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Treasure Island

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny, starring BAFTA-nominated Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, The Office, Doctor Who), Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life On Mars), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, Pulse, Last Legion) and Daniel Mays (The Adventures of Tintin, Rogue One, Atonement), amongst others.

When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold. Soon after setting sail to recover the treasure, Jim realises that he's not the only one intent on discovering the hoard. Suddenly he is thrown into a world of treachery, mutiny, castaways and murder, and at the centre of it all is the charming but sinister Long John Silver, who will stop at nothing to grab his share of the loot.

One of the best-loved adventure stories ever written, Robert Louis Stevenson's 1881 novel introduced us to characters such as the unforgettable Long John Silver, forever associating peg-legged pirates with 'X marks the spot' in our cultural consciousness. Following the success of the double Audie Award-winning Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, Audible Originals UK are excited to announce this reimagination of Stevenson's coming-of-age story that will captivate all of the family.

Public Domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Nope

A classic into one of the worst adaptations possible. If you are looking for treasure island this is not it.

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the different characters in the story being acted

love the story and love that it was acted by different people ending was little disappointing

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thoroughly enjoyable

what a great read and a thoroughly enjoyable narration. i'd recommend this to all. thank you.

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  • D S
  • 2019-10-06

Such a good reading of a classic.

This reading was exceptional. Even my 5 year old was captivated by the story. Thanks

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very happy with it

The voices were great, it was entertaining and funny. I loved every minute of it.

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Dramatization not listener friendly in my car.

Classic story, interesting presentation/dramatization. Sadly, I couldn't decipher the accents or follow the familiar story line in my car. I'll try it fire-side this winter.

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  • Jan
  • 2019-07-09

What a great adventure

I remember reading this book as a child of 9 or 10 and I was quite frightened by times. This listen was so completely enjoyable. It reminds me of the wonderful plays on the radio years ago. The narrators did justice to the magic storytelling of Robert Louis Stevenson. Highly recommended.

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Great version of a beloved classic!

I loved this production of Treasure Island. The full cast and all the sound effects really brought life to this version. 5/5

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A wonderful rendition!

An excellent performance of the classic "boys' adventure." The audio direction builds the environment perfectly and pulls you right in. Well-adapted and well done. Bravo!

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Great dramatization of a classic

A great story in and of itself, with the experience enhanced by the dramatization. The cast really did a fine job with the story without over doing it, the sound effects were top quality but not intrusive, and the experience overall left me feeling like this is an audio book that I will actually listen to again and again - a rarity for me.

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  • Stacy
  • 2019-08-03

I Thought it Would be the Book

This is good for a dramatization, but I had thought I was downloading the actual book. I looked to see if it said it was abridged, but it didn't. I think I the word, "reimagining" was their attempt at indicating that it wasn't the original text, but I took that to mean dramatized. I wish whenever it isn't the original text, they would say so plainly.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 2017-09-12

A reflective adventure

The Audible dramatization of Treasure Island is excellent, with only a few false steps. Owen Teale is great as Silver, with his combination of flattery and ruthlessness. (I would have expected no less of Alliser Thorne.) But that points to one of the false steps here: the cast is named but not the parts they play; I was able to confirm that Teale was Silver only by locating a press release online. That seems a little ungenerous to my way of thinking.

For the record: besides Teale, Philip Glenister is Dr Livesey; Daniel Mays is Ben Gunn; Catherine Tate is Jim's mother. And who among the named cast plays Jim Hawkins, who with his narration has by far the most audio time? No idea. Even Audible'a promotional video doesn't mention him.

Another false step is that there are long gaps of silence between scenes. It's not unusual for an audio play to observe a moment of silence to mark a transition. But here, the gaps between scenes last several seconds; a couple of times I wondered if I'd gone into sleep mode by mistake. These gaps seem tailor-made for some linking music to be added in post-production, but there isn't any. It affects the pace. The gaps seem to slow things down. (There IS music from time to time, usually to set a somber or threatening tone.)

It's a subdued production: a quiet, gritty Treasure Island, one that avoids flashy swashing and buckling in favor of soft and sinister exchanges. And it's a reflective adaptation: with the help of a few lines and a couple of scenes not in the book, it creates a much stronger sense of moral ambiguity than in the book. The Jim Hawkins who returns from the voyage is a very different person than the boy who left, and the difference is bittersweet and satisfying.

In general the production adheres closely to the events of the book — including lots of narration from Jim Hawkins — but it does make some changes. Some scenes are expanded with additional dialogue to good effect (Israel Hands is given a chance to shine, as is Silver's parrot); other changes are apparently made just for the sake of change. Abraham Gray, a brave and honest seaman in the book, is presented here as a sniveling coward.

But despite its subdued tone, and a few changes I found jarring, I found it a compelling listen, one that drew me in by its quiet intensity rather than histrionics. I put that down to the excellence of the cast and the sound design. It's an oddly intimate version of an action-packed adventure.

A version of Treasure Island stands or falls by its Long John Silver and its Jim Hawkins. Both are excellent here: multifaceted and multilayered. And they are given a "necessary scene" at the end that is missing from the book; it's a scene that appears in several film versions of the story, but here it's given straight, without a trace of sentimentality.

The producers have given themselves (and the writer) enough runtime to develop the story much more fully than is usually the case. I enjoyed it a lot, and I recommend it.

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  • MaggieB
  • 2017-11-09

Changed the book

This was exciting and well-acted, and then they changed the end totally unnecessarily. I thoroughly enjoyed this version of my favorite rollicking sea story, but the mysteriously changed the end to make what appeared to be a social commentary. I would have given 5 stars easily if they had left Jim to his riches and hatred of the sea. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • Cindy C
  • 2018-03-30

Very confusing

I found this recording to be very difficult to listen to. The action scenes, the voices were very mixed and jumbled. It was hard to understand what was going on. If I didn’t already know the story I would have been lost.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2019-05-28

Why?

If you are looking for a dumbed-down and over acted version of Robert Louis Stevenson's marvelous British classic, Audible has made it for you. I'd prefer to listen to one of the several straight up narrations of Stevenson's original work available here at Audible. Obviously most reviewers disagree with me.

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  • John
  • 2019-06-10

Fantastic performance but...

I didn’t love the artistic liberties that they took with the story. They took a classic novel/story and made it a bit more of a modern moral treatise (where those who seem evil are actually good in their own way when compared to the bigoted, hypocritical wealthy). A bit cliche.

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  • Savage Doc
  • Dallas, TX
  • 2018-11-27

Remember that it is an Audio Drama & not a reading

Remember that it is an Audio Drama & not a reading. Without the narration, you don't get the descriptions and use of language.

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  • TikiQ
  • San Diego, CA
  • 2019-08-03

didn't care for this version. it was difficult for

me to hear all the "dialog" and some of the sound effects were too loud. didn't finish.

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  • Laura Beth
  • USA
  • 2018-07-27

Modernized classic—a double-edged cutlass

Modernizing a classic can be tricky, and this audible original production captures the spirit of Stevenson’s classic but adds in class and racial tension that’s just not in the original. I have taught Treasure Island many times, so I’m pretty familiar with the text. The acting and editing in this performance is phenomenal. The addition of the racial/class tension is thought provoking, but I don’t think it reflects the author’s intention. Sometimes, it feels forced.
Still, this was thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • James Bryan
  • 2019-08-29

Hard to follow

Love the story line. But it's like listening to a movie. Hard to tell what going on with just grunts and noises... Would prefer a story line with more details.....

6 of 6 people found this review helpful