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Treasure Island

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (152 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 Catherine Tate (BAFTA-nominated, 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.

Featuring: Stephen Critchlow, James Doherty, Philip Glenister, Peter Gold, Ed Harrison, David Holt, Gerran Howell, Matthew Jure, Daniel Mays, Gerard McDermott, Paul McEwan, Harry Myers, Greg Page, Richard Reed, Mark Straker, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale and Ben Whitehead.

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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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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Not the real book

I didn’t feel properly notified that this was not the actual book but an oral play. Needed it to be the exact story and not just the dialog.

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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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hauntingly beautiful

well done. The narrative throws into question the ideas of morality and evil as seen through the lens of low stationed men and high stationed ones. by the end it's hard to tell if anyone is free from blemish or sin as all have done wrong in some regard. well worth a listen.

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good book

its a good book, It has a good story, i liked it, it was narrated well.

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To hard to follow in vehicle

It sounded like a movie with the picture blank. I listen to audio books in my vehicle when I’m driving alone. I’m very capable of following a well written story. This is not a novel. This Treasure island, is no novel. It’s a drama. Think of watching your television with the screen blank. You can’t follow it . I do not recommend this to anyone. I returned it .

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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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  • G. Vanlo
  • 2019-09-11

Hard to listen to.

This book was hard to listen to, very loud and annoying. Too many sound effects. Would have been better if the story was just told.

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  • Patrick Henderson Jr
  • 2019-09-11

The actual book is better.

I prefer a reading or a dramatic reading. This version is more of a dramatization.

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  • Jaclyn Little
  • 2019-09-11

Bored from the jump

Struggled to get into the book so I couldn't even finish it. Or really even start it for that matter.

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  • Rachel Heisel
  • 2019-09-07

Hard to Listen to

I wanted to like this story but I couldn't finish listening to it. The reader was too difficult to understand.

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  • Jenne
  • 2019-09-07

Disappointed

I had hoped this was an actual BOOK.... it’s basically Netflix in your earbuds.
Not impressed.
Glad I didn’t pay for it.
But hey! Maybe you all will like it!! :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-10

Not good

it was not very good for my taste. I would not recommend to a friend

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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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  • Wayne
  • 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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