Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Unabridged AudioBook CD
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Jim Hawkins is a young boy who lives at his parents’ sleepy seaside inn, the "Admiral Benbow", near Bristol, England, in the 18th century (Stevenson composing "in the year of elegance 17--"), some time following the year 1745. One day, an aged and menacing sea captain called Billy Bones appears and takes a space at the inn. The captain, paying "three or 4 gold pieces" ahead of time, stays for "month after month, thus that all funds had been lengthy exhausted". One day, an equally menacing figure called Black Dog arrives at the Inn seeking Bill. When the 2 pirates meet, Jim overhears them arguing in the parlour, and finally the 2 start fighting. Billy wounds Black Dog, who flees, but instantly afterwards falls to the ground from a stroke. Bill informs Jim that Black Dog was "a bad 'un" and "mind you, it's my sea chest they're after". He mutters incoherently to Jim about a guy called Captain Flint and anything he was provided the day Flint died at Savannah. Jim's dad shortly dies, and the day after his funeral a blind pirate, Pew, appears at the inn where he presents the captain with "The Black Spot", a secret pirate content which in this case provides Bones with an ultimatum to be met by ten o'clock that evening, on pain of death. The captain dies minutes later of the stroke. Hastily, Jim and his mom unlock Billy’s sea chest (to gather payment for his inn tab; Mrs. Hawkins is determined to take neither more nor lower than her due), acquiring income along with a sealed packet inside. Hearing procedures outside, they immediately leave with such income as Mrs. Hawkins has managed to count, and Jim snatches the packet as a make-weight since the count is brief. They hide while Billy’s pursuers ransack the inn interested in "Flint's fist", but are interrupted: Jim and his Mother had informed the neighborhood hamlet of the danger to the inn, and though none of the inhabitants dared come with them, they have transmitted for aid. Soon 4 or five Revenuers arrive, and Pew is broken beneath a horse's hooves as his accomplices flee. Many of the alternative pirates escape in a lugger. Jim realizes that the contents he has snatched within the sea chest need to be useful, so he takes the packet he has found to some neighborhood gentry colleagues, Dr. Livesey and Squire John Trelawney. They find an account book along with a map, which they excitedly know as a map leading to the fabled treasure of Captain Flint. Trelawney instantly begins planning an journey. Naïve in his negotiations to outfit his ship, the Hispaniola, Trelawney is tricked into (unwittingly) hiring 1 of Flint’s previous mates, Long John Silver as a cook, plus numerous of Flint’s aged team. Only the Captain (Smollett), Dr. Livesey and Trelawney's servants -- Hunter, Joyce and Redruth -- are completely trustworthy, but Trelawney has fallen under the charismatic spell of Silver and believes him to become the greater guy. Smollett expresses grave misgivings about the voyage declaring that voyages shopping for treasure mean trouble. Trelawney has 'blabbed' about the purpose of the voyage to everyone except Smollett, who rightly feels aggrieved. In the beginning there is tension between Smollett and Trelawney. The ship sets sail for the treasure island with nothing amiss except the seemingly-accidental reduction of Mr Arrow, Smollett's initial mate, who had no authority over the team and was an alcoholic. Later, nevertheless, Jim overhears Silver’s plans for mutiny while hiding in an apple barrel. Jim informs the captain about Silver and the rest of the rebellious team. Captain Smollett is vindicated in the eyes of the others, very Trelawney, and becomes the leader of the "faithful crew".
Landing at the island, Captain Smollett devises a program to receive nearly all of the mutineers off the ship, permitting them leisure time on shore. Without telling his companions, Jim sneaks into the pirates’ boat and goes ashore with them. Frightened of the pirates, Jim runs off alone into the woodland. From a hiding area, he witnesses Silver’s murder of the sailor (Tom) who refuses to join the pirate. Jim flees deeper into the heart of the island, where he encounters a half-crazed guy called Ben Gunn. Ben had when served in Flint’s team but was marooned alone found on the island 3 years earlier. Meanwhile, after persuading would-be mutineer Abraham Gray to change sides, Smollett and his guys have gone ashore and taken shelter in a stockade that Flint had built years earlier. En route they have suffered the reduction of Redruth during a skirmish. Jim makes his method to the stockade and informs of his encounter with Ben. Silver visits under a white flag of truce and tries a negotiation with all the captain, but Smollett deliberately goads him into a shouting match, understanding a pirate attack is probably sooner or later and that it might too be sooner, while it's expected. The pirates attack the stockade in the hr, and are driven off with severe losses, but the captain is wounded and Joyce and Hunter are killed. Eager to take action, Jim follows another whim and deserts his companions, sneaking off to look for Ben’s handmade coracle hidden in the woods.
After acquiring Ben’s boat, Jim sails out to the anchored ship with all the intention of cutting it adrift, thereby depriving the pirates of the signifies of escape. He cuts the rope, but he realizes his tiny boat has drifted close to the pirates’ camp and worries he is noticed. By chance, the pirates never spot Jim, and he floats around the island until he catches sight of the ship drifting wildly. Struggling aboard, he discovers that watchman Israel Hands has killed the different watchman in a drunken fit and is really injured. Jim takes control of the ship while Hands feigns helplessness, but Hands then attempts to kill him. A fight ensues in which Jim's nimbleness saves him within the wounded pirate, and though Jim is wounded he manages to kill Hands. After grounding the ship, Jim returns to the stockade at evening not realizing it has since been occupied by the pirates. Silver takes Jim hostage, telling the boy that the captain has provided the pirates the treasure map, provisions, and the utilization of the stockade in exchange for their lives. Silver is having trouble managing his guys, who accuse him of treachery. Silver proposes to Jim that they assist each alternative survive by pretending Jim is a hostage. But, the guys present Silver with a black place and inform him that he has been deposed as their commander. In a skilled attempt to gain control of his team, Silver slyly shows them the treasure map to appease them, narrowly saving Jim's lifetime (and Silver's) within the fickle pirates. Silver is unanimously re-elected as captain, to cries of "Silver!" and "Barbecue forever! Barbecue for cap'n!" The upcoming day Silver leads Jim and the last five pirates to the treasure website, but they are surprised to locate it absolutely excavated and the treasure removed except for 2 guineas. The pirates are enraged and willing to kill Silver and Jim when and for all. At that time Dr. Livesey, Ben Gunn, and Abraham Gray appear within the bushes and fire found on the pirate band, killing 2 and scattering 3 others. Silver at this point has switched sides yet again, and because he saved Jim's existence earlier, is accepted warily back to the group.
After spending 3 days carrying the loot from Ben's cave to the ship, the surviving guys make to set sail for house. There is a debate about the fate of the remaining mutineers, who appear found on the shoreline as the ship is setting sail. Despite the 3 pirates’ pleas, they are left marooned found on the island, maybe a kinder fate than returning them house to the gibbet, and much to the glee of Ben Gunn. Silver is authorized to join the voyage to a nearby Spanish American port, where he sneaks off the ship 1 evening with Ben Gunn carrying a tiny part of the treasure and is not heard about again. The voyage house is uneventful. Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey cv their company as routine, despite being thousands of pounds richer. Captain Smollett retires within the sea on his share and lives peacefully in the nation. Abraham Gray smartly chooses to invest his share in building a profession as an honest seaman, and applies himself thus effectively to his trade that he is master and part-owner of the ship of his own by the time Hawkins starts his memoirs. Ben Gunn spends all of his funds within nineteen days and shortly falls back upon begging. But, he is provided a tiny pension along with a lodge to keep by the Squire (precisely the fate he had reported to detest while nevertheless a maroon) and settles into village lifetime, apparently as the regional buffoon but mostly liked. Jim Hawkins can run the "Admiral Benbow" on his own, but suffers in a deeper method from his time found on the island and is haunted by memories. "The bar silver and the arms nevertheless lie, for all that I understand, where Flint buried them ... [but] oxen and wain-ropes wouldn't bring me back to that accursed island; and the worst dreams that ever I have are when I hear the surf flourishing about its coasts or commence upright in bed with all the sharp voice of Captain Flint [Silver's chatting parrot] nevertheless ringing in my ears: 'Pieces of 8! Pieces of 8!'"
About the Author Robert Louis Stevenson
Stevenson was born Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson at 8 Howard Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 13 November 1850, to Thomas Stevenson (1818–1887), a leading lighthouse engineer, and his spouse Margaret, born Margaret Isabella Balfour (1829–1897). Lighthouse shape was the family profession: Thomas's own dad was the distinguished Robert Stevenson, and his maternal grandfather, Thomas Smith, and brothers Alan and David were furthermore among those in the company. On Margaret's side, the family were gentry, tracing their name back to an Alexander Balfour, who held the lands of Inchrye in Fife in the fifteenth century. Her dad, Lewis Balfour (1777–1860), was a minister of the Church of Scotland at nearby Colinton, and Robert Lewis Stevensonspent the better piece of his boyhood vacations in his home. "Now I usually wonder", claims Stevenson, "what I inherited from this aged minister. I should think, indeed, that he was keen on preaching sermons, so am I, though I not heard it maintained that either of us enjoyed to hear them."Both Balfour and his daughter had a "weak chest" and frequently required to remain in warmer climates for their wellness. Robert Lewis Stevensoninherited a tendency to coughs and fevers, exacerbated when the family moved to a wet and chilly apartment at 1 Inverleith Terrace in 1853. The family moved again to the sunnier 17 Heriot Row when Robert Lewis Stevensonwas six, but the tendency to extreme disorder in winter stayed with him until he was eleven. Illness will be a recurrent feature of his adult existence, and left him extraordinarily thin. Contemporary views were that he had tuberculosis, but more recent views are that it was bronchiectasis or sarcoidosis. Stevenson's parents were both devout and severe Presbyterians, but the home wasn't unusually strict. His nurse, Alison Cunningham (termed as Cummy), was more fervently religious. Her Calvinism and folk values were an early source of nightmares for the child; and he showed a precocious concern for religion. But she furthermore cared for him tenderly in disease, reading to him as he lay sick in bed from Bunyan and the Bible, and telling stories of the Covenanters. Robert Lewis Stevensonrecalled this time of disorder in the poem "The Land of Counterpane" in A Child's Garden of Verses (1885) and devoted the book to his nurse.
An just child, strange-looking and eccentric, Robert Lewis Stevensonfound it difficult to suit in when he was transmitted to a nearby school at six, a pattern repeated at eleven, when he went on to the Edinburgh Academy; but he mixed perfectly in lively games with his cousins in summer vacations at the Colinton manse. In any case, his frequent ailments frequently kept him away from his initial school, and he was taught for lengthy stretches by private tutors. He was a late reader, initially understanding at 7 or eight; but even before this he dictated stories to his mom and nurse. Throughout his childhood he was compulsively composing stories. His dad was proud of the interest: he had himself created stories in his spare time until his own dad found them and told him to "give up such nonsense and mind your business". He paid for the printing of Robert's initially publication at sixteen, an account of the covenanters' rebellion, published on its 2 hundredth anniversary, The Pentland Rising: a Page of History, 1666 (1866). In late summer 1873, on a see to a cousin in England, Robert Lewis Stevensonmade 2 unique friendships which were to be of ideal value to him, Sidney Colvin and Fanny (Frances Jane) Sitwell. Sitwell was a girl of thirty 4, with a young son, separated from her spouse. She attracted the devotion of several who met her, including Colvin, who would eventually marry her in 1901. Robert Lewis Stevensonwas another of those drawn to her, and over years they kept up a heated correspondence, in which Stevenson wavered amongst the character of the suitor along with a son (he came to address her as "Madonna"). Colvin became Stevenson's literary adviser, and after his death was the initial editor of his letters. After their initially meeting he had placed Stevenson's initially paid contribution, as essay "Roads" in The Portfolio. He was shortly active in London literary existence, becoming acquainted with most writers of the time, including Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, and Leslie Stephen, the editor of the Cornhill Magazine, who took an interest in Stevenson's function. Stephen therefore would introduce him to a more significant friend: exploring Edinburgh in 1875, he took Robert Lewis Stevensonwith him to see a individual at the Edinburgh Infirmary, William Henley. Henley, an energetic and talkative guy with a wooden leg, became a close friend and casual literary collaborator for years, until in 1888 a quarrel broke up the friendship. He is frequently enjoyed as providing a partial model for the character of Long John Silver in Treasure Island.
In November 1873, Robert Lewis Stevensonhad a bodily collapse and was delivered for his wellness to Menton found on the French Riviera. He returned in greater wellness in April 1874, and settled right down to his research, but he would frequently return to France in the coming years. He prepared lengthy and frequent trips to the neighbourhood of the Forest of Fontainebleau, staying at Barbizon, Grez-sur-Loing and Nemours, becoming a member of the artists' colonies there, and to Paris to see galleries and the theatres.He also produced the journeys described in An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes. Additionally, he wrote 20 or even more articles and essays for numerous publications. Although it appeared to his parents that he was spending his time and being idle, in fact he was consistently studying to perfect his fashion of composing and broaden his knowledge of lifetime, emerging as a guy of letters.
Robert Lewis Stevensonand Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne (1840-1914) met at Grez in September, 1876. Born in Indianapolis, she had married at the age of seventeen and shortly moved with her spouse, Samuel Osbourne, to California. She had 3 youngsters by the wedding, Isobel, the eldest, Lloyd and Hervey (who died in 1875); but rage over infidelities by her spouse led to a amount of separations and in 1875 she had taken her kids to France, where she and Isobel studied art. Although Stevenson returned to Britain after this initial meeting, Fanny apparently stayed in his thoughts, and he wrote an essay "On dropping in love" for the Cornhill Magazine. They met again early in 1877 and became fans. Robert Lewis Stevensonspent much of the following years with her and her youngsters in France. Next, in August 1878, Fanny returned to her house in San Francisco, California. Robert Lewis Stevensonat initially stayed in Europe, creating the strolling trip that would shape the basis for Travels with a Donkey; but in August 1879, he set off to join her, from the information of his neighbors and without notifying his parents. He took 2nd class passage found on the Devonian, in piece to cut costs, and to discover how others travelled and to heighten the adventure of the journey. From New York City he travelled overland by train to California. He later wrote about the experience in The Amateur Emigrant. Although it was advantageous experience for his literature, it broke his wellness, and he was near death when he arrived in Monterey. He was nursed back to wellness by some ranchers there.
By December 1879 he had recovered his wellness enough to continue to San Francisco, where for a number of months he struggled "all alone on forty-five cents a day, and occasionally less, with quantities of difficult function and countless thick thoughts," in an effort to help himself through his writing, but by the finish of the winter his wellness was broken again, and he found himself at death's door. Vandegrift — today divorced and recovered from her own disease — came to Stevenson's bedside and nursed him to healing. "After a while," he wrote, "my spirit got up again in a divine frenzy, and has since kicked and spurred my vile body forward with excellent focus and success." When his dad heard about his condition he cabled him cash to aid him through this period. On the death of his dad in 1887, Robert Lewis Stevensonfelt free to follow the information of his doctor to test a complete change of climate. He began with his mom and family for Colorado; but after landing in New York they decided to invest the winter at Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks. During the intensely cold winter Robert Lewis Stevensonwrote a amount of his right essays, including Pulvis et Umbra, he started The Master of Ballantrae, and lightheartedly planned, for the following summer, a cruise to the southern Pacific Ocean. "The proudest moments of my lifetime," he wrote, "have been passed in the stern-sheets of the boat with that romantic garment over my shoulders."
In June 1888, Robert Lewis Stevensonchartered the yacht Casco and set sail with his family from San Francisco. The vessel "plowed her path of snow across the clear deep, far from all track of commerce, far from any hand of aid." The salt sea air and thrill of adventure for a time restored his health; and for almost 3 years he wandered the eastern and central Pacific, exploring significant island groups, stopping for extended stays at the Hawaiian Islands where he became a superior friend of King David Kalakaua, with whom Robert Lewis Stevensonspent much time. Additionally, Robert Lewis Stevensonbefriended the king's niece Princess Victoria Kaiulani, who was of Scottish history. He additionally invested time at the Gilbert Islands, Tahiti and the Samoan Islands. During this period he completed The Master of Ballantrae, composed 2 ballads based found on the legends of the islanders, and wrote The Bottle Imp. The experience of these years is preserved in his numerous letters and in The South Seas. A 2nd voyage found on the Equator followed in 1889 with Lloyd Osbourne accompanying them.It was equally from this period that one open letter stands as testimony to his activism and indignation at the pettiness of such 'powers that be' as a Presbyterian minister in Honolulu called Rev. Dr. Hyde. During his time in the Hawaiian Islands, Robert Lewis Stevensonhad visited Molokai and the leper colony there, after the demise of Father Damien. When Dr. Hyde wrote a letter to a fellow clergyman talking ill of Father Damien, Robert Lewis Stevensonwrote a scathing open letter of rebuke to Dr. Hyde. Soon afterwards in April 1890 Robert Lewis Stevensonleft Sydney found on the Janet Nicoll and went on his 3rd and final voyage among the South Seas islands.