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Treasure Island [Kindle Edition]

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Book Description

A voyage for buried treasure spells trouble for cabin boy Jim Hawkins, who finds himself in the middle of a mutiny with some of the nastiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas.


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"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing."


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From the Publisher

This book is perfect for AP classes and is often selected for inclusion on the AP exam. The notes, reading pointers, and vocabulary in this addition will also help students at a lower reading level get the most out of these classics.

Product Details

  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612790895
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084AZXKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Boy Ever Really Outgrows Treasure Island September 22, 2013
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Treasure Island was written 130 years ago and it remains one of the great adventure tales of all time. I originally read it when I was about ten years old and, fifty years later, I recently re-read it in the Kindle edition. The fact that the book brings as much pleasure now as it did then is an indication of how good it really is. Stevenson truly hit the ball out of the park with this one.

Much has been remarked in many of these critiques about the outdated language Stevenson used. In that regard, I have to say that the Kindle edition that I downloaded lacks one thing that was included in my old printed edition, which was published by MacMillan way back in 1924. The old edition has a set of notes following the text, explaining a lot of the nautical terms and old-fashioned jargon. It even includes the complete lyrics to "A Bottle of Rum". I never found those notes necessary but they might prove useful to some of the younger readers, to whom such language might be unfamiliar. Personally, I think the language is part of what has given this tale it's lasting appeal. In addition, I don't know whether 18th Century pirates really spoke the way Stevenson has them speak in Treasure Island, but there is no doubt that it is the way they will forever be remembered, "...and ye may lay to that, Matey"!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic! April 29, 2013
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Our family enjoyed this as a read-aloud, by thunder! My 4th and 2nd graders loved it, and you may lay to that! I think you'd also love it, and I'll stake my wig on it. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Kids April 26, 2013
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This is an example of great writing. The style, pace, characters, descriptions, settings, action--all of it. It's great. I read this book in a literature class and really enjoyed it. It is perhaps the best classic I have read besides Tolkien's The Hobbit. Treasure Island manages to stand alone as the go-to book on pirates, sea voyages, and young men seeking adventure. Before anyone decides to read children's or YA literature, they must first read Treasure Island to get an idea of what a good book should contain.
Question: Why haven't they made a modern movie of this? It would be great cinema.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates! September 7, 2014
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Avast me hearties! I just be reading another great swash-buckling pirate tale, Pirates of Financial Freedom (great story and even teaches ye how to make yer own treasure). It be making me want to re-read the classic tale of buccaneers: Treasure Island.

Argghhh! The adventure, treasure maps, marooning, peg-legs, and aye the rum. Hard to get any better than this me lads and lassies. You'll be wantin' to plunder this book even if you only be havin' one eye. Read this pirate book and others too, or we'll make ye walk the plank and send you to Davy Jones locker ye scurvy dog!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure on the High Seas! November 27, 2013
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Oh man, I think I have forgotten everything about this book I read as a child, and my mind is overshadowed by the old movie as well.
As always RSL has a prosaic way of writing, compelling, yet with that stiff Brit wit wound about his characters and story. I think I love this tale more than I did as a kid. Enjoying reading it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Keeper ! December 1, 2013
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it was suspenseful and I enjoyed the characters. It's a book you can reread every few years. One does not realize how much it has contributed to our culture- 16 men on a deadman's chest is a phrase every one knows. Of note, one can compare the pirates to our present day gangs-sociopaths do not change with time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah-May-Zing November 12, 2014
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It starts in the 18th century with a mysterious sea captain who comes to stay at the Hawkins family inn. Trouble follows him in the form of some intimidating old mates of his who show up. Before long, Jim is swept off into a tale of the buried treasure of pirate Captain Flint. The past comes alive with an explosion as Flint's former crew are found to be alive and well...and raring to find the hidden fortune. Jim, the levelheaded doctor, and the impetuous Squire set off to find it first. Only the three of them know of the secret map that will guide them there. Alongside them as a big help in this quest is one-legged sea cook Long John Silver, who seems to know everything about the sea and is always ready to lend a helping hand and a smile.

So the adventure begins. [But things soon go sour. It starts out as just discontent on the ship. But soon more sinister plans are revealed. The worst is finally realized: our trio has made a grave mistake in choosing their crew, and now find themselves surrounded by pirates, Flint's former crew. Ringleader Silver, Flint's right-hand man, holds his men in check, advising them to bide their time until the map can be found and the treasure is theirs.

Soon Jim, Dr. Livesy, Squire, the Captain, and a few faithful crew are on the run for their lives. A stockade provides an uncertain shelter, but attacks by the pirates dwindle their numbers. An old, abandoned, half-crazed sailor is located on the island, but can he be trusted? Making a desperate bid to save them all, Jim comes face to face with a brutal, wily pirate. Things get even worse when he's captured by Silver. The pirates are barely held in check, and want both gold and blood. A showdown comes about, but things end well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic December 29, 2013
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Very enjoyable. Although a bit of a tough read, it's great to see some background to more modern day pirate stories
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read, I really enjoyed reading this book
A surprisingly good read, I really enjoyed reading this book. Any one who enjoys adventure stories will enjoy this book.
Published 2 days ago by Richard Cowart
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, you idiot!
A rollicking good adventure that's still great 132 years after its first release. Treasure Island is full of great characters that you can see echoed in modern stories. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ru Hickson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What a fun classic. Adventure and pirates... what more do you need?
Published 3 days ago by Christopher Ogle
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fun - demonstrating that classics are classic for a reason
Huge fun! It's the origin of so many of the pirate cliches we know today, but they are all still fresh and engaging in the original text. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Narrelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic!
Published 5 days ago by Jonathan G. Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars my kids loved it kept them intrestead til the end of the ...
my kids loved it kept them intrestead til the end of the book and that is hard to fo for my 14 year old he loses intrest fast but keep his intrest all tha way thru
Published 5 days ago by tonya
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Unforgettable childhood classic :)
Published 5 days ago by BALACHANDRAN G.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book for all ages
Great book. Haven't read it since I was a kind and since it was free wanted to read it again. Great adventure of a child looking for pirate gold.
Published 6 days ago by tater
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good
Published 7 days ago by S. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a timeless classic
Published 7 days ago by David E Jones
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