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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Motion Narrator: David Tennant Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781611207682
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In the eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on the river with a request for Jim from her father—Long John Silver. Aged and weak but still possessing a strange power, the pirate proposes Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint’s hidden bounty. But the thrill of the ocean odyssey gives way to terror as the Nightingale reaches its destination, for it seems Treasure Island is not as uninhabited as it once was.

Silver is a worthy sequel to Treasure Island, a work of extraordinary authenticity and imaginative power from one of England’s greatest writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The ship of Motion’s prose rides gracefully, his descriptions of nature buoying the senses firmly enough to hold even a young reader’s interest. ...With Silver, Andrew Motion places the poet adventurer up in the sky where he belongs, coasting and gliding in favorable winds, pointing the way to literary treasure.”

    New York Times

  • “Motion shares that wickedly delightful sense of story and language of his predecessor…a page-turner that thoughtfully questions its own world—and makes you long for a sequel to the sequel.”


  • “Motion writes beautifully…A darker world than Stevenson’s with real evil and genuine loss in it—and a tentative but credible burgeoning love story. Considered as a sequel, Silver more than holds its own as an adventure story.”

    Irish Independent (Dublin)

  •  “A splendid adventure story in its own right.”

    Guardian (London)

  • Silver is quality work with equal portions of ‘friendship, loyalty, and pirates’ written by a master conjurer of words and phrases.”

    Buffalo News

  • “[David] Tennant’s every word is magic. His guttural vowel pronunciations resonate delightfully, and his piratical rasps and mimicry of mynah bird Spot are amazing. Andrew Motion’s pastiche captures the period’s formal prose, which sparkles with vivid description and dynamic exploits.”


  • “As modern sequels to well-loved classics go, this worthy follow-up by former British poet laureate Motion has everything: a seagoing adventure with endearing heroes, barbarous pirates, venomous snakes, a loquacious parrot, and romance. Can’t miss.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Motion matches the raw vitality of Stevenson, though his conclusion is far more grim…his ambition is admirable, as is his stylistic elegance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Library Journal Best Book
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Listener Opinions

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

    " This was good, however I had high expectations of suspense and it did have slower parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keeley | 1/14/2014

    " Pretty good, though the pace and characterization varied. Maybe it would be more of a treat if I had read Treasure Island more recently. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/10/2014

    " The first and second acts of this book were well written and beautifully developed. However, once the characters arrived on the island they split up and I found myself less invested. I did not finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kassie | 7/5/2013

    " liked this book....the author did a good job following up to Treasure Island.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/16/2013

    " Well written prose, easy to read but the characters were not very enveloping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawn | 5/19/2013

    " I am annoyed by ambiguous endings. This book has one. I admired Motion's style, but my conclusion is that "Treasure Island" didn't really need a sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 4/22/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book but ultimately it did not sweep me up the way I expected it would. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Guido Tenconi | 11/14/2012

    " A perfect sequel, just as boring as the original "

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About the Author

Andrew Motion is the author of three biographies and a number of books of poetry. In 1999 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Great Britain, and he is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Motion serves as head of the Literature Panel of the Arts Council and frequently broadcasts on the BBC.

About the Narrator

David Tennant, Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a Scottish actor who, over twenty years, has starred on stage, screen, television, and radio. In 2008 he played a widely praised Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company but is probably best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in the 2005 television serial Casanova and as Barty Crouch Jr. in the 2005 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. On stage he has played Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing, as well as the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II.