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Treasure Island

Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson,Marty Ross - adaptation
Narrated by: Philip Glenister,Daniel Mays,Catherine Tate,Owen Teale
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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.

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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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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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An OK adaptation of a GREAT story .

I recognize that merely reading a text does not make a drama especially when so much of the original is 3rd person but not only did a lot of the invented conversation seem awkward and out of period or character but there were small changes to the story and characters attitudes that struck me as either unnecessary or else contrary to my reading of the original. Still not a bad job and a good incentive to read again or listen to the original story by RLS.

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Not Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

The audio drama takes more than a few liberties with the story. Character’s actions and motivations are changed and whole scenes are added. It even gets a bit preachy in places and inserts a message not present in the original book.

The quality of the performances is excellent but it is misleading to say this is Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

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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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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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A Treasure of a Tale

Having listened to the original novel of Treasure Island, when I discovered that Audible recently published a full length dramatization of the tale, I was immediately interested. Despite its age Treasure Island spoke to me; it had a spirit of adventure to it, while also having a something to say about the dangers of treasure and what it does to you when you're always seeking after it. It was an enjoyable story; so then, how does the dramatization measure up?

-First off, it's well cast all around; Jim and Long John Silver in particular were well done. I wasn't sure about the casting of Silver at first, but his reading grew on me after a while: you can really buy how such a man can come across to different people underestimated, overestimated, liked, feared, believable and seemingly honest as well as deceptive and two-faced, all within the course of a story. Such a role is hard to capture and do well, but it IS done well here.

-Moreover, the length feels just right; they capture the plot of the original story almost tic for tac, with pretty much every scene and piece of dialogue- if sometimes paraphrased- making its way in here. Yet nothing feels drawn out, or like it shouldn't be there; the story is well paced, well told, and as engaging as ever here. Perhaps more so, given how unlike the audiobook, each character has their own voice.

-The only minor detractor for this version of Treasure Island is that there ARE a couple of changes done here and there to improve the flow of the story. That's all well and good, but to be honest, I didn't like the ending as much: without spoiling anything, the ending landed on more of a sombre, darker not then in the original, and I'm not sure it was an improvement. Nonetheless it was still fitting for the story, and didn't detract too much for my enjoyment of the story all in all.

In conclusion, if you've read Treasure Island before? Pick this up. If you've LISTENED to it before in audiobook format? Pick this up? Never read OR listened to it, period? Pick this up. This drama is something I can heartily recommend to everyone: it may not become a new favorite for you, but I'd be surprised if you didn't find something to enjoy in the thing. And then again, I wouldn't be surprise if it DID become a new favorite story of yours by the end of it.

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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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Audioplay vs. Audiobook

I prefer audiobooks with a narrator rather than this version that is more like an audioplay. I found the background sound effects and voices distracting. Character voice acting was good though.

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  • 2023-09-17

Great Classic story

I enjoyed this classic story. Great narration for all the characters. Definitely worth a listen

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • chris martin
  • 2017-12-02

Not exactly what I was expecting

Without previewing this I bought this thinking that I would have the words read verbatim, however it was and interpreted performance which is OK but left out a lot of detail and that what I was looking for.

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  • Gillian
  • 2018-03-28

Let Adventure Get In Your Blood!

Please forgive me: I gave a pass on all things Robert Louis Stevenson when I was younger, thinking all his books were good for boys only. And now, when I'm 50+, I decided to give 'im a try and almost got the Alfred Molina version here on Audible. But I'm actually kinda into grand performances so I got this full cast production instead.
And boy am I glad I did! Pirates! The high seas! Treasure! All done so well, it was a blast!
One thing, though. As I never read RLS before, I can't say whether or not the ending was changed, as one reviewer noted. I can only say that the ending here was fun and quite satisfying: it left you feeling that adventure truly got into the lucky (he HAD to have had quite some luck!) Jim's blood, and the end was only the beginning.
Fun for the family, fun for the lone grown-up.
What fun all around!

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  • TikiQ
  • 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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  • Susana Sanchez
  • 2022-08-24

Misleading: NOT the Audiobook

merely contains dramatizations of extracts from the book. impossible to locate specific events as it is just 6 hours with no dividers. the book read by three or four different actors would have sufficed. this feels like a Netflix adaptation of Treasure Island

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