Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
I enjoyed listening through this story with my 11 year old son. The story is not politically correct in regards to Crusoe's opinion of Friday. THis is easy to get over and to enjoy this amazing tale of surviving alone on an island. This is the original version of the story and gives priority to Crusoe's faith in God. I have read this book several times, and I didn't remember all the detail re his life after he left the island. I am not sure if that is because of my memory or that it is edited out in other 'unabridged versions.
If you like survival stories, this is a classic and worthy of it's place in literary history. Both my son and I would be happy to listen to it again.
the self sufficiency, self-awareness.
His relationship with the cannibals. First, he thinks they should be killed. Then he comes to realize he doesn't have that right. Who is to say whose beliefs are 'correct'? When he saves Friday from the cannibals. It is interesting that Crusoe teaches Friday the word 'master' first.
Also, the parrot and what the parrot says.
no - very enjoyable
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
This is the second classic book (Great Expectations was the first) that I've listened to because I didn't really pay attention when I was in school 40+ years ago. I gave Great Expectations five stars. I gave this book three. It was repetitive and moved rather slowly. Maybe the predictability of the story detracted from the overall effect. It seemed rather politically incorrect but that's largely due, I suspect, to the fact it was written in the early 1700s. I wonder if it's not being used in schools today because of that political incorrectness. I was also quite amazed at Crusoe's marksmanship with the crude guns with which he armed himself. He never seemed to miss. I enjoyed the listen more after Friday came into his life and I suppose that makes sense since there was a second character to be developed. Were this not a classic I probably would have questioned why I bothered to listen in the first place. The narrator was adequate although very monotonous. The listen satisfied my curiosity but did very little more for me.
Viet vet, currently RN. Popular and trendy are not necessarily great. Time weeds the path to the garden of great classics
I thought I knew this story. Far from it this was a long and involved and very well written story by someone who had the ability to put themselves in those shoes. Some may say the details of the narrative made it drag but I think it made the story rich and real. Adventure writing done right.
This ranks as one of the best audiobooks I've listened too. The kind of book you hate to see end. Terrific narration by John Lee. This was my first listen with this narrator, he keeps you hooked all the way through the story.
Alfred Lansing's, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, a true story set in Antarctica opposite Crusoe's climate, but has all the survival against-all-odds elements. Another story in a similar vein as Robinson Crusoe is Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand. The survival odyssey of Louie Zamperini. Also worth noting is Louie L'amour's, Last of the Breed, the fictional adventure of an AF pilot who relies on his ancient Indian instincts to survive and escape through Siberia.
It is always a treat to find a great narrator; someone who can lead you into another area of literature. John Lee is one of them.
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
John Lee???s reading of Robinson Crusoe is impeccable, with his usual appealing manner and perfect pacing and pronunciation and understanding. And the novel is a classic of English literature, having influenced many later books and genres. And the story is compelling, especially during the years on the deserted island in which Robinson Crusoe must work out how to live by himself, in ways both physical (food and shelter) and spiritual (faith and understanding). Defoe???s detailed imagining of what it would be like to be shipwrecked and survive sound in mind and body on a deserted Caribbean island in the mid-seventeenth century is impressive. The book is sometimes funny, as when the parrot Crusoe???s been trying to teach to speak finally starts talking, waking up Robinson by repeatedly saying, ???Poor Robin, Poor Robin Crusoe,??? the phrase that Crusoe in his self-pity was wont to say to the parrot. The book is also sometimes exciting, as when Crusoe deals with ???savages??? and mutineers. And, despite its old age, it is clearly written, with easy to follow syntax and vocabulary.
There are two main problems I found with the novel that prevent me from giving it five stars: first, the resolution (the ending after the climax) is way too long and detailed and dragging, and second, the world view of the novel (accepting African slavery, conversion of American ???savages??? to Christianity, natural ascendancy of the white man over animals and nature and people of different colors, favorable view of ???compassionate??? or ???rational??? or ???productive??? colonization, and so on), rub me the wrong way. It???s unfair to criticize books that are products of different eras for not being politically correct in terms of today???s worldview, but the first criticism is, I think, valid.
Anyway, I am very glad to have familiarized myself with this important work of English literature, and do recommend this audiobook.
Have been reading classics lately and after two books written in 1800's referred to Robinson Crusoe, decided to give it a try and so glad I did. John Lee was perfect voice for Robinson who like a dear friend, confides his life and how he came to spend 24 years alone being shipwrecked on an island. I found the story, his feelings and the events experienced - both believable and entertaining. It is not a swash-buckling adventure despite cannibals, pirates, escape from slavery and sunken ships... it does meander a bit. However, if you enjoy classic books, this is a great, must read.
This book was very good. The story line is excellent and I connected with the hero as well as the other characters. The fortune seeker is there in all of us. This story shows what can go wrong, then right. I liked the spiritual references without being heavy handed about it.
The narrator is crisp in his delivery. It creates suspense and interest without hype.
I never read this book for high school lit class. I'm glad I'm acquainted with it now.
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Yes. It was a really good story.
John Lee is a fantastic reader and no I have not ever listened to him before listening to Robinson Crusoe.
I'm a tech geek who love stories with a twist, especially fantasy and science fiction.
It's not so much the language, but something about the storyline makes this book seem dated. Not that I expected it to be otherwise, but for some reason I didn't like it. We all know the story of Robinson Crusoe, but it somehow felt more like a diary (which it is, kind of) than an adventure.
John Lee did a nice narration, and makes it easy to follow the dialogue. Some scenes could be more dramatized, though.