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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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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What. Is. Wrong. With. This. Narrator?

Incredible job - i have never known a book to be so utterly destroyed by the narration. Strange pauses, emphasis on random words...

If i had to guess i'd say this was the result of a computer translating written to speech

A great story, and an incredible job of making that story totally unenjoyable!!!

2 of 2 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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Cadence Dear Sir....cadence!

Only three things you need to know about this audio version of a classic....#1.the narrator reads with a soothing voice, but...#2 the rhythm that he reads the story in is very broken up with WAY too many pauses at very unnecessary places. He pauses 2-3 in a sentence making a single thought of Mr Robinson turn into three broken up pieces. #3 He educates people that even an all time classic can be ruined with a bad narration. Over 200 titles listened to, and this is by far the most butchered one I've experienced. Please head the warning!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bee
  • 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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

The pauses annoyed me but I liked the overall narration. I thought the slow speech emphasized the solitary aspect of the story.

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Poor narrator

I could not make it through this recording because of the narrator's performance. The narrator's unnatural cadence draws attention to itself and one cannot settle down into the story.

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Fun story

Going into it, I was of course familiar with the story. I enjoyed many episodes of Gilligan's Island and the Castaway movie. It was a really fun listen. I enjoyed the adventure and Robin's metaphysical musings on his plight. My favorite bit was his evolving estates. It did get tedious towards the end. The narrator's cadence made me worried at first, but I got over it quickly.

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horrific reading with irrational pauses constantly

narration utterly terrible. could not listen to this at all. dreadful. to the extreme. awful.

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Inspiring and well-narrated!

Inspiring classic story that should be very enjoyable to listeners of all ages — elementary school age through senior citizens: well-narrated, appropriately detailed, exciting, important life lessons, vivid word pictures, with good pacing. You will not be disappointed…

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.