Summary

Stevenson's brooding historical romance demonstrates his most abiding theme, the elemental struggle between good and evil, as it unfolds against a hauntingly beautiful Scottish landscape, amid the fierce loyalties and violent enmities that characterized Scottish history.
When two brothers attempt to split their loyalties between the warring factions of the 1745 Jacobite rising, one family finds itself tragically divided. Stevenson's remarkably vivid characterizations create an acutely moving, psychologically complex work wherein the brothers' characters, not the historical facts, shape the drama.
The Master of Ballantrae opens in the old Scottish house of Durrisdeer, ancestral home of the Duries, a family divided by the Jacobite rising of 1745. Its adventure draws in seas voyages, piracy, buried treasure, magic and nightmare, and centers on the fatal rivalry between two brothers, James and Henry, and the wealthy and beautiful kinswoman who loves one brother but marries the other.
(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"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." (Arthur Conan Doyle)
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5 out of 5 stars
By P on 18-08-11

Like Flashman? Love Ballantrae!

A rip roaring tale with a devilishly ambigious main character brilliantly read by James Adams - enjoy!

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4 out of 5 stars
By William on 23-03-10

A excellent little adventure

A well read, easy to follow story, in the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson

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