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Jungle Book, The

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Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Islandhas enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous book. With it's dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic. --Naomi Gesinger

From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The archetypal sea-faring adventure story is given another rousing and dramatic rendition in this quickly paced abridged entry in Hodder's top-flight Classic Collection series. The critical plot and subplot threads have been beautifully retained, and all the classic lines like "shiver me timbers" have been included. Stalwart English actor Richard Griffiths handles the bulk of the narrative chores flawlessly and is particularly effective in his pacing. He is capably assisted by Gareth Armstrong who, inexplicably, is uncredited on the cassette case. The subtle use of occasional sound effects such as gulls, lapping waves, and cannon and gunshot enhances this superb version of Stevenson's masterpiece. All collections should make room for this fine work.

Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Parents' Choice®
The St. Charles Players enthusiastically perform this rollicking re-telling of the classic tale of adventure on the high seas. The production evokes Long John Silver's pirate ship through compelling sound effects and music, though it contains some violence and may not be suitable for younger children. Recommended for ages 10 and up. A 1999 Parents' Choice® Recommendation. (Parents' Choice®)

From AudioFile
The famous movie portrayals of Long John Silver have led us to expect a particular cadence to the pirate's voice. But shiver me timbers, reader David Case surprises us with a different, but no less effective, variation on the devious and murderous rascal. His Silver and other characterizations are crisply presented in well-paced British intonations. The package offers no sound effects or other elaborations, but the story flies along regardless; this is a very good version of the children's favorite. D.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing."

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Book Description
Discover the classics! Beautifully designed and carefully abridged, Troll Illustrated Classics are the perfect introductions to the world’s best-loved literature.

Card catalog description
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.

From the Publisher
Hodder Headline Audiobooks presents abridged readings of some of the finest in drama, classic literature, popular fiction, poetry, children¹s stories, and religious and inspirational works. Among Hodder Headline¹s outstanding cast of readers and performers are Kenneth Branagh, Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow, Stephen Fry, and Dame Judi Dench. Each set of cassettes is beautifully packaged and shrink-wrapped.

From the Inside Flap
Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike. And as David Cordingly points out in his Introduction, Treasure Island is also the best and most influential of all the stories about pirates.

From the Back Cover
"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing."

About the Author
David Cordingly is the author of Under the Black Flag and Women Sailors and Sailors' Women. He lives in Sussex, England.

From the Trade Paperback edition.



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