Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-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.
Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.
This is one of those books I have always been meaning to read but never have. In America's public education system, we are not required to do much reading anymore so this one was never assigned and therefore I never had the discipline to set aside time and read it on my own. I am so glad I was able to purchase the audio version. The story lends itself well to audiobook and, while the prose is definitely from another era, it is still very understandable and the themes of the book are timeless. I think even older children would enjoy listening to this one on family car trips this summer.
The narration. Hands down. :)
John Lee's narration is smooth, firm and interesting to listen to. He transitions flawlessly from character to character, giving each one an accurate accent and intonation. It brought an otherwise sometimes tedious book to life.
This book was written in a time long before TV, movies, radio and Internet. Books were one of the few entertainments afforded in life and life moved at a slower pace. The endless lists of supplies, the repetition of events, and the intricate descriptions were welcomed by the audience of the day. Not so much by today's audience, but once you can slow down your mindset and get into the cadence of the time, this book becomes more accessible. One other note is that this book was written by a Puritan, so despite all Hollywood has attempted to do over the years whenever it gets its hands on yet another adaptation, this is not primarily an adventure story. It is an introspective view of repentance. Focusing on the now-politically-incorrect customs of that day can be a diverting discussion, but if all one walks away with is a "people were so unenlightened about racism and slavery back then," one will completely miss the point of the book.
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.
I thought I knew this story, but I was wrong. As the classics go, this one was wonderful. I truly enjoyed the story and the narration. Great job!
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
Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure
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.