Tim Piggot-Smith reads J. Meade Falkner's exciting tale of a boy who gets caught up in a dangerous adventure with smugglers and treasure. Orphaned John Trenchard is just 15 when his adventures begin...
Growing up by the sea in the village of Moonfleet, John is captivated by the local legend of the ghostly Blackbeard, who rises on winter nights to search for his lost treasure. However, by accidentally discovering a secret passage under the churchyard, John stumbles on the true secret of the village: smuggling. Little does he know that becoming involved in the illegal trade leads to him being accused of murder - with a reward for his capture.
He is forced to leave home and goes on the run. Will he be able to clear his name? And can he finally track down Blackbeard's treasure?
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I thought this was unabridged.
- Nicola Brixey
Classic adventure story convincingly narrated
It was quite short and an interesting distraction on a long car journey, suitable for children and adults
The historical details, good ending, imagery.
The boat scenes
No, not really, it was just absorbing and sometimes unexpected
More Swiss Family Robinson than Stephen King, so I would judge it's place as told to mixed generations round a fireside or when driving.