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Kidnapped (Junior Classics) [Abridged, Audiobook, Classical] [Audio CD]

Robert Louis Stevenson , Berlioz Hector , Ciurlionis , John Sessions
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9 April 2000 Junior Classics
When the naive David Balfour sets out on his quest for a long lost relative, a terrifying chain of events is set in motion. He is plunged into a world of infamy and violence from which there seems no escape.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; abridged edition edition (9 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626341173
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626341179
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It stands as one of Robert Louis Stevenson's most compelling works - it was one of the author's favourites, and his affection for his central characters is unmistakable - and is a novel you want to press on people, knowing they'll love it" (Ian Rankin Guardian)

"Generations of readers have been enthralled by his tale of the gauche young David, orphaned at 17, who is plunged into a life of danger and excitement... His rescue by the daredevil Jacobite Alan Breck Stewart, their bloody battle with the crew of the Covenant and shipwreck on rocks off the west coast isle of Earraid are among the most exciting scenes penned by a Scots author" (Daily Mail)

"Anyone who has read Kidnapped knows that Robert Louis Stevenson was a marvellously powerful storyteller as well as a great stylist" (Daily Telegraph)

"It's a pacy, twisting story that appeals to all ages and across classes and cultures. It's a tale of friendship in adversity, and a coming-of-age story" (Ian Rankin Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'As a writer of the English language there has been no one to touch Stevenson in a hundred years...as a story-teller he is unsurpassed' George MacDonald Fraser --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine historical fiction 24 April 2001
Format:Paperback
The troubled Stevenson, creator of Jekyll and Hyde and 'Treasure Island', turned to his love of Scottish history for 'Kidnapped', the tale of Davie Balfour, a lowland Whig sold into slavery by a miscreant uncle and then, after a shipwreck, a companion of Jacobite highlander Alen Breck in a desperate escape through the mountains of Scotland with English troops in pursuit. An essentially simple tale told with wit and style, and a highly accessible classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Tale 11 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reading this I was struck by how much history is included. The book gives a very vivid picture of life in the Highlands after the defeat of the Scots at Culloden; its almost as if the story was a pretext for a history lesson. The action proceeds at quite a leisurely pace. After David is kidnapped, he spends quite a while on the boat, then on an island, and it is almost half way through the book before his travels through Scotland with Alan Breck begin. The style is good however and the narrative keeps its grip. The worst feature of the book is its ending which famously is very abrupt and inconclusive.
I read it as an adult, never having got round to it as a boy. I enjoyed it well enough, but I am not sure if I would have liked it so much as a boy because of the leisurely pace and the amount of historical detail. Treasure Island is more suited to younger readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can almost smell the soggy peat 11 Mar 2008
By ossian
Format:Paperback
As a writer, Stevenson knows his stuff. The charcterisation of David and Alan, the two main characters, is excellent and the plot is driven forward by being in the form of a journey for survival in the Scottish wilderness. The Highlands and Islands are depicted realistically in the book and it is historically accurate (Unlike that flim with Mel Gibson in it).
When I first picked up this book I was expecting a historical action-adveture story. In fact, this novel has character driven plot and the main source of conflict is the way that David's conservative, lowland views clash with the personality of Alan, a jacobite. However, this does not put you off reading the book as this is handled very well.
Off course, the book still has action in it, as David has to cope with such dangers as kidnapping, an evil uncle who tries to kill him and torrential Highland downpours.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The archetypical adventure story 29 Jan 2010
By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It's been years since I first read this book (in Dutch at the time, I guess I must have been 13 or 14) but I still held fond memories about David Balfour's adventures in the Scottish highlands, so when I saw it published as one of Penguin's Popular Classics I bought it immediately, anxious to find out if it would prove as captivating after all these years and in English. I needn't have worried! From the very first sentence I was once again drawn into the story of David Balfour, his miserly uncle Ebenezer, and the highland 'gentleman' Alan Breck. Reading this late into the night, I felt 13 again, and as ready as then to sympathize with 'Davie' and always eager to find out what happened next (and having finished it plunged straight into 'Treasure Island' for good measure). It proved - as well it might - even better in English with the delightful Scottish words and phrases Stevenson uses in the dialogues.

One of the first but surely still one of the very best adventures stories, splendid entertainment whatever your age. I'll say nae maer!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition Choice is crucial! 25 Aug 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are a lot of Kindle versions of `Kidnapped' available on Amazon. Lots of them are terrible. A few are good. Unfortunately, the reviews given often apply to them all, and so finding out which one is best is difficult - near impossible. And so I make this review. Well -- and I have a version out there myself.

Every Kindle ebook has a unique ASIN assigned - it's in the Product Details section, labelled ASIN. This review comments on each version I've found, identified by ASIN and publisher. To find the book in the Kindle store, just search using the ASIN.

First, the ones that have good quality text and formatting.

Penguin: B002XHNM58
An excellent version with a foreword and an introduction, various notes on the text and a glossary. The notes are hyperlinked, but the glossary is just a section at the end of the book. The formatting is good, including smart quotes, dash, italics and smallcaps. The table of contents link is in the menu and is hyperlinked text. There is a fair amount of extra info about the book and author, and maps are included. Oddly, on first opening the book, it it opens to the Introduction, not the foreword (which is earlier) or the first chapter.
The text is essentially that of the first edition, "sixteen and east" (see below), with a few sentence fragments that were removed fro later versions. I only found a handful of typos.
(Only available in the UK) 1.89

Puffin: B002RI94SC
A good version. Slightly different (poorer) text than the Penguin edition, but also from the 1893 edition. The introduction is obviously intended for young readers. (Unsurprising, given that it's a Puffin book.). The glossary entries are hyperlinked, as are the original footnotes.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
In Stevenson's third novel, David Balfour, a sixteen year old orphaned boy, travels to meet his uncle in Queensferry. His welcome is not what he expected though, and after narrowly avoiding being murdered he is kidnapped aboard a ship bound for Carolina, and his adventures begin.
Set against the aftermath of the Jacobite Rebelion, this novel does give an interesting insight into Highland life at the time, however it also provides a test of both the reader's geography (to keep up with David's travels) and history. Armed with this knowledge the book is no doubt an excellent portrait of the times, however without it you can still enjoy a good tale of adventure and misfortune, and it is still a book to be enjoyed.
A tip though: try to avoid reading the chapter names in the Contents, it ruines the story somewhat!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy this. The story is pedestrian enough
I did enjoy this. The story is pedestrian enough, but the way it is written and the evocation of Scots is joyous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Story
This was a re-read for a Book Group suggestion. It was lovely to come across a story I remembered from childhood. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sheila
3.0 out of 5 stars A good trepanning
A bit better in synopsis than to read in full. The lead up to the shipwreck was interesting as David tries to find his feet in 18th Century Edinburgh armed only with a shilling, a... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Officer Dibble
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I chose 4 stars because it is really good. but sometimes I misunderstood it. I liked the part where David meets Alan, and dislike the part where Ebenezer tries to murder him. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars s***
Good book I didn't actually read it as it is the worst book in the world so I admit that lied at the start of this text
Published 1 month ago by miss
4.0 out of 5 stars It' a Classic !
Not as engrossing as Treasure Island but worth reading as much for the author's insight to Clan rivalry and his observation of human nature under pressure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wordy
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