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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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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    jane TUCSON, Azerbaijan 01-18-15
    jane TUCSON, Azerbaijan 01-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Retired high school english teacher / tennis coach. Owner greenhouse nursery in the '70s Substance abuse counselor

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    "Great, especially if you like john lee."

    I always thought this book was for young adults but, turns out it is more appropriate for adults. Good classic

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    Sandra Morse 01-05-15
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    "Great!"

    Great narration! Good pacing, emotion (not too dramatic nor dull), and accent. Defoe's story is a bit tedious at times, but the reading of it was marvelous and overall it's a classic worth listening to

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than any of the movies"

    I’ve seen a movie or two based off this book and this is better. There is no romance and setting the whole thing up to revolve around romance. There is no greed or quests for gold or any of the other trash they put in the movies. It’s about one man who wasn’t content with what he had, so he went looking for more and more. Each time got him in more and more trouble. In the end we need to look at what is around us before we run off to find what we’ve already had.

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    Grant Torrance, CA, United States 11-06-14
    Grant Torrance, CA, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "More spiritual enlightening than I anticipated"

    I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about getting into this book and that it would be "old and stuffy", but I was surprised at how accessible it was and the nuggets of spirituality that were sprinkled throughout. It is certainly not a religious text, but posed some interesting concepts and made me think about isolation, corruption, religion, intelligence, self-reliance, morality and other concepts that one is faced with when forced to be alone with your thoughts for a long period of time. Give this classic a try!

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    The original (or an early) castaway tale. Lots to like including parallels to Job. The intellectual father to the Life of Pi or even Gulliver's Travels.

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    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 10-01-14
    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Time Well Spent"

    It has been 30 years since I read this book. Somehow it got better. It's an amazing work when you consider it is several hundred years old. Extremely we'll written and a thoroughly enjoyable performance.

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    "Awesome classic story read well"
    What did you love best about Robinson Crusoe?

    I loved the human emotion captivated by survival


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fight with himself over life alone or death


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    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 12-17-12
    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!

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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you listen to Robinson Crusoe again? Why?

    Yes. It was a really good story.


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

    John Lee is a fantastic reader and no I have not ever listened to him before listening to Robinson Crusoe.


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    Audun Wangen Kongsvinger, Norway 06-24-12
    Audun Wangen Kongsvinger, Norway 06-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a tech geek who love stories with a twist, especially fantasy and science fiction.

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    "Feels dated"

    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.

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    Amelia CT 02-05-12
    Amelia CT 02-05-12
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    "Narration was excellent!"
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    Robinson Crusoe can be a dry read, but John Lee's narration makes this a highly enjoyable listen.

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