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Grade 6 Up-Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson remains one of the classic coming-of-age stories for children and young adults today. After the death of his father, David Balfour sets out to meet his uncle and claim his inheritance. This adventure takes him through the highlands of Scotland where he embarks upon a long journey back from treachery and deceit. The reading by David Rintoul, whose voice is easily recognizable from his roles in several PBS productions such as Pride and Prejudice, translates the written word into an auditory landscape of Scotland. He interprets each character using several voices. As the story progresses, listeners can hear David changing from an uncertain and hesitant youth, to the assured and forthright young man he becomes at the conclusion. Without any special effects, the fight among the crew of the Coventry in the RoundhouseAchairs pushed over, the sounds of the sea hitting against the great shipAbecomes easily visualized. the reader's skill setting the stage and showing the growth of the character is phenomenal. While this is an abridgement, the story flows easily and gives a full picture from beginning to end. This audiobook is a wonderful way to introduce this style of literature to young readers who may feel inhibited by reading the language of Stevenson. Whether read for enjoyment or to enrich the learning experience, this is a must for every serious library collection of the classics.
Tina Hudak, Takoma Park Maryland Library, MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Editor Menikoff insists that Stevenson's novel has been unfairly relegated to young adult fiction. To remedy that, he restored the text to its original form, reinstating deleted passages and Stevenson's original punctuation. The text is buttressed with 19th-century drawings from the book's serializations and an introduction that explains the book's nexus and puts it into its Scottish cultural context. (Classic Returns, LJ 5/15/99)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A lively historical adventure. The characters are complete, and the local color of the dialogue makes it worthwhile. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Ah, the memories of reading this when I was a kid, One of my favorites.Published 1 month ago by Carol A. Weigandt
Orphan David Balfour sets off to find his uncle and his inheritance. His uncle turns out to not be nice and arranges for David to be kidnapped and sold into slavery in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather E. Hejduk
This book was for a project at school. When I first started reading it I wasn't used to the writing style but as I kept reading more and more I got used to it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cynthia Liu
A must read for middle school students. From chapter one to the final good-bye, the reader will be lost in a friendship coveted by many.Published 2 months ago by Charlotte R. Pigg
Generally speaking, this was a very enjoyable read. The reason it is not five stars is for me, Stevenson spends a little too much time helping the reader understand just how... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shane
I enjoy a good sea story, a great adventure of man struggling against a raging ocean. The backdrop of France and England and intrgue makes for an even more exciting saga. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Very Believable.