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Kidnapped

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
By: (1850-1894)

Kidnapped is the story of a 16-year old young man who is searching for his true birthright and is determined to make a fortune after the death of his parents. This timeless tale by Robert Louis Stevenson follows the life of David Balfour who leaves his home in Scotland after the death of his parents. First he meets his uncle for the first time in his life. His uncle is a very mean person who, at first, tried to kill David by devious means but then got him kidnapped onto a slave ship.

In the ship, David makes friends with a Scottish rebel and together they successfully defeat the ship’s crew. The rebel, Alan, cherishes a dream to overthrow the British rulers of Scotland. Soon after the shipwreck, the two escaped but were later charged for being accomplices in the murder of a British supporter by the name of Colin Campbell.

Although the novel’s adventures get a kick-start by this kidnapping, it is true that the hero of the story spends very little time as a captive. The character of Alan is very important as without his friendship the story would have ended very quickly. David would have been forced into slavery or would have escaped and met a poor fate due to starvation and want of money. On the contrary, David enters into new adventures with Alan on the ship itself. But after being charged with the grave crime of murder, readers are forced to ask two pertinent questions – Will these two escape from the hands of the British soldiers? Will David ever confront his sly uncle and fight to get back his inheritance?

This is a very exciting and adventure filled story and all readers, old or young, will like the way the novel slowly unfolds. The setting of the story is very beautiful and there are vivid descriptions of the woods, waterfalls and streams which they jump over. The story is set in 1751 and the author has successfully narrated the story keeping in mind the history of the time. If you love adventure stories then you simply cannot ignore this fast-moving adventure which promises to keep the reader engrossed from start-to-finish.Kidnapped is the story of a 16-year old young man who is searching for his true birthright and is determined to make a fortune after the death of his parents. This timeless tale by Robert Louis Stevenson follows the life of David Balfour who leaves his home in Scotland after the death of his parents. First he meets his uncle for the first time in his life. His uncle is a very mean person who, at first, tried to kill David by devious means but then got him kidnapped onto a slave ship.

In the ship, David makes friends with a Scottish rebel and together they successfully defeat the ship’s crew. The rebel, Alan, cherishes a dream to overthrow the British rulers of Scotland. Soon after the shipwreck, the two escaped but were later charged for being accomplices in the murder of a British supporter by the name of Colin Campbell.

Although the novel’s adventures get a kick-start by this kidnapping, it is true that the hero of the story spends very little time as a captive. The character of Alan is very important as without his friendship the story would have ended very quickly. David would have been forced into slavery or would have escaped and met a poor fate due to starvation and want of money. On the contrary, David enters into new adventures with Alan on the ship itself. But after being charged with the grave crime of murder, readers are forced to ask two pertinent questions – Will these two escape from the hands of the British soldiers? Will David ever confront his sly uncle and fight to get back his inheritance?

This is a very exciting and adventure filled story and all readers, old or young, will like the way the novel slowly unfolds. The setting of the story is very beautiful and there are vivid descriptions of the woods, waterfalls and streams which they jump over. The story is set in 1751 and the author has successfully narrated the story keeping in mind the history of the time. If you love adventure stories then you simply cannot ignore this fast-moving adventure which promises to keep the reader engrossed from start-to-finish.


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 13 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 1, 2017
Subject: Kidnapped
This is a very engaging story which can take you to another world and make you understand what misery is going on. And it was really skillful reading of it as I also kind of recalled the story too.
Reviewer: - January 28, 2017
Subject: Review
Kidnapped is a nice novel written by the great author R.L Steveson which made us through a quite fast paced story of a young boy David who loses his father. The elements were well described especially the sword fighting. However, at times the language is quite hard to understand as it includes a lot of Scottish words which are quite old fashioned and we have to work out to find their meaning. You might give up very quickly if you are not a confident reader. However, I have a mixed bag of feelings for the book. By Krrish Madaan , Mind Tree School , Ambala
Reviewer: - November 3, 2016
Subject: Kidnapped
I loved it! The Mark Smith was excellent reader, and listening to Kidnapped was thoroughly enjoyable. Never a dull moment, and a few of the chapters were so humorous that I found myself laughing heartily!
Reviewer: - September 11, 2016
Subject: boring
I found this book rather boring. but the narration is good.
Reviewer: - July 7, 2016
Subject: great reader
This is a wonderful book, and the reader is very good.
Reviewer: - March 28, 2015
Subject: Very enjoyable
This is a very engaging story. Thank you, Mark Smith, for your skillful reading of it.
Reviewer: - February 14, 2015
Subject: Kidnapped
Kidnapped is an awesome novel. Mark Smith does a fantastic job with the narration
Reviewer: - October 29, 2014
Subject: Absolutely Fantastic book and narration.
This book is truly amazing, such a page turner. The narration was brilliant. I guarantee you will love it. I was sad when it ended. Enjoy.
Reviewer: - August 20, 2014
Great book, very well read.
Reviewer: - November 29, 2013
I share those views. Excellent.
Reviewer: - September 2, 2013
Subject: Kidnapped
Well read , and a great listen.
Reviewer: - August 24, 2013
Great book! Good reading.
Reviewer: - January 8, 2013
Subject: Corner
An excellent telling of a classic story


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