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Length: 214 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Born in Scotland in 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson studied both engineering and law before embarking on a career as a writer. His most popular works include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses, and he also wrote numerous travel essays from his voyages around the world, particularly the South Pacific. 

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  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1507817584
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084AZXKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robert Guttman on 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Much has been remarked in many of these critiques about the outdated language Stevenson used.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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By maineacgirl on 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 4 people found the following review helpful By Papillonchien on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Wallace on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Althea Donovan on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Bailey on February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great to read to kids who want a little more than picture books. It seemed like my 4.5 year old was looking for a longer story although he loves to read almost anything. Also great for kids to read. Loved the pictures and I thought they did well summarizing for a younger age group.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By starshining4ever on 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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