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Robinson Crusoe | [Daniel Defoe]

Robinson Crusoe

Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.
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Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

Crusoe and Friday share in a variety of adventures, including a fierce battle with cannibals that culminates in the heroes recapturing a mutinous ship and returning to England.

Based partly on the real-life experiences of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, Defoe's novel of human endurance in an exotic, faraway land exerts a timeless appeal and has taken its rightful place among the great works of Western civilization.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"[One of the few books] 'written by mere man that was wished longer by its readers.'" (Samuel Johnson)

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-24-12
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "This Classic wasn't a classic for me"

    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.

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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 04-17-14
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Finally "read" Crusoe and it was worth it!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Schmidt Gardena, CA USA 03-02-14
    Julia Schmidt Gardena, CA USA 03-02-14
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    "John Lee never disappoints"
    What made the experience of listening to Robinson Crusoe the most enjoyable?

    The narration. Hands down. :)


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 03-04-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "1719 publish date and completely enjoyable still"

    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.

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    Kimberly SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-21-13
    Kimberly SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Much better as an adult"
    Where does Robinson Crusoe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is crisp in his delivery. It creates suspense and interest without hype.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read this book for high school lit class. I'm glad I'm acquainted with it now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 10-12-12
    Amazon Customer United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Much better than I expected!"

    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!

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    Karen CAYCE, SC, United States 05-31-12
    Karen CAYCE, SC, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2005

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    "It was green, when green was just a color"
    What did you love best about Robinson Crusoe?

    the self sufficiency, self-awareness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Robinson Crusoe?

    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.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    pleasant voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no - very enjoyable


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer United States 04-03-12
    Kindle Customer United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Much more than Friday"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim MECHANICSVILLE, VA, United States 01-15-12
    Jim MECHANICSVILLE, VA, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Captivating story of a captive"
    Where does Robinson Crusoe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Robinson Crusoe to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 03-10-11
    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 03-10-11 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "A Well-Read Colonialist Dream"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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