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Publisher's Summary

Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel that has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe.

He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, 24 years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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the narrators voice could cure insomnia

ive read the book a few times in the past its a great story but this narrator can talk you to sleep if i didnt love the book so much i wouldn't have finnished it

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Poor narration

Narration is awfully difficult to follow. Bizarre pauses in the middle of sentences and emphasis on random words throughout.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • glazner
  • Roseburg, OR United States
  • 12-13-17

Narrator. Reads with. Strange. Pauses.

Robinson Crusoe captured my imagination years ago in spite of culturally offensive attitudes of the author's day. However, the bizarre and sense-muddling syncopation of this narrator is hard to bear. It would be difficult to exaggerate how bad it is. The reader's tone is ok, but the rhythm is so far off and so independent of the punctuation, that it's actually a challenge to follow the story. It's a no for me.

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Falling into a coma

The whole story is dry beyond belief. I have never hear what could have been such a thrilling story told with such utter disinterest. The reader does not help, either. His droning tone makes the problem worse. How this became a classic is beyond me, maybe tastes were different at the time. Whatever the case, it does not hold up, and I would give it a pass.

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A great adventure

I have figured out to listen to Munro read at 1.35 makes a great story.

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A Classic Must-Read Survival Story

Now I understand why, at the time of it's original publishing, that this story was nearly as widely printed and translated as the Bible itself. Imagine living at that time when the New World was just being discovered and reading tales like this. It's extremely well written and doesn't feel like fiction at all, for the most part. The ending story is a bit silly, but overall the book is wonderful and takes you on a cozy island adventure.

Alan Munro isn't the most exciting narrator to listen to. He has a great voice, but he lacks the passion of others. He didn't do a bad job though. It's great to listen to this story around bedtime. As another reviewer wrote 'this man's voice can cure insomnia'.

I highly highly recommend this book, especially at this very cheap price. Worth every penny.

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STOP!! Most untalented reader!!! Do not buy this version!!!

Around third grade we are taught to pay attention to PUNCTUATION!!! This guy Alan Munro hacks every sentence with his unbearable illiteracy!! Sounds like this guy re-punctuates every sentence so he can read every one in 3-4 parts making a beautiful text a confusing bunch of random words!! He's terrible!! Listen to a demo first!!! My eight year old niece LITERALLY reads better than this guy!!!! I deserve a refund for such an insult!!! I will not buy any books read by this yo-yo again!! I say yo-yo because he READS UP and then down then with rAndoM inflections!!

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Fine story, poor narration.

Story, is read, with many pauses. It takes, one could say, some, getting use to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Old-fashioned Adventure

I enjoyed the story but had a hard time with the narration. Is the narrator computer generated?

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awesome story

awesome story great narrorator. it was a thought intertaining adventure i highly recommend buying this

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  • Magnus
  • 12-27-14

Dull, almost monotone reading

Would you try another book written by Daniel Defoe or narrated by Alan Munro?

The book is great, but it is spoilt by a dull reader. I will certainly not buy anything read by this narrator again.

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

Lots. It is a super book.

How could the performance have been better?

Having it read by someone with more life in his voice.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A different narrator would bring the book to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Breen
  • 09-26-13

Interesting Book but Meh!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was on a list of must reads... maybe it was just the narrator but this was a bit of a struggle. One day i might try again with a physical copy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The parrot.... In fact I think Castaway's Wilson was a more interesting character than Man-Friday.

Any additional comments?

While Alan Munro has a nice voice to listen to (Thus having more than 1 star), I found his cadence to be annoying at best. It seemed like this was his first read though and he might as well have been reading a shopping list with lack of passion he put into this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-17

classic story, not particularlly well told, not pa


a classic story the new he was crap but I'm glad I got through it

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  • 12-19-15

Very Poor Reading

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This great work has been let down by the performance of the reader

What did you like best about this story?

This was, is, and always will be a classic

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The disjointed way Alan Munro presents this work is very disapointing

Any additional comments?

Take care, although I previewed this recording before purchase, I was not prepared for the way Alan Munro has presented this classic. It is very disjointed.