There is no better way to escape the world than to really go back in time on an adventure like that in the pages of Treasure Island. Pirates, high seas, buried treasure, what more can you want from a book!
It’s amazing how many people never read some of the books that are considered the ‘classics’ of literature. I was among them until I finally made the decision to read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I am not sure why I didn’t get around to reading it before other than perhaps the fact that since it was the type of book they would have assigned to read in school I worried I would not like it.
I am pleased that I got past that opinion and finally bought the audio book to listen to it. It is a tale of pirates and all things nautical. Throughout the book you are teamed up with a young Jim Hawkins. He helps out his parents in a tavern where all the action begins. One day an old sea-captain by the name of Billy Bones comes in who has a checkered past.
Before long there are pirates crawling all over the place hunting down the captain. Billy Bones has a heart attack and in trying to claim something valuable out of his belongings to pay his bar tab, Jim and his mother come across a treasure map.
They get a ship and crew in hopes of finding the treasure and before long the story is sailing along at full speed with a hunt for buried treasure and getting up close and personal to Long John Silver and a group of nasty pirates.
Alfred Molina was a perfect choice for the narrator of this book. He is able to use his voice to create great personality for all the characters and really brings them to life. His accent also makes it feel like you have gone back in time to the time the book was written and really pulls you in.