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0365 | Kidnapped | Robert Louis Stevenson

0365 | Kidnapped | Robert Louis Stevenson

Context: Listened to the librivox.org recording of this while I washed up over many nights.


Another rollicking adventure from the pen of RLS. I’ll be kind of glad not to read much more from this genre if I can help it this year. It’s really not my sort of thing. And although he did apologise for it at the start, no amateur from the US should ever attempt a Scottish accent for an audiobook. Unless someone is paying you to do it, you’re not helping anyone, believe me. Atrocious!

Poor old David Balfour is as naive as he is young. Inheritor to a vast estate controlled by his uncle, he gamely walks up there on his father’s death to become victim of his relative’s greed. Tricked into virtual slavery on a ship bound for the Americas, a series of events unfold which seems him shipwrecked (hmmm… that would make another good story!) on the west coast of Scotland and soon falls in with the wrong sort of crowd. Thus he is left to face the challenge of finding his way back to his home and his inheritance.

If this wasn’t classic 19th century adventure literature, it would be anyone’s guess as to how all this ends. But of course, he manages to encounter all sorts of miracles which resolve the story every so nicely.

And that’s why I’m fed up reading books like this. What is the point of attempting suspense when everything always works out alright for the hero. I’m obviously becoming too cynical in my dotage. But if anyone can recommend me any suspense novels that really do involve the unexpected, I’d be grateful.

So, I’ve read it. So there.


I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house.


This far into the book, some of the plot might be revealed. If you want to see the quote, click show


This might give the game away. If you want to see the last line, click show


0365 | Kidnapped | Stevenson | 59% | Okay

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