ac
Silksoundbooks audio book mp3 and iPod download
nothing selected
coming soon
List Entire Library
Adventure
Childrens Books
Classics
Comedy
Detective
Fantasy
Ghost Stories
Great ideas for Fathers Day
Horror
Poetry
Romance
Short Stories
List Entire Library
 
Silksoundbooks - MP3 Audio Books For Download
browse the exclusive MP3 audio book downloads catalogue
unabridged audio books read by famous performers
browse MP3 audio books for your iPod by authors
login to download your MP3 audio books or gift vouchers
about Silksoundbooks
frequently asked questions about Silksoundbooks, downloading and unabridged audio books
contact Silksoundbooks about our fantastic MP3 audio books
Home » Authors » Robert Louis Stevenson

About Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh into a prestigious family of lighthouse designers and engineers on his father’s side and moral philosophers on his mother’s. His mother’s legacy to the young Stevenson was rather more damaging however in that he inherited her weak lungs which dominated his short life until his death forty-four years later.

Stevenson did not begin writing seriously until he was twenty-five after he had acquired a legal qualification, at his family’s insistence. Maybe through the stress of completing a legal degree under duress, his health was however seriously failing and Stevenson was sent abroad to seek warmer climates. He travelled to France where he felt an immediate affinity with the more easy going Southern culture changing his name from Lewis to Louis following the French spelling. It was here that he did the bulk of his best work including Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson audio book downloads:

Markheim Audiobook

Markheim Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Alan Howard

The stabbing of an antique dealer on Christmas Day leads the murderer, Markheim to try to justify his life to the devil in an in depth discussion about the nature of good and evil. His evening ends quite differently from how he'd planned it and results in him making an admission of guilt for the killing...

Alan Howard's magnificent performance really brings out the mystery of this story.

Free with this audiobook we have included “The Pavilion on the Links” by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Alan Howard.

Download both for just £7.95 direct to your computer
.

A Lodging for the Night Audiobook

A Lodging for the Night Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Alan Howard

In A Lodging for the night, a dissolute Parisian student finds himself forced into accepting the favors of a venerable and respected knight on a cold winter's evening in 1456. The ensuing dinner conversation is spellbinding.

Download this book and receive Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, also read by Alan Howard, absolutely FREE !

Treasure Island Audiobook

Treasure Island Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Timothy West

This highly entertaining audio book, read by star actor Timothy West, was first conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse the author's step-son.  Treasure Island began with the map - young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island and Stevenson, looking over the boy’s shoulder began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island, Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure. From this gentlest of beginnings has come one of the fiercest and best loved novels of piracy and fortune in the history of literature. It is Lloyd’s lasting legacy that he insisted there be no girls in the story!

It tells the story of Jim Hawkins who having acquired a map to the vast treasure of the fabled Captain Flint, sets out with a sponsor, Squire Trelawney, who has been tricked into crewing up his ship with the remaining members of the notorious Flint’s band of pirates. Mutiny, maroonings and treasure follow, with the wonderful character of Long John Silver, not only providing a truly sophisticated analysis of the fact that morality is never simple but also forever fixing peg legs and parrots as the only uniform of the true buccaneer.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Audiobook

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Alan Howard


The celebrated English actor Alan Howard reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s masterpiece - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde -  in this unabridged audiobook available exclusively from Silksoundbooks.

A nightmare from which he was furious to have been woken was the inspiration for this successful and famous work. Having been stirred from what he termed “a fine bogey tale” Stevenson set about putting his nightmare onto paper. It reputedly took him only three days to write but the story of a split personality, warring with itself between righteousness and immorality is as much a part of modern thought as it became in 1885.

The story of the upright and moral Dr Jekyll and his horrific and uncontrollable other within has been seen as an allegory for the chronic duality of the Victorian Era with its insistence on outward respectability and its underbelly of vice and exploitation. History has it that the first draft of the novella was burnt by Stevenson in response to his wife’s criticisms, possibly about the explicitly sexual nature of the wild Mr Hyde’s nocturnal exploits, and the chilling vagueness of the final version’s descriptions of his pursuits adds to the Victorian nature of the story as much as to the horror of the man.

Download Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and receive A Lodging for the Night by Robert Louis Stevenson FREE!

The Pavilion on the Links Audiobook

The Pavilion on the Links Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Alan Howard

Robert Louis Stevenson’s lengthy short story The Pavilion on the Links, was considered by Arthur Conan-Doyle to be “the first short story in the world”. This unsettlingly nerve-wracking tale is every bit as chilling as its much wider known follower The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and at the time of its publication was every bit as successful

Stevenson makes the choice in the story of having two fairly unpleasant characters for his main protagonists. Both deeply antipathetic to the rest of humankind, he is wickedly funny about the two men’s friendship which as the narrator himself confesses was “scarcely a companionship, but a coexistence of unsociability”.

Download The Pavilion on the Links, and get Alan Howard's reading of 'Markheim' by Robert Louis Stevenson   FREE!

Kidnapped Audiobook

Kidnapped Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Nicholas Rowe

This unabridged audio book download of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, read by star actor Nicholas Rowe, starts with the newly orphaned David Balfour travelling to his uncle’s terrifying House of Shaws.

Having failed in an attempt to murder young David the miserly Ebeneezer Balfour, who would rather keep the fortune to which the child is now entitled, arranges for a kidnapping aboard a ship bound for the New World. A fortunate collision with a small craft from France carrying young Balfour’s saviour in the shape of Alan Breck Stewart, saves the boy from the intended slavery and sets him on the extraordinary journey across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland that has become one of the most famous adventure stories of our time.

Download the unabridged audio book Kidnapped  read by Nicholas Rowe today for just £7.95

Displaying 1 to 6 (of 6 exclusive audiobooks)