Treasure Island

Thoughts by Robt Louis Stevenson, Audible Studios 2017 (orig 1882), 6 hours 23 minutes

Narrated by the Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale.

Challenge:  Back to Classics Challenge (Place, 19th C, Nature or Genre?), Classics Club
Genre: Adventure
Type/Source: Audio / Audible

WHAT’s it ABOUT:  A coming of age tale on the high seas, battling pirates for buried treasure. 

WHAT’s GOOD: Very fast paced, lots of dastardly deeds and swashbuckling. I enjoyed “young Jim”‘s mother who was full of love AND snark. Her only son craves a more adventurous life than running a seaside inn where the clientele is lowlifes and drunks but yay, that’s how they meet The Pirate. Well, the first pirate of many. So First Pirate dies and leaves a map that is discovered by Jim. Second Pirate attempts to steal map and threatens the life of the poor innkeepers but is thwarted. When Jim entrusts ‘gentlemen’ to secure a ship to voyage to the island where said treasure is suspected, we find out that the cook is our Third Pirate who declares mutiny. Jim is often dismissed as too young but then always exceeds expectations in every situation.

 What’s NOT so good:  Oh, it is perfectly fine if you like pirates and swashbuckling. The audio had long pauses between chapters which were a beat too long.

FINAL THOUGHTS:  I missed this in school but I can understand why this is often taught to middle school kids. I am curious why the fast food seafood chain decided to name it Long John Silvers. Took a risk there, donchathink? But maybe not. Well, come to think of it, I don’t even know if they are still in biz. They had a long run, though.

RATING:  Four slices

No pie mentions noted.

 

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13 thoughts on “Treasure Island

  1. One of the pleasures of reading Treasure Island is that now you can watch the tv series Black Sails and you’ll see how it’s leading up to the events of Treasure Island!

      1. I was just heading down to the comments section to recommend this very same show! I love it to pieces, although I should warn you it’s quite violent and the first half of the first season has some of that, like, boobs and rapeyness ethos that shows like Game of Thrones do. But that issue clears up pretty quickly and then it’s just like honestly the best show I’ve ever seen in my life ever.

  2. Definitely mandatory reading this was in school. I can’t remember the story though, yikes! Did I manage to skip reading this one? I have a grand wish to catch up with some of these classics but one just never holds my interest long enough.

    1. It’s the competition of SO MANY BOOKS! I downloaded the audiobook because I thought it would be a good filler; sometimes that is the trick to getting them finally checked off.

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