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. When the old man dies without paying his bill, Jim must search the sailor's one possession, a large sea-chest, for payment. He unknowingly pockets an old map from the chest. But Jim is not the only one interested in the sea-chest and has to flee when a group of cut-throats appears to ransack the few possessions of the old sailor.
The family doctor recognizes the map as the key to a fortune. This commences a Caribbean treasure hunt, with the pirates only steps behind! Seventeen set sail, how many will return? This novel launched Stevenson on his long and fascinating writing career, and was the beginning of the pirate genre, with peg-legs, parrots, pieces-of-eight and the original Long John Silver.
Robert Louis Stevenson Jim Hawkins, a young cabin boy battles the pirate Long John Silver for a buried treasure. One of the most frequently dramatized novels of all time. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen carrying parrots on their shoulders.
Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ranks alongside Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula as one of the top horror stories to emerge from the late 19th Century. Film and stage adaptations have never been able to fully relate the agony and conflict that permeates the mind of Dr Jekyll, but the audio version read by Ian Holm adds an extra spine-chilling dimension to the original text by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Robert Louis Stevenson The excitement, adventure, and magical sense of time and place, outraying from the heart of Robert Louis Stevenson's 18th-century pirate tale, is captured in all its glory by actor David Ian Davies in this new One Voice Recordings release. Be swept away by the story of young Jim Hawkins, caught up in his journey to the Caribbean islands upon a ship with a memorable and explosive crew, and led by the cryptic map from a Dead Man's Chest.
Robert Louis Stevenson 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, this is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike. And as David Cordingly points out in his afterward, Treasure Island is also the best and most influential of all pirate stories.
Robert Louis Stevenson Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson tells the story of the lawyer Gabriel John Utterson as he investigates some disturbing incidents involving his old friend, the talented doctor Henry Jekyll, and his mysterious and sinister new companion, Edward Hyde. The lawyer is worried about his friend after he changes his will to include Hyde in case of his death or disappearance. Fearing that the doctor is being blackmailed by the stranger, the lawyer sets out to confront him.
Upon meeting the man, the lawyer is repulsed by his appearance, although he can't quite put his finger on exactly what it is about the man that disturbs him. And when the subject of the newcomer is brought up with the doctor, he refuses to discuss it and begs the lawyer to leave Hyde alone. But when Hyde is seen murdering a highly regarded MP, Utterson begins to fear the worst for his friend. So when the murderer disappears, and the doctor starts to return to his old self, he is relieved that the nightmare may be over. But after the death of Dr. Hastie Lanyon, an old friend of Jekyll and Utterson, it starts to seem as if Hyde has returned. And when a shocking discovery is made in Dr. Jekyll's laboratory, the truth about what he's been up to starts to be uncovered.
The book was first published in 1886 and was a huge success; it has seen dozens of film and stage adaptations over the years and remains one of Stevenson's most popular pieces of work.
Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson & More Feel the breath-taking tingle of suspense. Share the captivating horror of the supernatural in these six complete stories presented by a masterful reader.
Includes: "A Watcher by the Dead" by Ambrose Bierce: A corpse brings death, dereliction, and madness to those who would play with it.
"The Body-Snatchers" by Robert Louis Stevenson: A never-ending demand for bodies for medical dissection delivers nightly horrors.
"Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving: A German student, caught up in the tempestuous times of the French Revolution, is intoxicated by the beauty of a stranger, and pledges himself to her forever.
"Dickon the Devil" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu: Barwyke Hall, isolated and sinister, is haunted by both the living and the dead.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe: The melancholy House of Usher afflicts its owner with a morbid gloom. Justifiably considered one of the best stories of this genre ever written.
"The Open Window" by Saki: A nervous newcomer is overcome by a surprising visit!
The Brothers Grimm, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling & Charles Perrault A wonderful collection of short stories selected for children including "Hansel and Gretel", "Treasure Island", "Sleeping Beauty", and "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi".
Robert Louis Stevenson This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil, and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also creates an antidote that will restore him to his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll. Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self predominates until finally he performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail these alternations of personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations and that he slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he commits suicide.
Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted, evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.
This tale has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Dr. Jekyll’s desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul - and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us.
Robert Louis Stevenson Here are 2 classic thrillers by a master of suspense.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the split nature of man. Dr. Jekyll, a respectable man, transforms into an alter ego named Mr. Hyde who carries out all the wickedness Dr. Jekyll represses. In the body of Mr. Hyde, Jekyll finds freedom from the bonds of social convention but soon finds himself lured deeper into violence, and ultimately murder. The second tale,
Markheim, tells of a robber named Markheim who murders a shopkeeper on Christmas day. Award-winning British narrator Ralph Cosham does justice to these 2 bone-chilling tales.