audiobook: 5.8 hours
*** About the Book ***
For those unfamiliar with the story: Jim Hawkins, the son of an innkeeper, comes into possession of a treasure map when an old pirate dies in the inn. Being fatherless, Jim trusts his map to the local doctor who decides to provision a ship to find the treasure. The cook hired for the journey turns out to be a famous pirate, Long John Silver, and he plans a mutiny in order to get the treasure for himself. Jim overhears Silver's plotting and helps the few loyal crew members to escape. And I can't tell you more because that would ruin the adventure.
*** Why I Listened To It ***
This book was a favorite of mine when I was in middle school. I didn't intend to revisit it until I started reading SILVER. Then I realized that I really didn't remember the details of the book and that they might be help me appreciate SILVER if I did remember them. So I downloaded the audiobook from the library and started listening.
*** My Thoughts ***
Wow, I really DIDN'T remember a lot of the details! I've clearly been influenced by The Muppets Treasure Island movie and other adaptations. I forgot that Long John Silver really was a violent pirate at the start of the story, despite his kindness to Jim. I also forgot all about the loyal sailors being trapped in the fort on the island, and Jim finding the marooned Ben Gunn.
Although I did enjoy revisiting this book, I didn't love it quite as much as I did when I was a kid. It DID give me the background I was looking for to help me with SILVER though, and that's all I really wanted.
As a side note, the narrator of this book was Ralph Cosham. He did a good but not great job. I think the book would have been much, MUCH better had the narrator been closer in age to Jim Hawkins - a young teenage narrator would have added a lot to the telling.
*** Your Thoughts ***
Have you read TREASURE ISLAND? Seen the movies? What is your impression of Long John Silver?