Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2008
CD ISBN 9789626344927 $34.98 Five CDs
DD ISBN $24.49
Set in the 1700s, Stevenson's tale of high adventure and mutiny is filled with colorful characters that are now considered pirate archetypes. English actor Jasper Britton expertly avoids running aground with pantomime. Instead he provides strong, distinct character voices with a wide range and layers of emotion. Britton's register squawks high in his portrayal of angry Blind Pew, and his mid-range staccato is perfect for haughty Squire Trelawney. His portrayal of Long John Silver is the most compelling. Rather than creating a stereotypical villain, Britton gives the character a rare depth, often convincing us (and young Jim) that he is a good man through a very sincere-sounding delivery. Lads and lasses and scalawags everywhere should "sail ho" and listen to this classic adventure! L.M. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2008]
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