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on 8 June 2012
What to say? This edition is a beautiful art work, an excellent buy as long as you have the right readership in mind. Here is the original text, no watered down 'abridged' version but a tale that would be a PG at the cinema, with baddies biting the dust and in some cases the ocean and, sadly, some goodies perishing too. It's an action-packed adventure for boys and tomboys aged ten to ninety, although some girls may dislike the fact that the only women are the feeble Mrs Hawkins and Mrs Silver, notable by her absence. The fact is that the novel reflects the realities of 18th C treasure-hunting when, unless a woman WAS a pirate like Anne Bonney, she was unlikely to be found at sea, sailors having the superstition that a woman on board brought bad luck in the form of storms and high winds.

Stevenson's style is graphic and fast-paced and, although his vocabulary may daunt younger independent readers, all eager adventure-lovers with the patience to consult a dictionary if challenged, and the humility to take on an accurately researched sea-story of the days of sail, will find it gripping. It's best read aloud, remembering that Silver is an educated and utterly unprincipled villain, a 'killing gentleman' as Sir Terry Pratchett would term him. There's nothing funny about him. Captain Smollett is a braver man than you may recall, worthy of our respect, Dr Livsey is a decent man and a patient friend, and Squire Trelawney a brave, generous, gormless clot... As for Ben Gunn, Israel Hands, Blind Pugh and Billy Bones... Open the book and meet Kidd's crew. Pieces of Eight!

It was bought as a gift for a Dad to read to his son and to keep as a family treasure but is also suitable for reading by torch-light under the duvet: warning, it's a weighty tome that may become a strain for small hands.
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on 7 December 2015
Absolutely beautiful book. Padded, hard cover. Lovely illustrations. Quite robust as it's been dropped quite a few times and once from a good height... Will be cherished for years to come I'm sure.
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on 20 July 2017
This is a superb unabridged version clarifying all the abridged versions read years ago.Especially like the brief introduction of life history of the author.The reader is fantastic to extent that it is hard not to listen to all the discs in one seating.
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on 1 September 2017
I got this as a classic freebie. Having been watching TV series 'Black Sails' I was intrigued to learn that it was a prequel to Treasure Island.
sure enough all the characters are there if not in body then in spirit.
I really enjoyed it.
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on 23 April 2015
This book tells the Treasure Island story as originally written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The illustrations are vivid and exciting. I bought the book to read to my 7 year old granddaughter. However the prose of the book, its understanding and appreciation is probably more appropriate for reading/listening with children of 12 years or older. For younger children such as my granddaughter there are many fine adaptations
of the Novel in publication that would be better suited for bedtime reads .
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on 20 June 2017
A truly great classical book with excitement and adventure from start to finish. Well written and clearly the work of a genius in his field.
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on 17 September 2017
The original and best of the pirate genre. Although some of the language and ideas now seem dated it's still a great read. It's influences can still be seen today in many forms.
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on 7 May 2017
Nice free classic book but Alexa is not a very good narrator which makes it so difficult to listen to.
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on 27 March 2015
Both books have lovely clear print and the colour pictures are great.
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on 22 August 2017
have not read it for a long time , and had forgotten how good it is , brilliant story of adventure .
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