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Treasure Island [Kindle Edition]

Robert Louis Stevenson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (790 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.

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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18 of 19 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Much has been remarked in many of these critiques about the outdated language Stevenson used.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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11 of 13 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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4 of 4 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 Muscular fiction at its best! October 23, 2013
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When a foul-tempered old sailor, takes up residence at his parents’ inn, young Jim Hawkins little realizes that the man is on the run. But, when the Captain dies with a group of pirates closing in, Jim ends up with a map to a huge pirate treasure in his hands. Now, together with Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, the three find themselves a ship, and set out to find this marvelous treasure island. But there’s dirty work afoot, and it will take all of Jim pluck and daring if he is going to win through to the treasure...or even just to stay alive!

Well, I have seen a number of movies based on this true classic of Western literature, but I have finally read the original story. As for me, I found it to be quite entertaining – filled with lots of danger and daring-do. I have read a lot of late 19th/early 20th century boy’s book, and this one is the king of the genre. No yucky romance, indeed, little in the way of females at all. It’s muscular fiction, of the sort that boys have read for many generations.

I must say that I really liked Mr. Stevenson’s portrayal of the pirate life – trying to maintain order and discipline amongst a violent and highly-individualized crew, and so forth. I found the book to be very realistic, and all the more entertaining for that.

This is a great book, one that has stood the test of time and truly deserves to be called a classic. I highly recommend this book to all boys, and all men who are boys at heart! (And, to all girls who like muscular fiction!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I finally read this one August 3, 2014
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An old sailor called Billy Bones finds his way to the Admiral Benbow Inn. He warns the innkeepers son, Jim Hawkins, to keep an eye out for other sailors that might be after him. Finally, drunk with too much rum, he tells Jim that the other sailors are after his treasure chest. Billy has a stroke at the Inn and dies. Jim and his mother decide to open the chest to take the money rightfully owed them, and not a penny more. In the chest, they find a map telling of where true treasure lies.

When sailors turn up looking for Billy, Jim and his mother flee, fearing for their own lives. They tell Dr. Livesey of their story and finding the map. Soon, a sea adventure is planned. Jim is to sail with the Dr. and a crew being assembled to find Treasure Island and the treasure long ago buried there. With Long John Silver aboard the ship as the cook, and many of his own men, mayhem and treachery soon abound.

Not exactly what I was expecting with this book. I was thinking there'd be more swashbuckling adventure and more searching for treasure. Both were in the story, but just not as fleshed out as I was hoping for. It was a bit more tame and subdued. I can see though how this story has fed into many of the pirate stories of today. Glad I finally read this one.

Very appropriate book to read for the Reading Rummy Challenge! An oft used quote from the book:
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!"
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars All the ingredients, but this book does not work for me
Treasure, adventure, suspense, deceit, a charismatic bad guy, good guys on the run, history coming to life, threats everywhere, games of deadly hide-and-seek -- this book has... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mec
1.0 out of 5 stars Just boring
This book was boring because of its lack of excitement. It was just a boring book it's a good book for just a lazy book to read but a book report it would suck cause that's what I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tim A.
1.0 out of 5 stars Paper publication awkwardly produced
I bought this edition as a gift for my nephew, but I will be returning it. The size of the book itself is a bit awkward-- larger than a typical paperback novel. Read more
Published 5 days ago by SAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The are nice
Published 5 days ago by joel
5.0 out of 5 stars 5
It had a lot of adventure but in could use more action also it was fun and it was cool
Published 7 days ago by Olivia Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifteen men on a dead man's chest....
I had never read Treasure Island before and discovered an enjoyable experience. Stevenson relates an adventure containing suspense, fear, and deceit. Read more
Published 7 days ago by William C. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT! You should listen to the book, so good!
Published 9 days ago by Raimnel
4.0 out of 5 stars I remember my parents reading me Treasure Island form a beautifully...
There's a reason some books become classics. I remember my parents reading me Treasure Island form a beautifully illustrated book we had, but after 55, I had forgotten most of the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Lee Joslyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is Treasure Island, What more can I say?
Published 12 days ago by Robert Broene
5.0 out of 5 stars A swell casual read. There isn't a whole lot ...
A swell casual read. There isn't a whole lot of story here but it is told with candor and insight.
Published 13 days ago by moloko
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