This is my review of the book Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson which I listened to as an audio book recently.
It has some very vivid descriptions of characters, and landscapes, which make it ideal as an audio book, as the mind can help them to come to life. To put it into context the book is set around 18th-century Scottish events, notably the "Appin Murder", which occurred near Ballachulish in 1752 in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising.
The star of the story one --David Balfour, a lad of seventeen and newly orphaned, is directed to go and live with his rich uncle Ebenezer, the master of the estate of Shaws in the lowlands of Scotland near Edinburgh.
Ebenezer, the ultimate scrooge, is shocked to suddenly have his young relative descend on him and tries to rid himself of David with an arranged accident. Getting David to climb an incomplete tower staircase in the dark. - Can't afford candles! Failing that, he pays the captain of a brig to kidnap David and sell him into slavery in Carolina.
A collision in the fog brings onboard the brig a survivor, Alan Breck Stewart, a Jacobite, who is carrying a dangerous amount of gold on his person. David warns him of a plan by the brig’s captain and crew to overpower him and seize the money, and then finds himself fighting alongside Alan. By good fortune, Alan is handy with a sword and they have access to the firearms locker, and the pair defeat the crew. Limping to port, she is holed by rocks, and David finds himself a castaway on the Scottish shore.
There then follows an ambush, murder, a chase and somehow David needs to claim his inheritance, whilst at the same time help Alan to escape to France. Of course there is still Ebenezer to deal with.
Thought it is claimed that at the time it was written as a children’s novel, I am sure it stands up against modern day adult adventure thrillers and that was book 27 week 20 fiction 24 (6 on audio) non fiction 3
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