Kidnapped


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.7 stars; 1195 reviews)

David Balfour, a lad of seventeen and newly orphaned, is directed to go and live with his rich uncle, the master of the estate of Shaws in the lowlands of Scotland near Edinburgh. His uncle, Ebenezer (as close a miser as Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge), is shocked to suddenly have his young relative descend on him and tries to rid himself of David with an arranged accident. Failing that, he pays the captain of a brig to kidnap David and sell him into slavery in Carolina.

A collision in the fog brings onboard the brig a survivor, Alan Breck Stewart, who is carrying a dangerous amount of gold on his person. David warns him of a plan by the brig's captain and crew to overpower him and seize the money, and then finds himself fighting alongside Alan in a battle royale. By good fortune, Alan is handy with a sword and they have access to the firearms locker, and the pair so completely defeat the crew that barely enough hands remain to sail her. Limping to port, she is holed by rocks, and David finds himself a castaway.

Being in Alan's presence continues to be a chancey business. David is talking to Colin Roy Campbell, the King's Factor who has been oppressing Alan's people, when the man is shot to death, and David is chased as an accomplice. The two "take to the heather" and barely survive near brushes with redcoats as they thread through the Trossachs and other highland ranges of Scotland. Only after an arduous weeks-long trek through territory where they are actively hunted do they emerge in the more settled districts around the river Forth, only to find guards upon the bridge. With no money remaining, they must somehow cross to Queensferry, find Ebenezer's lawyer, and lay claim to David's inheritance in order to send Alan safely on to France. (summary by Mark F. Smith) (8 hr 16 min)

Chapters

Preface, Dedication, Disclaimer 11:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Journey to the House of Shaws 10:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Come to My Journey’s End 12:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Make Acquaintance of My Uncle 16:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Run a Great Danger in the House of Shaws 18:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Go to the Queen’s Ferry 14:55 Read by Mark F. Smith
What Befell at the Queen’s Ferry 11:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Go to Sea in the Brig 16:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Round House 11:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Man With the Belt of Gold 20:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
Siege of the Roundhouse 14:48 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Captain Knuckles Under 10:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Hear of the Red Fox 20:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Loss of the Brig 12:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Islet 20:06 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Lad With the Silver Button: Through the Isle of Mull 17:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Lad With the Silver Button: Across Morven 16:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Death of the Red Fox 12:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
Talk With Alan in the Wood of Lettermore 17:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
The House of Fear 14:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Flight in the Heather: The Rocks 19:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Heugh of Corrynakiegh 16:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Moor 17:38 Read by Mark F. Smith
Cluny’s Cage 19:00 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Quarrel 23:48 Read by Mark F. Smith
In Balquhidder 15:28 Read by Mark F. Smith
End of the Flight: We Pass the Forth 23:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Come to Mr. Rankeillor 18:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Go in Quest of my Inheritance 17:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Come Into My Kingdom 15:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
Good-bye 8:53 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

awesome!!


(5 stars)

One of my favorite books, I like books like this because they are exciting to read and listen to. Fun fact, Robert Louis Stevenson is a Poem righter also. Irina it is not by mark smith it is by Robert Louis Stevenson just saying because you probably didn’t know. Or I’m just confused lol. Im still listening but it is still a good book. But I like the adventures that lead him to we’re need’s to go. I also like how mark does different voices for the other people.

Kidnapped Brought to Life


(4.5 stars)

I much enjoyed the variety of voices and wonderful accents Mr. Smith employed for each of the characters in this wonderful piece of literature. It’s a great book on its own, but his reading breathes life into the words on the page. Thank you Mr. Smith for putting such quality and effort into this book recording and LibriVox for hosting such efforts in the public domain. I will be looking for both more Mr. Stevenson the author and Mr. Smith the reader.

A K Richardson


(5 stars)

a thoroughly enjoyable experience. kudos to Mr. Smith on his presentation, as he brought to life each character. Writers such as Robert L. Stevenson have been lost, I feel, to later generations of readers. I am thankful for Librivox readers who give of their time and talents to open again the pages of such great literature.

Mark Smith does such a good job


(5 stars)

Kidnapped is a good book. I wish I knew more about Scottish history in order to fully appreciate what was going on. very enjoyable and Mark Smith did such a good job pronouncing the Scottish names.

Fun story


(4 stars)

I like this book, not as good as Treasure Island of course, but a fun read. Especially the peek at the historical highlands. Mr Smith does a very good job reading it and reading the tough Scottish accents!

interesting book


(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed this novel ...not one I'd read before .... happy with the narrator . I was a tad irritated by the abrupt ending because I wanted to know more !! which is yet another reason why it must be a good book .... history,real characters & well read !!

I can't believe I waited this long to read this book!


(5 stars)

The reader was amazing and the story had me turning pages per say I couldn't put the book down! I would highly recommend this book I am going to look and see if the author has any other books to read.

Great Audiobook of a Great Novel


(5 stars)

I first “read” Kidnapped while driving from Delaware to the Gulf with my Grandmother when I was 12. I loved the book then—and I love it now. This is a fine recording that brings back good memories from years ago. Thank you!