Treasure Island

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson, Keir Dullea (Read by)
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tfm1066 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very awesome I love Robert Lious Stevenston
Ria Megnin More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone interested in pirate literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an ok book but it is kind of confusing but all in all it is a good book
Cliffnote More than 1 year ago
A classic. Loved it.
xMarix More than 1 year ago
[ Spoilers ahead! Beware!! ] In my opinion, ‘Treasure Island’ is an alright book. I think it deserves at least three stars, yet no more than that. The beginning of the book happened all so sudden and so quickly, and the reader was immediately pulled into a scenario that was confusing. At least, it felt like that to me. Not much was explained, expect for the fact that the protagonist worked with his parents at Admiral Benbow’s inn. You don’t even learn the protagonists name until page twelve! Jim Hawkins was the protagonist of this story. He was an extremely courageous child, around the age of thirteen or fourteen. Despite his young age, he matured so much near the end of the story. For example, instead of fleeing from Long John Silver, and listening to Dr. Livesey’s advice, he never dared to flee and remained brave. Most parts of the book, including the rising action, climax, and falling action, were quite entertaining. For instance, when Jim and the pirates realized that all the treasure had been already taken from the ground, it was extremely shocking. Climaxes in stories are supposed to be the turning point of the story, and hands down, this surely was. Stevenson had taken time in putting detail into the settings, because the ship of Hispaniola was described so well I could picture it in my mind. Most settings, characters, and events were all described like so, and it sort of felt like a movie reel was playing in my head. Yet the reason I’m giving this novel a three star rating is mainly due to the word choice. Yes, I completely understand the fact that this story was written to thoroughly give an example of the eighteenth century. Taking that into consideration, I was completely open to the word choice. But it was just simply too difficult for a student like me, and I ended up having to look up many of the definitions for many words Adding the factor of the slow paced opening, I just don’t really think this book is all that. Most books have some sort of glitter effect to them, making them so captivating. ‘Treasure Island’ never had that shine and sparkle to the pages, for me at least, and I wasn’t captivated too much until near the end. Due to these factors, this is why I am giving ‘Treasure Island’ a three star rating. Personally, I would not recommend this book to students. If, perchance, I was given the chance to recommend this story to an adult, then I absolutely would. I just think that the word choice is going to be too difficult for a child, while an adult might enjoy the story a lot more. Overall, I don’t consider ‘Treasure Island’ to be “all that”. Despite the interesting characters and stunning plot twists, I think there could have been a lot different to the book to make it much more enjoyable for a younger audience.
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I thought this would be a great novel to start reading to my children, however this version is not edited well. Many typos and spacing/layout is quite an issue. Table of Contents is not in a usable format. Spend $.99 and get the headache free version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book and movie thet are great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far so good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is a classic novel that has entertained many, both young and old. The title itself captivates a person looking for adventure. I certainly was captivated; after finishing a different book that had been a bit slow-going, I needed some action. The book served this desired action, and was devoured instantly by its hungry consumer. It leaped from the pages into my mind. When I first picked this book up, I had only seen a Muppets movie based off the book. That’s about all of the background knowledge I had of the book. The book was a definite contrast to the movie. The movie hadn’t really given all the information, and it also added a bunch of scenes that hadn’t been mentioned anywhere in the book. However, I suppose that is the way the movie business goes.  The book itself was very well written. I was greatly impressed by the detailed descriptions of the scenery and the choice vocabulary Stevenson used. I had to open my dictionary multiple times, not because it was wordy, but so that I could extend my knowledge with these new words. Since the book was about pirates, and therefore used a variety of nautical terms portraying the ship and its instruments, I had no idea what things like “ebb,” “bulwarks,” and “coracle” were. Understanding what these words meant really helped the reader comprehend what was happening. The reader was able to follow where the characters were very easily because of the clearly stated setting. The setting, being Treasure Island, was much of what you would imagine an island being: a sandy beach, dense forested areas, and mountains rising in the middle of it all. The characters made the novel all the better. With English men fighting notorious, ruthless pirates the plot was always kept moving fast. d.  This book taught an important lesson of finding who your real friends are, and why it comes in handy to be trustworthy. Out of five stars I’d give this book four. I thought that it was a little too predictable at times. Aside from that, it was a good read; I would encourage others to pick up the book and give it a rea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read anything like this ever in my life #PureAwesomeness
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CCLguy More than 1 year ago
It was a must read for a different generation, and it still holds up pretty well. Somehow I managed not to read it growing up. Don't really know why I decided to read it now, but I'm glad I did. Just about every pirate stereotype we have in our minds, including the iconic peg-leg with a parrot on his shoulder, comes from this. Shiver me timbers! That she blows!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is called history without the boring bits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firstly this is good book just wanted to say. Ok now i need help i hv no books to read anyone know good books for a tween girl? I have red the first book of hunger games and i read all te harry potters i would like ever after high i read some of it. Otherwise im open to all suggestions. Respond to NerdyGal thx ;)
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I think this book is a wonderful and adventrous book that involves piracy and mutiny. It portrays an antagonist and also depicts a protagonist. If you want to read a classic, this is for you. But if you only like modern books, this may seem quite boring and comprises of some difficult language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago