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  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    B. J. Harrison of The Classic Tales Podcast infallibly reads Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Hear the timeless characters of Billy Bones, Captain Smollett, Ben Gunn, and the duplicitous Long John Silver as you've never heard them before. Find out where so much of our pirate lore comes from - here are the one legged man with the parrot on his shoulder, the pirate's curse, and the treasure map where "X" marks the spot. After outsmarting a band of bloody-minded buccaneers, young Jim Hawkins succeeds in obtaining their treasure map. This map catapults him into a whirlwind of adventure, to a far off place known as Treasure Island, where the legendary Captain Flint buried his treasure,...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    This is the sparkling record of the haphazard six-thousand-mile odyssey that twenty-five-year-old Stevenson made in pursuit of his future wife, Fanny. The two had met and fallen in love during a trip to France, but when Fanny's first husband called her home to California, Stevenson soon followed from Scotland. The sickly Stevenson first made a turbulent Atlantic crossing, like so many nineteenth-century immigrants, as a steerage passenger in a steamer of dubious seaworthiness. After a frenetic stopover in New York City, he embarked on a two-week, three-thousand-mile trip across the continent-the fastest and cheapest way then possible-by emigrant train. Finally arriving in the frontier town...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 different recordings of Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Stevenson. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of April 22nd,...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    A Child's Garden of Verses is a collection of poems for children by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The collection first appeared in 1885 under the title Penny Whistles, but has been reprinted many times, often in illustrated versions. It contains about 65 poems - some quite short - including the cherished classics "The Lamplighter," "The Land of Counterpane," "Bed in Summer," "My Shadow" and "The Swing." (Summary by Wikipedia and Sweet...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    ''Auf', sagte ich zu meiner Maschine, 'lass uns eine Geschichte verfassen, die viele Jahre und Länder umspannt, Land und Meer, Barbarei und Zivilisation'.' Und genau das tat Robert Louis Stevenson. Seine Geschichte um zwei ungleiche Brüder, die einander bis aufs Blut bekämpfen, galt schon zu seinen Lebzeiten als Meisterwerk. Publikum und Kritik waren begeistert von der psychologischen Tiefe der Figuren, den tragischen Verstrickungen und den gruseligen Elementen. Gert Westphal fesselt mit seiner ungekürzten Lesung den Hörer dieses spannenden Abenteuerromans bis zur letzten Minute. Ungekürzte Lesung mit Gert...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    As the summer days wind down, LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 different recordings of A Summer's Afternoon by Benjamin King. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of July 29th,...read more

  • Edgar Allan Poe

    Hear the world's best loved classic tales of horror and suspense, complete with sound effects and music. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    Kidnapped - written three years after Stevensons blockbuster hit Treasure Island - tells the story of David Balfour, a young Scot kidnapped by brigands during the Jacobite Rebellion who teams with master swordsman Alan Breck Stewart to cross battle-torn Scotland and claim his rightful inheritance. Kidnapped was well received and sold well during Stevensons lifetime. There have been about 21 movie and TV versions of the book made, most notably by Disney. A masterpiece.Henry James. One of the classic coming-of-age stories for children and young adults today.School Library...read more

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde grew out of a horrifying nightmare Robert Louis Stevenson had one night in Bournemouth, England in 1886. The Yellow Wallpaper sprang from a catastrophic nervous breakdown Charlotte Perkins Gilman had six years later on the other side of the Atlantic following the birth of her daughter. Now these two haunting, iconic tales are brought together for the first time in this powerful classic audio exploration of madness and the duality of the human soul. Read by Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin, this rich audio experience also includes commentary by Alison Larkin and Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins...read more

  • Edith Wharton

    A Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre production This collection features four spine-tingling horror stories to entice your imagination, including “Bewitched” by Edith Wharton, “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Body Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson, and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. Each story is chillingly enhanced by music and sound effects. Four Classic Horror Stories is best listened to by candlelight at the midnight hour, when the wind howls ‘round the house and ghosts whisper from the dark...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    Young Jim Hawkins lives a quiet life as the son of an innkeeper. This all changes when an ancient sailor takes up lodging at the inn. Jim is both horrified and fascinated by the captain's bloody stories. But when the old man dies without paying his bill, Jim must search the sailor's one possession, a large sea chest, for payment. In doing so, he unknowingly pockets an old map from the chest. But Jim is not the only one interested in the sea chest, and he has to flee when a group of cutthroats shows up to ransack the few possessions of the old sailor. The family doctor recognizes the map as the key to a fortune, which commences a Caribbean treasure hunt. With the pirates only steps behind,...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    A mysterious map, pirates, and pieces of eight! When young Jim Hawkins finds a map to pirates' gold he starts on an adventure that takes him from his English village to a desert island with the murderous Black Dog, half-mad Ben Gunn, and (of course) Long John Silver. Arr Jim lad! R.L. Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Scotland and travelled extensively in California and the south...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    "Olalla" was a "shilling shocker" written for the Christmas season in 1885, just before the publication of Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The nameless protagonist of this Gothic tale, a wounded soldier, goes to the Spanish countryside to recuperate. He finds himself enthralled by the beautiful Olalla, the daughter of his hostess, whose family conceals a terrible secret. (Summary by Elizabeth...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    A classic of travel writing, this book recounts Stevenson's adventures on an extended walk through uplands and mountains in south-western France. Humorous on his own failings as a traveller, and on his travails with Modestine the self-willed donkey, it is also an exploration of peasant life in an area marked by the violence of the wars of religion. This version includes the fragment "A mountain town in France", originally intended as the opening chapter, but often omitted and published as a separate essay. (Summary by Patrick...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    The year is 1745, and Prince Charlie of the defeated royal house of Stuart, has just returned to Scottish soil. A weighty choice faces every Scottish man. Should he stitch a white cockade to his hat and join the fight to restore James, Prince Charlie's father to the British throne? Or should he stay at home and back George II, the reigning King. One Lowland family, the Duries of Durisdeer and Ballantrae, believe they've found a clever way to sidestep the decision. With the toss of a coin, a choice is made that will haunt their lives forever. Critics consider this to be Stevenson's greatest work. For, though there is plenty of adventure, (including midnight duels, pirates and smugglers),...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    A mysterious map, pirates, and pieces of eight! When young Jim Hawkins finds a map to pirates' gold he starts on an adventure that takes him from his English village to a desert island with the murderous Black Dog, half-mad Ben Gunn, and (of course) Long John Silver. Arr Jim lad! R.L. Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Scotland and travelled extensively in California and the south...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    A mysterious map, pirates, and pieces of eight! When young Jim Hawkins finds a map to pirates' gold he starts on an adventure that takes him from his English village to a desert island with the murderous Black Dog, half-mad Ben Gunn, and (of course) Long John Silver. Arr Jim lad! R.L. Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Scotland and travelled extensively in California and the south...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    As a young man, Stevenson wished to be financially independent and began his literary career by writing travelogues. This is his first published work, written at a time when travel for pleasure was still a rarity. He and a friend traveled by canoe through France and Belgium and he relates how they were thrown in jail, mistaken for traveling salesmen and became embroiled in gypsy life. - Summary by Lynne...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    A marvelous depiction of two sides of South Sea Islands' life through three separate tales. One, the experience of the incoming British keen to live free and exploit the innocent; the other the supernatural as perceived by Stevenson working in the lives of the natives. One tale carries the germ of the story of Madame Butterfly, since become a part of Western culture. Another is an extraordinary retelling of a German horror story transposed to a South Sea Island setting. The last is an effort of the pure Stevensonian imagination and there can be nothing better. - Summary by TONY...read more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    Stevenson's classic tale of 18th-century intrigue, conspiracy and piracy has everything an adventure story should have, especially a resourceful young hero in Jim Hawkins. From the moment a drunken sailor arrives to menace the tranquillity of his father's inn, Jim is caught up in a web of plots. By chance rather than design, he finds himself the central figure in an attempt to recover the buried treasure of a pirate named Flint. Long John Silver's villainy and the search for this booty spark off skulduggery, murder and betrayal. 1. An Unwelcome Guest - A drunken sailor - The 'black spot'. A rough-looking sailor, 'Captain' Billy Bones, arrives at the Admiral Benbow, an inn owned by Jim...read more