Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Book Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.

When Billy Bones first walks into Jim Hawkins’ family-run inn, the prevailing sentiments are fear…and curiosity about what’s in his oversized chest. After a band of rogue pirates comes looking for him, Billy dies, leaving Jim and his mother in possession of his belongings, which contain a map leading to the treasure of the dreaded Captain Flint.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story plays out on the high seas-and it’s packed to the gills with heart-pounding suspense, double crosses, mutiny, mayhem, and even murder. First published as a magazine serial in the 1880s, Treasure Island set the standard for action-adventure thrillers. Hop in and prepare for a wild ride, complete with peg-legged pirates and their trusted parrots, casks of rum, tropical islands, and X marks the spot!

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- Can I put zero stars.1 star

This book is BORING!!!!!!!!! That is all I am going to say.

- Treasure Island5 star

Fast read! Adventure, great story & character development. Nautical terms were somewhat difficult at times. A classic.

- Must-read for anyone5 star

This book is an absolute classic in and of itself, and is essential for any who wish to fully appreciate much of today’s literature, especially action and adventure.

- Enjoyed the read!4 star

Good book, however it can be challenging the part where the narration moves through multiple characters. Still a great read!

- Don’t hesitate5 star

This book is gripping. I’ve read it twice and listened to the audiobook at least twice. It’s written in such a way that, in reading, you feel you ARE Jim Hawkins. I can smell the salt. Enjoy!

- Amazing book! A perfect classic!5 star

It is a very nice book.

- Great book!5 star

I loved this book, has a lot of action

- Treasure Island5 star

What else can be said about the most iconic pirate swashbuckler ever written? Although the language is very dated for modern readers, the story is every bit as riveting as when It was penned. An all-time classic!

- Classic5 star

What a fantastic read. Not too difficult to follow for the most part.

- A new perspective.5 star

It was enjoyable reading this book again after watching the "Black Sails" series that was the prequel to this story.

- Awesome5 star

Hey great book i also got The Black Arrow too cant wait to read it

- Treasure Island5 star

A wonderful story that keeps the reader's interest. The spoken language of the mid 19th century is at times almost unrecognizable to an early 21st century reader. The sometimes ugly nature of men is laid bare and makes this book unsuitable for children under 12.

- Treasure island4 star

A very good book. Gets interesting starting a little bit before the middle. Kinda boring at the beginning. But overall a very good book.

- Oh, to have been young Jim!5 star

Reading this again much later in my life is a pure joy. I can see why Mr. Stevenson found the sea and the pirate nature so alluring. One day I must might go to an antique shop, scour about until I find a treasure map and off I will go!

- If only there were half a star1 star

I'm in a sixth grade reading class and had to read this book. It started off ok but it gets very very boring. I would only suggest reading if you have too. I would've rated half a star but ones the lowest 😡

- Good book4 star

I read this book for school and I really like the storyline and how there is always something coming around the corner that you would have no idea was possibly going to happen.

- Treasure Island, a true classic5 star

I enjoyed this book even more than I did 50 years ago.

- Great2 star

I loved this novel. It really did pick up after they set off to the Island. 5 stars for the great adventure.

- Treasure Island5 star

The love of money...the root of all evil, and the basis for an incredible adventure for young Jim Hawkins, who proves more than a match for a crew of cut throat pirates.

- Always a classic5 star

This is a must read over and over

- Treasure Island a classic for all times and all ages5 star

I have read this book three times in two years and it still never fails to fascinate.

- Boring1 star

I thought this book was going to be an interesting story with a good plot line. I was wrong. This is extremely dull and mind-numbingly boring. It was hard to continue reading it without falling asleep. The premise of the book is interesting, but the book itself is written very poorly and not very easy to follow. I understand that this book is a classic and is well known, but I just don't understand why!

- Treasure Island5 star

Excellent read. 👍🏼

- Love this story5 star


- Awful1 star

Dont read

- Treasure Island1 star

Treasure Island is a great book.

- Good4 star

Good old book

- Bad2 star

Couldnt understand it

- Interesting5 star

I think it is a good book

- Pretty good4 star

Pretty good overall book with a good story to tell. Lots of excitement and action, but it was considerably long length, and at some parts hard to understand. But besides that it was good.

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- Fran on Treasure Island5 star

I read this book as a child and thought I’d revisit it as a 70 year old, so glad I did. Excellent Adventure😵

- Treasure Island5 star

Best book I've read. A good classic.... MUST READ!!!!! ( that's if you love mysteries and adventure)

- Mr5 star

Great old book

- Amazing5 star

A must read for the ages; one for the whole family!

- It is great5 star

It's just simply great! Fabulous!!

- Treasure island5 star

Awesome story, a must read for all boys....

- Great5 star

Very awesome to have this for free. It was very useful in school. In terms of the story, I found it fun to read.

- Delightful read4 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this classic read.

- Arrrr(gh)3 star

In terms of the download, there are a few annoying typos; letters get cut off at the edge of the pages and in other instances incorrect letters appear in words. This makes it tricky to figure out if it is a typo or an old English word, but then later it is written correctly. Regarding the book itself, I enjoyed reading this classic; it was fun and full of adventure. (spoiler alert) However, I was disappointed with the abrupt and lack luster ending; what does Jim do with the Admiral Benbow? What about his mother? Etc. Arrrgh. But hey, it's free.

- Stupid.1 star

Stupid. Stupid. Hate it don't buy it

- Epic!!!!5 star

It is a great book and I recommend it for anyone.

- Jameison's review5 star

I like this book a lot, like all the other ones. (7 years old)

- Treasure island5 star

The best ever pirate novel, written with blood and thunder. Ah haarrrr!

- Completely charming5 star

Brilliant book, just draws you in.

- Oscar4 star

Great would recommend

- Treasure Island5 star

Read this years ago as a Year 6 with my favourite ever teacher, Alan Cook. Then again this summer on the beach. Long John Silver - what a character. Only Fagin can match him.

- Treasure Island4 star

What a pleasure to read this book after so many years. Yes, It was the old school days about 35 Years ago. The intrigue is still there and will have you turning the pages till the end. Happy Reading!

- Treasure island3 star

This book is okay. Felt it started to drag halfway through but picked back up towards the end

- A Rollicking Tale5 star

This book is a rollicking tale of pirates, hidden treasure, and Jack Hawkins' adventures at sea, told with great passion by one of Scotland's finest writers - Robert Louis Stevenson. The writing is colourful; beautifully crafted; full of colourful descriptions and lively seafaring language. A great yarn suitable for children and adults alike.

- Very good book5 star

This a very good book. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and/or pirates

- Best book ever5 star

This book was the best I have ever read

- What an Adventure5 star

Still stands the test of time as one of the classic adventure stories.

- Wonderful Read for Children and Adults Alike5 star

This book will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.It is packed with adventure and chilling suspense.It is just a thrilling read.

- Treasure Island5 star

Treasure Island is page turner for all those looking to write a great thriller. The plot and sub-plot is delivered with equal measure. Character are colourful with just enough to keep them interesting. The ending is left on a cliff hanger of a question, room for another tale of the high seas. A classic that deserves to be re-read often.

- Fantastic Book for Adults & Children5 star

I never read this as a child, however I have now read it three times to my young children and they love it as much as me. It's exciting, at times scary, and a great story of Pirates and Treasure. Give it a try!

- Treasure Island4 star

This book is a classic Boys Own adventure and plenty of morale learning for today's readers. I liked using the dictionary to learn some of the old seafaring words.

- good3 star

great book but can get on your nerves because of complex language

- Treasure Island4 star

A very familiar tale but one I hadn't yet read as the author intended. Exciting for not only the story but also the number of pirate references that colour our view of the fable of pirates today. Long John silver is a character whose duplicitous nature keeps us guessing whose side is he really on? Excellent.

- Treasure Island5 star

I remember this story being read to me by my mother on holiday by the sea. It was probably an abridged children's version but has always been in my memory. This is the real deal; the language is slightly quirky but of its time. The art of storytelling by a master is plain to see; the Admiral Benbow is wonderfully evoked as a sleepy country ale house until the appearance of Flint and the tension gradually ratchets up with the "sea wolves" beginning to circle. Long John Silver emerges as a Machiavellian character willing to change sides to survive and uses all his cunning to survive. Disappointingly, the story fizzles out when they successfully return to Bristol. What happened to Jim ; surely he didn't return to run the pub with his mother! He is no country bumpkin and is the ringmaster for the whole show.

- Wonderful!5 star

Such a fantastic adventure story, can't believe it's taken me til now to read such a classic & enjoyable tale!


it is alright but it is quite hard to understand.But overall its a good story,and that my friend IS WHAT COUNTS!

- Treasure island4 star

The book is good with a bit of alright stuff in it

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- Great read!5 star

Would recommend to anyone looking for a book to get into took me awhile get past the old English but I got there in the end :)

- Treasure island!5 star

Great book it kept me guessing and was a real page turner! Shiver me timbers!!!

- Mmmmm it's ok'd3 star

Yeah the books ok. Not exactly the best I've ever read but I suppose I'm actually lucky to be able to read and actually have a book to read because in places in the slums the kids don't have books to read.

- Treasure island1 star

'twas rubbish it's hard to understand needs to be modernise it it bad okay

- Treasure Island5 star

I never read this as a child and am thrilled to have found such a great book. It is deservedly a classic.

- It's great!5 star

My 7 year old daughter and I have just finished reading a chapter a night, and have loved every minute. We liked the way it was haunting and atmospheric. The characters were well written. We have been thrilled by all of Jim's adventures. We wish there was a second one to follow!

- Treasure island4 star

If you are going to read a classic read this. You will not be disappointed.

- Nice Read enjoyed it!4 star

It was like bing transported into a different era! Enjoyed the read

- Best book5 star

Best book ever

- Classic5 star

It's a book that you must read I couldn't put it down, a absolutely thrilling reaf

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- Treasure Island4 star

It was pretty good, actually. Some times it was hard to understand, because of all the pirate talk and old English, and there are a lot of characters to keep straight.... But, it ended up being a good story, and I think that this book will continue to interest people for years to come...

- Okay...2 star

The book is a true classic but it is so hard to understand. I am reading it for my Challenge class and I still can't understand it. My teacher will not let us get an easier treasure island version. Anyway this is a good book for older people I do not recommend it for younger people. I am a fifth grader and most of my challenge friends can't understand it.

- Good book3 star

It's one of those books where you dont know whats going on but you do at the same time. Once you break it down its a terrific book with a lot of action

- What a good book!5 star

I just finished reading it for school. It is a good one. Now I will go home and watch the movie!

- Boooooooooorrrringggggg5 star

Even though I didn't read it I still think it was boring This book is torturous. It hurts to even look at it. Whoever the illustrator is I think you should go die in a hole This book is so dumb my grandma thinks it's good,and I should sue you guy's!

- Ah, yes!!3 star

I dare say, I enjoyed this story more now than when I was a child!!!!

- Treasure island5 star

Great book!!

- Books4 star


- Treasure Island4 star

This is a good book with a lot of interesting cliff hangers that made me guess.

- Treauses island5 star

Book is great

- Worst book ever2 star

Only reason why I read this book is because I had to read it for school I so boring and hard to understand and I'm taking advanced classes

- I love it!!4 star

This book is a great book. But it would probably be hard for little kids. but I think is a wonderful book!!!!! 😊

- Saved my life.5 star

Thank you whoever made this book free because it saved my life. I had a quiz on chapters 1-3 the following day and I had lost my book, this made it really easy for me to study. Thank you for whoever made this book free.

- Okay4 star

All u idiots that say its a rip off of treasure planet have it mixed up...

- Very enjoyable5 star

Enjoyed this story very much

- Wonderful Read5 star

Nothing to heavy or philosophical just good old fashion fun

- Review5 star

Cool book it's like the spinoff movie treasure planet

- Journey 25 star

I watched the movie and now I want to read the books that helped out

- Treasure island5 star

A wonderful tale!

- Treasure Island5 star

This is an awesome book and I really loved it I would totally recommend this book!

- A Visit to an Old Friend5 star

I loved the book as a child and it was lots of fun to read it again, 50 years later. Our idea of a "pirate" is certainly shaped by this book still. Disney owes a huge debt of gratitude in using Treasure Island for Pirates of the Caribbean. The author's pirates dress, speak and behave in ways we easily accept as "pirate" and are direct antecedents to Johnny Depp and company.

- Treasure island2 star

I hated this book! People are getting Drunk all over the place and cursing

- I want to read it5 star

it sounds good!

- Great Book!5 star

This is a entertaining book

- Great5 star

What a classic. Really enjoyed it. Always wondered where the name Long John Silver came from.

- great5 star


- Ok...3 star

So I had to read this book for a summer reading assignment, and I thought it was okay. I thought the book was dull at times, and it didn't capture my interests. However, its a classic, and it has to be respected. 🇺🇸

- Treasure Island5 star

Good read. Worth the time. Better than the Muppet version. Free.

- Treasure island5 star

My family gave me an iPad while I was in the hospital and my son had chosen this book as part of my library. It was absolutely wonderful! The characters are fantastic and the plot has lots of twists and turns. Quick and easy read. - lg

- Very Good!5 star

A good book! Really enjoyed it! I usually don't read much but this kept my attention! I would very highly recommend it!

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