The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter’s Tale

By Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by James Adams

8.25 Hours 11/18/2009 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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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Author Bio: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was born in Scotland. He studied engineering and law at the University of Edinburgh and then began writing while traveling in France. The publication of Treasure Island in 1883 brought him fame and entered him on a course of romantic fiction beloved by young and old alike.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 8.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English