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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: James Macpherson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN:
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Young orphan and heir David Balfour is victimized by his miserly Uncle Ebenezer, who has him kidnapped and sold into slavery on a ship bound for the Carolinas. But a shipwreck frees David, who then meets David Break, a Scotsman returning from political exile. Together, they witness a murder, and when suspicion falls on them, they undertake a dangerous journey across the Scottish Highlands.

Set in the tumultuous times of the Jacobite rebellion, Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped is a classic adventure story that has enthralled generations. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/17/2014

    " Started listening to this on a long drive. It was a little hard to understand, but it was adventurous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Richardson | 2/1/2014

    " Another classic read as a boy and re-read of late. Great example of early action-adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/24/2014

    " This may not have the derring do of Treasure Island, but I found it to be a compelling story, with vivid characters and descriptions of the highlands. A classic that's worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/8/2014

    " Classic tale of David Balfour's travails. This was a fun listen for a long car ride. Read by a gentleman who could do tremendous Welsh and Irish and English accents. (Frederick Davidson). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 1/7/2014

    " I love Robert Louis Stevenson's easy style of first person writing. I loved this book as a child and I still love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 1/2/2014

    " Loved this book, very adventurous and enthralling the dialect really helped set the scene! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Doerksen | 12/24/2013

    " Kidnapped was a very interesting book to read. Robert Louis Stevenson made his characters almost real. His choice of setting could not have been better. And the adventure that David and Alan went on was interesting and thrilling to read about. The way Robert Louis Stevenson writes also makes the plot easy to follow. Overall Kidnapped is an excellent book to read if you like adventure in the wilderness, and a happy end for the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xopowo | 12/19/2013

    " I was surprised by the large number of Scottish words, which slowed down comprehension and had me constantly flipping to the end notes for the translation. Thus, it was not as easy to read as Treasure Island. (As an aside, end notes should be for bibliographies, not for translations or other immediately relevant information. Do the reader a favor and use footnotes. I blame the publisher.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 12/16/2013

    " Each week I try to read one book for fun and one book for my own good, either a classic or a self-help type thing. This was my classic. Sometimes the language was difficult to understand at times. Deep storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 12/15/2013

    " This story, set in Scotland, takes you on an interesting journey as the young man tries to free and find himself. Would have been a good book to listen to because of the Scots great spoken language and accents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui | 12/14/2013

    " Robert Louis Stevenson does it again! This story is so exciting (apart from 2/3rds the way through where it gets a little slow - too much road movie stuff). I always find myself reading his books with an accent. In Treasure Island it was pirate talk arrrgghh, in this it was Scots. Fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 11/20/2013

    " Great adventure. Found myself thinking in a Scottish brogue. Be sure to check out the glossary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/6/2013

    " Kidnapped is one of the earliest books I can remember reading and one of the few that I own a number of copies of. This edition is perfect for a fan of the novel with an interesting appendix explaining the background to some of obscure phrases used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravi | 11/4/2013

    " Decided to re-read some of the books I had read years ago. Kidnapped was the first. Felt like I was reading it for the first time. Thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 9/11/2013

    " A great classic tale of being wronged and seeking revenge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 8/22/2013

    " read at school and loved it then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Hobb | 6/4/2013

    " I was fairly young when I read this, and felt a bit frustrated that I didn't know the history behind the book. Why was Alan on the run? It says a great deal that despite my ignorance, the sheer adventure sustained me and kept me reading to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/7/2013

    " LOVED it! It was more than I hoped for. Colorful characters, great language, great insight into mid-18th-century Scotland. :) I learned a lot about the people, language and topography. RLS rocks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/3/2013

    " Four stars because andreading it brings back good memories - rainy afternoons and my first literary crush. The rebellious, adventurous hero, Alan Breck Stewart may have a lot to answer for:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 8/26/2012

    " a very simple story of early childhood adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/10/2012

    " Most of the characters in this book speak in "Scottish" which makes it hard to understand at times. The thrilling plot contains kidnapping, swordfighting, ship wrecks, grand adventures, and a really dull ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Wallace | 3/11/2012

    " While the protagonist spends an inordinate amount of time bemoaning his circumstances and questioning every supposed moral dilemma, his journey is entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/6/2012

    " Kind of too long. Tells the story of David Balfour. Talks all about clans in Scotland and the King. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle Sanders | 1/8/2012

    " A superb adventure story, deserving of it's reputation and longevity. I can't see a current-day young person getting through the brogue passages all that well, though. Well worth the time!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margueritte | 10/14/2011

    " I read this book three times as a kid and it was my introduction to swashbucklers and Scotland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 9/11/2011

    " MOstly skimmed it, it was kind of lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 8/26/2011

    " This was a good story, but I found the Scots dialect very difficult to understand. As a children's librarian, I would have a hard time recommending it to a grade-school or even a middle-school child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/18/2011

    " LOVED it! It was more than I hoped for. Colorful characters, great language, great insight into mid-18th-century Scotland. :) I learned a lot about the people, language and topography. RLS rocks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/16/2011

    " Lots of fun in this RLS adventure/travelogue/history of Scotland. After reading this I must conclude
    that the ultimate movie Alan Breck would be Robert Downey Jr. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 5/14/2011

    " I can never really get into classics, but I made it through this one because the movie was interesting so I though the book might be also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 5/13/2011

    " I've been listening to this with my son as we commute to/from various places. The story is gripping and the prose is delicious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mara | 5/11/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this short book in the ebook version. It only took a few nights to finish. I really liked all the old Scottish vocabulary, and the story was engaging. The ending was somewhat abrupt, and left me a bit disappointed, but overall it was a fun and quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/10/2011

    " another great book from robert louis stevenson "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nur Fathiah | 5/8/2011

    " Seventeen-year-old David Balfour's villainous uncle has him kidnapped in order to steal his inheritance. David escapes only to fall into the dangerous company of rebels who are resisting British redcoats in the Scottish highlands. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/1/2011

    " I have a huge collection of RLS, and this is the first one I read. Interesting story but just didn't capture me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/19/2011

    " Really good! It wasn't depressing as I was expecting it to be, and there was plenty of adventure!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devin | 3/28/2011

    " Pretty good. Not as entertaining as Treasure Island, but in the end I grew to really like the main characters and their interaction together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karenbike | 3/22/2011

    " They called this a kid's book when it was written. I find it hard to believe, but it was a fairly good read for adults. As with all books written so long ago, you have to get through the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/11/2011

    " Good classic story, but I prefer Jack London and his "Sea Wolf" novel which to me goes in the same vain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/28/2011

    " I didn't care for the narration of the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 2/27/2011

    " I did not like this book at all. It was very boring and difficult to read. It is about David Balfours adventures from the actions of his evil uncle. Some characters had really thick accents so it was hard to read. I would not recomend this book, only to experienced readers. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was born in Scotland. He studied engineering and law at the University of Edinburgh and then began writing while traveling in France. The publication of Treasure Island in 1883 brought him fame and entered him on a course of romantic fiction beloved by young and old alike.

About the Narrator

James MacPherson is a Scottish actor, best known for his role as Detective Michael Jardine in the STV drama Taggart, as well as his portrayal of Hugh Hamilton in BBC Radio 4’s hit drama series Citizens.