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Treasure Island [Kindle Edition]

Robert Louis Stevenson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews)

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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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<DIV><DIV>"There are few novels which grip so thrillingly as those first read in childhood, and for me none which has quite matched the excitement of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island." —P. D. James, author, The Children of Men</DIV></DIV>

<DIV><DIV>"Reading Treasure Island at the age of seven or eight was my real awakening as a reader . . . it is all as frightening and exciting when read for the umpteenth time in middle age as when first discovered in childhood." A. N. Wilson, author, The Lying Tongue</DIV></DIV>

<DIV><DIV>"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson s prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." —Jake Arnott, author, The Long Firm</DIV></DIV> --Jake Arnott, author "The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." --Jake Arnott, author, " The Long Firm"

About the Author

<DIV><DIV>Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - –1894) is the author of Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jake Arnott is the author of Johnny Come Home and ƒƒThe Long Firm trilogy.</DIV></DIV>

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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 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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8 of 8 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classic, worth reading. October 28, 2012
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An old classic book. Good for old and young in developing their vocabulary.
Love getting classics on kindle. Easy and fun to use. Easy for young readers to read. If you haven't read it yet, you should.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Island October 27, 2012
By Chad
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Great Book!! A classic that will always be a fun read! If you have ever wondered where our ideas of pirates, adventure, treasure, and the high seas came from, they reside in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can taste the salt. May 1, 2014
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Brilliant read, I tried to read it as a child. This time I finished it, so glad I did.

Salty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic December 29, 2013
By CalGuy
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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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1 of 1 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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this adventure even more the third time I read it. Stevenson was a super talent.
Published 6 hours ago by A. Y. Stratton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A classic!
Published 21 hours ago by R. B. Borton
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama and Suspense
I would rate Treasure Island 5 stars. It's a good book to read if you are in to suspense. For example, the captain had a lot of matters that he had to hide that he reveals in the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Marsha James
5.0 out of 5 stars I was glued to every page
Awesome and well told, a quick read perfect for any pirate adventurer at heart. Is perfect for young readers aside from some mildly violent passages.
Published 1 day ago by walter maguire
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn
This is a fun, easy read. It's not great literature, but rather a good story that is a pleasant diversion.
Published 1 day ago by chessman
4.0 out of 5 stars An exiting adventure
with action and adventure this is a great book for 4-5th graders and has a very interesting story behind it. It's an adventure you don't want to miss!
Published 2 days ago by Matthew C Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic read
A classic read - very enjoyable.
Published 2 days ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, I'm glad I finally got to read ...
Great book, I'm glad I finally got to read a classic. The language gets a little tough to decipher at times, but it makes you feel like you really understand it when you stop and... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jonathan Forney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, exciting read
I know a lot of people read this during their school days, but I never did. I live at the beach & do most of my reading during the summer months. Read more
Published 2 days ago by christen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Simply speaking I enjoyed reading an old classic.
Published 2 days ago by Ashok Kumar Rudra
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