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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493682857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493682850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

A timeless classic and always fun to return to and read again and again.
TruthPrevail
Time and styles of writing have definitely changed, so it gets slow at times, but I didn't feel like it got uninteresting.
Zachary
I found the book to be very realistic, and all the more entertaining for that.
Kurt A. Johnson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zachary on October 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Overall, I really liked the story. Time and styles of writing have definitely changed, so it gets slow at times, but I didn't feel like it got uninteresting. If anything, I was disappointed that I was on a deadline (college project) and had to read quickly.

The issues I have concern the format of the print version. The book is printed on large paper (like the size you would put in your home printer), and the format suggests it was directly converted from the digital version. The cover is blurry, and the name of the book is not written on the spine, so it is difficult to spot on a shelf. Overall, the glossy oversized pages just didn't feel right for a classic book to me.

This worked well enough since I was a in a hurry, but I think I will purchase a nicer copy in the future. Would recommend the story, but not this edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie W. on August 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SAR on November 22, 2014
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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. The interior seems to be a mere printing of an ebook format and the translation as such comes across sparse and strange as a bound book. It is not aesthetically pleasing. I will be purchasing a different edition as I do not want to hinder my nephew's immersion by giving him a clunky book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TruthPrevail on October 8, 2013
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A timeless classic and always fun to return to and read again and again. I love the use words that are rare in our modern speech.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DC on April 10, 2014
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I should have read the description better. This softcover book is the size of a magazine. Not friendly for a child. Easily bent. This is also written in the original language and my son had a very hard time following it. Decided to put it away til this fall and I will read it to him so I can explain what half the words mean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2014
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I bought this for my grandson because it was my favorite book as a boy. It was horribly edited/abridged. Third paragraph on the first page started with a lower case letter, because the editor is an idjit. I understand wanting to shorten the book, but they did a very poor job.
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A true classic. Mr Stevenson has captured the hearts and minds of boys and girls all over the world for decades.
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