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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Carlos Cardona Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1979 ISBN: 9781436182331
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In the same spirit of high adventure as Stevenson’s Treasure Island comes Kidnapped, the tale of a young Scottish boy, David Balfour, in 1751, five years after the Battle of Culloden ended Bonnie Prince Charlie’s desperate attempt to gain the throne of England. David’s evil uncle, Ebenezer Balfour, arranges to have the boy kidnapped to keep him from discovering that Ebenezer’s family estate, called Shaws, really belongs to David.

The boy is shipped out aboard the brig Covenant, where he meets the dashing Alan Breck Stewart, one of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s supporters and a survivor of the Culloden disaster. Their adventures and escapes are set against the background of the Scottish Highlands and those tumultuous years of history. But never fear; this is a book written first and foremost as an adventure story for older children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterpiece.” 

    Henry James
  • “One of the classic coming-of-age stories for children and young adults today.” 

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/19/2014

    " Um, very interesting to read an old school little kids book. My boys were actually interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Killen | 2/19/2014

    " Good book much like "Treasure Island." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 2/17/2014

    " this was soooo boring. Not recommended to anyone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/12/2014

    " I can see its appeal for children - there's plenty of drama here - but in fact I found it too 'busy', with never a moment's rest from the action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dacus | 2/11/2014

    " Read it when i was around 11. Deep and sensitive but also rebellious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/11/2014

    " I'm sorry that I had not read this book before now. A long stay in Scotland is on my bucket list, especially to the Heberdies. The descriptions of the lonely landscape and the Highland society took me to this special place. The twists and turns of the story had a rhythm that was suited to the way the book was originally published which feels a bit choppy to us now. Sadly, hard copies of the book could not be found in either my local bookstore nor my public library . Happily the Gutnburgh project has made it available electronically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 2/11/2014

    " Listen to this on Audio by a reader that uses the Scottish accent. It's great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/10/2014

    " The overall story for this book was good, but the strong Scottish dialect made it difficult to follow. Once I gave up on trying to figure out exactly what was going on, the book was more enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Intile | 2/7/2014

    " i thought this was a good and readable book right until the end which i thought was a total lame cop out. WTF? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/6/2014

    " I learned about Scotland, it's history and complicated rivalry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheridan Steffler | 2/6/2014

    " I read this after I had seen a movie version on TV. It really helped that I had seen that before because I could follow it (old language, etc) better. Got on a Stevenson kick after that :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/2/2014

    " A quick little read. Really enjoyed this. Kind of mindless adventure pleasure read. The Scottish dialect was never much of a hinderance to understanding. Good guys were good guys, villains were villains. My first Stevenson book. Will get to the others eventually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Severn Williamson | 1/31/2014

    " Great book for Middle Grade boys! Robert Louis Stevenson is an adventure lover's classic author. The characters are well-drawn and believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 1/31/2014

    " Good Book. Great adventure book, maybe if I had read this book before I read all the other adventure books I would have rated it higher. Gave a nice image of how the Scottish Highlands were in the early 19th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leora (Dances With Books) | 1/29/2014

    " This book was so good! I can't believe I haven't read it until now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 1/28/2014

    " Like many other reviews, this book started out so exciting, but ended up being much slower throughout the rest of the book. There were times that I would be very interested what was happening, and others that I read on because I wanted to know what happened. Going through the heather was the most boring part. I did like and cared for both David and Alan, and that kept me going through the book. For the most part, I liked it, and liked the main story, it just dragged in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/27/2014

    " Re-reading an old favorite. Nobody does adventure better than Stevenson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Jokl | 1/27/2014

    " A superior boys' own adventure, rich in the sort of deatils that bring a story to vivid life. Surely must have been an influence on Tolkien. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessa | 1/26/2014

    " Great vacation read while I was in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Exactly what you expect from Stevenson. A bit more adult than Treasure Island, particularly if you care at all about the political aspect of the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah S. | 1/25/2014

    " It wasn't badly written, I just didn't enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 charith | 1/24/2014

    " This book was kicking around my in-laws' house so I picked it up. It was a pretty good story. Lots of adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/23/2014

    " Very nice adventure. Actually listened, but oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickie | 1/23/2014

    " I wasn't sure about this story until into a few chapters and then it became interesting to the very end. Young man tricked by a greedy old miser of an uncle and his adventure getting back to his home. I read this with my daughter Mattia for a book club assignment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Izabella | 1/22/2014

    " Unfortunately I couldn't get into this book at all. I tried several times but it really wasn't something that interested me. He's a wonderful writer but I think we cross paths a little much. Its the second book of his I struggled to get into. Nevertheless I have respect for him and think people should try everything at least once. So read it! Hopefully you'll enjoy it more then me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathaniel | 1/22/2014

    " I read the first 3/4s of this book and reasonably enjoyed it. Then I got to the part where a couple of characters are saying "by my troth!" to each other over and over for about 10 pages and just. couldn't. continue. I realize that social convention was a big part of everything back then, but watering down the part before the big climax with a chapter full of 'troth's is just bad pacing, no matter what century you live in. It's classic because of what it inspired, but hardly exciting by today's standards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 1/20/2014

    " This took me about 40 minutes to read. Surprisingly, quite a bit happened in that time. Good for elementary school kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Reed | 1/18/2014

    " The main theme of Kidnapped is the friendship between Alan and Davi, a friendship that i would never thought would happened. The book makes me think that if these two given their bloody history can be friends then anyone in life can be friends no matter what they have been through. If not be friends then people can always find a way to look eye to eye. Even though David could get away he has too much loyalty to Alan to leave him even when Alan looses their money David does not leave. I feel like all good relationships are tested by stressful moments, good friends can get through things together and support each other. I can relate some of my friendships to this not with the same circumstances but I feel like my friendships were also tested like theirs and can relate to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Marcia | 1/17/2014

    " Not as enchanting as Treasure Island, a bit more difficult to follow. Great to visit the old style novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/16/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 1/15/2014

    " I love seafaring novels. This one is a favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/12/2014

    " A cracking tale of Highland adventures! I liked it better than Treasure Island. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/11/2014

    " A wonderful adventure! Read through the eyes of youth to thoroughly enjoy the escapades of the high seas and highland Scotland. Learning a bit a history along the way is a bonus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devin | 1/11/2014

    " 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 Michael | 1/10/2014

    " Hard to follow this classic story but trying to finish it on my Kindle phone app. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake | 1/3/2014

    " bit slow a times but over very good "

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

    " great classic but is a little hard to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravi | 1/1/2014

    " 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 Call Me Jesse | 12/31/2013

    " One of the greatest adventure books ever written. This guy is amazing. He claims that everything he ever wrote came to him in his dreams and takes no credit for it. Well it is some of the most realistic and creative dreaming ever. I model my creative efforts after this guy, he is my hero (see Creative Dreaming). You gotta read this book It is part of the series that includes Treasure Island. This book is fun for all ages, it gets your heart pumping, your imagination creating beautiful landscapes, and it contains great themes; a Scottish highlander and a lowlander clash multiple layers of cultural complexity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tweller83 | 12/30/2013

    " The first of five volumes of a graphic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped." Tells the tale of sixteen-year-old David Balfour, whose uncle has him kidnapped. David escapes and is caught up in the rebellion of Scottish highlanders against English rule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 12/29/2013

    " My mom read this to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 12/28/2013

    " Not bad. A bit hard to follow and understand, but it provided an interesting first look at Scottish life for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorelei | 12/24/2013

    " Still such a wonderful adventure - I read it about forty years ago and I'd forgotten how very good it is. None of the movies, television or stories made from it have ever come close to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marye odom | 12/14/2013

    " Childhood favorite for sure. I still recommend it to kids who look bored with their assignments at school but who must read a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/7/2013

    " I never finished it because I found it extremely hard to understand all the characters with Scottish accents. It had a good written storyline though and so I hope that in a few years when I am older I can attempt to read it again and see if i can undergo the task of reading the accents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dudley Danes | 12/3/2013

    " Wow, what an adventure! I recommend this book to anyone--and if you're turned off by the complicated language of old (as I sometimes am), give in and listen to it on audio. Jim Weiss does a pretty fantastic reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bybee | 12/1/2013

    " I developed such a crush on Alan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/1/2013

    " i read this in high school, but really can't remember much. won't rate until i re-read. i even own a nice leather bound copy.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 11/24/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qt | 11/23/2013

    " I haven't read this one in a long time, and I'm not sure how I would rate it today, but I loved it when I read it--I remember it as being exciting and adventurous, and great fun :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana E | 11/20/2013

    " Two people different in temperament and politics are forced together by both being suspected of the same crime. An exciting story with humour as personalities clash. One of the best historical adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ChristinaRae | 11/17/2013

    " You just have to love RLS. He is the master of classic action-adventure. The kind of book that stuffy critics love to refer to as "boys'" novels. Well, I happen to love boys and their novels. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/14/2013

    " read with Nathan when he is older "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 11/11/2013

    " On my list of classics that I have always wanted to read. It was not a book that I would classify as a favorite. Too long-too much detail. I liked Treasure Island much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lissa | 11/10/2013

    " A lot like Treasure Island, young boy thrown into an adventure, but this one doesn't work quite as well. I enjoyed the backdrop of post-jacobite rebellion Scotland, it made me quite curious about the period in history. Some good characters, but middle is quite monotonous. "

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

    " Suspenseful! Another good classic. Not too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaitanya Reddy | 10/29/2013

    " A must for all the adventure lovers. Deserves a five star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/24/2013

    " Wonderful book!! I counldnt put it down! When i finished it, it was heart breaking :)) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cayenne | 10/22/2013

    " What a fascinating adventure! I saw the movie on Masterpiece and liked it so much I decided to try reading the book. It was worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 10/1/2013

    " Read in 9th grade-I remember it as being tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 9/27/2013

    " I loved this book when I was about ten years old. Years later, I reread it, and still found it engaging. David Balfour's journey is exciting and attention-keeping for readers of any age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 9/5/2013

    " I think that this is one of the best books by Robert Louis Stevenson. Great read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Jokl | 8/6/2013

    " A superior boys' own adventure, rich in the sort of deatils that bring a story to vivid life. Surely must have been an influence on Tolkien. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kranti | 8/3/2013

    " the first ever book i read, and that too a prize for having won a quiz competition.. a spectacular and awesome narration, to say the least, this book inspired me to go on!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arick | 7/30/2013

    " Took me a bit to get into. Fun adventure, would love to see a movie based on the book, true to form. My kids would love it (movie). That was a lot of grief to go through. Found out some relatives are better off not known. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid Mccandless | 7/29/2013

    " This is a very interesting book about a boy who kidnapped by pirates and is going to be sold into slavery when the ship wrecks and he escapes the the Island of Mull the rest of the story is about this journy home and the people he meets. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilene | 7/5/2013

    " Not a bad story, just a little too old fashioned for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 6/27/2013

    " I enjoyed the book but there was definately some language issues. I just don't speak olde English or Gaelic so that part was difficult. INteresting to see how many authors have followed Stevenson's lead and used his story lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margueritte | 6/26/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Lolonis | 6/18/2013

    " Yes! Swashbuckling adventure, breathless derring-do, brave and touching. A delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/14/2013

    " Interesting read. (I had this book as a kid and never got through it, so I felt compelled to read it now.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Lewis | 5/6/2013

    " Not as good as Treasure Island! Starts really well but rather too much tramping through the wilderness. Character of Hoeseason similar to Long John Silver. Can't remember the name of the sequel but may pick that up at some point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 4/24/2013

    " I loved this book when I was about ten years old. Years later, I reread it, and still found it engaging. David Balfour's journey is exciting and attention-keeping for readers of any age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 4/14/2013

    " This has become one of my all-time favorite books. Everyone should read it! It's a very exciting adventure story that I had trouble putting down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/27/2013

    " This adventure tale might have been great for it's time but doesn't hold up well over the years. Stevenson wrote many other better stories that are more worth your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalisa | 12/25/2012

    " If you like Treasure Island you'll like this one! Classic Stevenson with all the action to take you away and keep you on the edge of your seat "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mickiegoc Cathers | 11/14/2012

    " When I started this book, I thought, BORING! But it got better. I like it, hey Mikey! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo | 11/12/2012

    " In my attempt to read the classics, I've learned that just because someone wrote a classic doesn't mean that all their works are amazing. I could hardly keep my eyes open for this one and just making it one chapter at a time proved daunting. All I can say is, WHEW! at least I'm finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/8/2012

    " 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). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/2/2012

    " I read the illustrated classic version^.^ not a lot of detail though. A dramatic change of books from the secret life of bees but I like the plot and ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Buick | 9/23/2012

    " I read quite a few of RLS' books when I was very young. He had a way of drawing the reader into the story and feeling the way David Balfour did as he survived life threatening circumstances time after time. Must be a great story I still remember it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/21/2012

    " I enjoyed it, until the middle chapters when they're wandering around Scotland...it was kind of boring. And the ending kind of left you hanging. But I liked the rest of the parts more than Treasure Island. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Headle10 | 9/18/2012

    " Fun adventure story I can read to my boys when they get older. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 9/18/2012

    " a very simple story of early childhood adventure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid Mccandless | 9/11/2012

    " This is a very interesting book about a boy who kidnapped by pirates and is going to be sold into slavery when the ship wrecks and he escapes the the Island of Mull the rest of the story is about this journy home and the people he meets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug D'jay | 8/19/2012

    " Exciting adventure. Very well told. Needs a few elves and dwarves though, and maybe an ending that does not seem line someone ripped out the last few pages. "

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

    " A good story, but a little difficult to read in parts because of the Scottish "brogue" and references to historical things of the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss GP | 3/13/2012

    " Enjoyable classic adventure novel. I'm very glad I finally got around to reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Cliburn | 3/2/2012

    " More pulp from my teen years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 2/14/2012

    " I remember not wanting to put it down, about age 10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reginald Tan Bueno | 2/9/2012

    " A great 19th century adventure story of a Scottish boy who had to go a number of tragedies at such age. He was grateful to receive a helping hand from Alan to let him sort out his experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keeko | 1/26/2012

    " Lively, heartwarming, and exciting. Everything you want in a tale of adventure. They are the kind of characters that you wonder what they get up to after the book (and hope all the best for them). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby Brown | 1/17/2012

    " How did I live so long without ever reading this book? It was a wonderful adventure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/10/2012

    " I just couldn't stay with this one. Since it was a library book, I didn't feel obligated to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 12/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed this "classic" selection for our June book group meeting. It was rather helpful to read this book on my reader, which gave me quick access to a dictionary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 11/14/2011

    " Re-reading one of my old favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 8/30/2011

    " I enjoyed the book but there was definately some language issues. I just don't speak olde English or Gaelic so that part was difficult. INteresting to see how many authors have followed Stevenson's lead and used his story lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 8/11/2011

    " I remember not wanting to put it down, about age 10. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KatieSuzanne | 6/5/2011

    " Started really good then got sort of boring with only some good parts. I actually had to reread the second half months later because I couldn't remember finishing the end. Turns out I did finish it, but the ending didn't make a big impression on me I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/29/2011

    " I must have read this book 5 or 6 times when I was between the ages of 10 and 13. One of my favorites growing up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart Lutzenhiser | 1/26/2011

    " Two hundred page buildup for a four page payoff. Reminds me of a much shorter "Count of Monte Cristo". All setup for revenge. But with both writers, what a sweet payoff as we see Balfour's uncle get his due. Fantastic. I can read it fairly easily, but the dialect is beyond children now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalisa | 4/28/2010

    " If you like Treasure Island you'll like this one! Classic Stevenson with all the action to take you away and keep you on the edge of your seat "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/18/2010

    " Interesting read. (I had this book as a kid and never got through it, so I felt compelled to read it now.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 2/25/2010

    " Fun adventure through the highlands of Scotland. Enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crazymountaingoat | 1/26/2010

    " In the same boat as Treasure Island. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/22/2009

    " A good story, but a little difficult to read in parts because of the Scottish "brogue" and references to historical things of the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalisa | 8/1/2008

    " If you like Treasure Island you'll like this one! Classic Stevenson with all the action to take you away and keep you on the edge of your seat "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/24/2008

    " 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). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/22/2008

    " Really good! I love the classics and this one did not disappoint...although the ending left everything kind of hanging. Is there a sequel I haven't heard of? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemma | 9/8/2007

    " Recommended to me by my Grandma. I don't tend to read adventure novels but this kept me gripped as there's never a dull moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lissa | 7/10/2007

    " A lot like Treasure Island, young boy thrown into an adventure, but this one doesn't work quite as well. I enjoyed the backdrop of post-jacobite rebellion Scotland, it made me quite curious about the period in history. Some good characters, but middle is quite monotonous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen Burrow | 1/23/2007

    " Most of what I remember about this story actually comes from hearing it retold by my older sister. But now she claims she barely understood it herself. Hm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leora (Dances With Books) | 9/3/2006

    " This book was so good! I can't believe I haven't read it until now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 7/17/2006

    " It was interesting to know more about the clans in Scotland, and the various factions at the time of King George. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen Byrd | 4/27/2006

    " Great and perfect for a president even! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/22/2005

    " Um, very interesting to read an old school little kids book. My boys were actually interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edmund | 3/11/2005

    " Own a copy of this. Edition illustrated by Rowland Hilder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/17/2002

    " Not as captivating, funny, or exciting as Treasure Island, but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Price | 4/18/2001

    " Excellent! The language is a bit hard to get used to, but you can't find a better story "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lib Mil | 1/8/2001

    " Sadly I was made to read this book at school, along with Treasure Island. I feel this has influenced my feelings towards them both. I shudder at the memory of detentions because of not reading up to a certain chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandy | 6/26/2000

    " We chose Robert Louis Stevenson in my book group - and so far I have found him very very boring. This one was particularly tedious. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rabbitprincess | 3/31/2000

    " Read in Grade 9 for an independent study project. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 3/29/2000

    " While a good story, Kidnapped, gives an interesting view of the Highlands of Scotland after 1745. At times it is a difficult read going through the Scots language,but worth the effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil | 1/10/2000

    " A rattling adventure yarn with some good set pieces and well drawn characters; the relationship between the proud Alan Breck and the youthful David Balfour is well drawn. At the same time I found it overall a little too episodic to be truly satisfying although also not as lightweight as I expected. "

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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.