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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781481569330
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Stevenson’s tragic masterpiece unfolds against a hauntingly beautiful Scottish landscape, where the 1745 Jacobite rising is dividing the country against itself. Amidst this outer conflict, one family finds itself devastatingly divided from within, as two brothers discover their opposing loyalties. Their rivalry soon spreads from war to love, as both try to win the hand of a wealthy and beautiful kinswoman.

Through a series of adventures, including seas voyages, piracy, and buried treasure, Stevenson weaves an acutely moving, psychologically complex story of the elemental struggle between good and evil.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If a strong story, strongly told, full of human interest, and absolutely original in its situations, makes a masterpiece, then this may lay claim to the title.”

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • “[I have] fallen head over heels into a new tale: The Master of Ballantrae. No thought have I now apart from it…It is to me a most seizing tale; there are some fantastic elements; the most is a dead genuine human problem—human tragedy I should say rather.”

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “His most popular novels—Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Master of Ballantrae—are set in a semimythical realm, where the fire of adventure catches on every page.”

    New York Times

  • “Sheer genius and literary force such as we have never known the like of.”

    Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivana | 4/9/2011

    " I read this one as a child, and I remember the ending frightened me, with a man being put into the ground and waiting for his accomplice to dig him out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/31/2010

    " Get the Barnes and Noble Library of Essential Reading version with my introduction, ha ha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 12/29/2010

    " Did you know that RLS spent the winter of '88 in the Adirondacks? This explains why a romantic tale of the Scottish highlands finishes near Lake George. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gio | 10/31/2010

    " A story of sibling rivarly. It starts slow but as you read, it becomes interesting and is easy to follow. I didn't like the end much but I still think it is a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 8/26/2010

    " Stevenson takes a turn at a mixture of knight's lore and subsumed romance. a little gothic, a little victorian, romantic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dead | 7/1/2010

    " Secundra Dass zyada achaa hai. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/24/2010

    " Had this for years and finally read it. It starts slow but it does get quite interesting. It's amazing to watch the characters mutate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/13/2010

    " What a sad story this is - far from the exciting adventure stories that hooked me onto his work. I found the first part of the story difficult to follow, but it evened out (or I just got used to it) towards the end. "

About the Author

David Case was a distinguished narrator who recorded over 700 audiobooks, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narrations. AudioFile magazine named him a Golden Voice.

About the Narrator

James Adams is one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and intelligence, and for more than twenty-five years he has specialized in national security. He is also the author of fourteen bestselling books on warfare, with a particular emphasis on covert warfare. A former managing editor of the London Sunday Times and CEO of United Press International, he trained as a journalist in England, where he graduated first in the country. Now living in Southern Oregon, he has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and two coveted Audie Award for best narration.