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After the Robinsons - a minister, his wife, and their 4 young sons - are shipwrecked on a desert island, they must adapt to their new environment, which includes exotic birds and animals, but none of the comforts they enjoyed in their native Switzerland. Without modern conveniences or even clocks and calendars, the Robinsons must use common sense to build a home, find food, and tame the island's wild animals. Through their struggles and achievements, the courageous family not only survives, but finds a spiritual happiness that they never experienced in their civilized homeland.

©1812 Johann David Wyss (P)1994 Recorded Books, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This is one of the dearest old books in the world." (W.D. Howells)

What listeners say about The Swiss Family Robinson

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Awesome version!!!!!!!

You know the story never changes, but it doesn't seem the same with Mr. Guidall reading it. He took us to that island, every step of the way. We laughed when the cheldren laughed, cried when our hearts were touched. He gives so much life to this reading that our daughter thought that there were many people reading. Please do not hesitate to get this. When you feel like part of the Robinson family, you couldn't for better. A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++




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An Entertaining Novel...

which extols the virtues of moral behavior toward other humans and animals as well as industry and critical thinking in tight situations. Wyss devised this novel as something of an instructional manual for right living, a kind of didactic Robinson Crusoe, to be read and followed by his sons, but the wonderful adventure makes this also an entertaining and enjoyable read. A great classic for both children and adults!

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Well worth the time.

This is a particularly good book for younger boys. Much is here to help build character while being most entertaining.

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Great Family Read

My eight year old and I listened together. He enjoyed the story. The book sparked lot of great conversations and interesting questions. I appreciated the narration. The language and vocabulary is complex for child, but the narrator was clear and read with great fluency.

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Excellent Listening!

The reader does an excellent job of voices and is never boring. Well paced and truly delightful listening.

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Great Listen

I enjoyed this very much. If you haven't read or listened to this book in the past few years, or ever, I suggest that you do now. It is a lot of fun.

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One of my top ten or fifteen books

Really good book with neat lessons for families. Both exciting and educational. It may drag a little in the middle, but very worth finishing.

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Lovely story

Narrator was like a father reading a beloved book to his children. before bed. I loved this rendition.

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Full family entertainment!

Good for any person of any age. They will find joy in many different areas of the many characters situations.

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Great classic book, not the best recording

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This is a great classic book, but the recording is not very sharp and sometimes difficult to hear clearly, everyone should read "listen" to this book maybe just try another copy.

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