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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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A Classic

The story is timeless. The rest is up to the narrator. To this, Mr. Lee is in a class by himself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Of course the book is a classic and a great story. But I would like to mention that this narrator is very good and brings this timeless work to life. I'm an artist and like to listen to these books while I paint away, sometimes for 10 or 12 hrs a day. This narrator's diction is very good which means that I can listen to him all day without tiring our my ears.

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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.

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A true delight

The book is a must read. It offers very good insights into human psyche, technology, concepts (such as government, division of labor etc.), and reasoning. I strongly advise it to read and discuss with your children.
As for the narrator, this was my second book by John Lee. Both books were from true masters of their trades and John Lee’s narration matched the prominences of those writers and their books.
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classic story

filled with excellent descriptions of the scenery, characters with wonderful stories to tell, this is a must read

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Wonderful

Wonderful... i never read it when i was young... was worth the wait... the lessons are better for someone in later years than in youth... so not really a kid book at all.. odd how books get categorized like this as a book for youth

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Very good book.

One of the absolute classics. Well read by the narrator. I recommend it highly especially if you have never read it before.

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Powered through

The performance was very clinical with little passion about the story. The last few chapters felt like they were a different story. Glad to have the book in my library.

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Great book! This is a really great read

Would you listen to Robinson Crusoe again? Why?

I have listened to this about 5 times, and will do so again soon

What did you like best about this story?

It is based on a true story (loosely)

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

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Classic!

Great narrator for this story. such a delight to listen to. love the story too, makes me want to head out on an adventure of my own.