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    It sucked

    Every page was itsown layer of hell

    4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    I hate my wife. I want a divorce immediately.

    I hate this product with a passion.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Dont buy!!!!!!!!!!

    It is the most boring book i have ever read!

    4 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Classic pirate novel

    A must read for anyone interested in pirate literature.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    DONT READ IT!!!

    DONT READ THIS BOOK!! It is horrible and it makes no sense. The pirates talking with their pirate lingo and everything doesnt make sense! I had to read it for school and I had to push myself through the book to finally finish it. So if you are smart, and I hope you are, dont read this book, its a waste of time, spend your time doing something else! DONT READ IT!!!

    3 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Read this

    Do not buy because there is a different book called 25 children books that is $3 and has 25 other stories includeing this title!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Anonymous

    At first it seemed good, but once you getva little farther into the book it gets boring. I am dragging myself through the rest. I have to read it for school:(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Ok book but hard to read

    It is an ok book but it is kind of confusing but all in all it is a good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    This Classic Literature novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is reall

    This Classic Literature novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is really good book has shown the 
    adventure and the action. Stevenson created delightful story of an amazing treasure hunt. As
    this novel takes place way back into the eighteenth century, the adventure started from a young 
    boy named Jim Hawkins having a mysterious treasure map from the most feared pirate to ever
    roam the seas. On this voyage, the author draws attention with rumors of betrayal among
    the crew. Jim discovers that mutiny is planned and is the hero of the pirate tale.
    I will recommend to read this book especially  the people who like action, the pirate adventure,
    and sensation. This has enough action for the reader to keep the interest of what happens to
    Long John Silver, the greatest double-crosser of the pirates in the ship &quot;Hispaniola&quot;. I read this
    book back in middle school and got really fascinated. Now that I read it again, I love this classic
    even more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Hmmm...

    Hmm... this place isn't active.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Alphonzo

    Do not under stand this book. Hate this book.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A good story

    Never fails to get a child interested in reading. My grandson is really enjoy this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

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    A classic. Loved it.

    A classic. Loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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