The Swiss Family Robinson

Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 16 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A horrible tempest hurls an abandoned ship against the shoal rocks with the force of a hurricane. Once the tremendous storm passes, a family appears from within the crushed vessel. Now a father, a mother, and their four sons must carve out a new life for themselves on an unchartered tropical island. Come and join the Swiss Family Robinson, as they learn how to survive while battling the savage forces of nature and discover the wonders of their own paradise.

Public Domain (P)2010 B. J. Harrison

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Shipwrecked!

If you could sum up The Swiss Family Robinson in three words, what would they be?

shipwrecked adventure resourcefulness

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The pastor seemed to have infinite knowledge of all subjects, and knew the exact use for every plant or animal they encountered. This was a little hard to believe after awhile.

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favorite?

Pretty much the whole story was in the voice of the father, from his point of view, without different inflections for different characters, so no voice stands out except that of the narrator.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Overall, a very enjoyable story. The voice of the reader was pleasant to listen to, and the story was engaging.

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Not complete

This is only half of the actual novel! It is not complete. Buyer beware. Much.

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Boys love it!

My two boys loved this adventure, and listen to it over and over again.
The narrator does a good job in the telling of this story.

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super preachy. Robinson Caruso was better.<br />

this is a book written for children to teach them to love God back in the eighteen-hundreds. The adventure story is less important to the author then the moral lessons he teaches in the story. The author somehow manages to make exciting Adventures into boring moral lessons.

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  • 07-01-19

Enjoyable

An enjoyable classic for those who love nature. could see the possibility of using it for homeschool purposes.

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Missing a character and has an altered ending!

According to other sources, there was a character, Jenny Montrose, who is shipwrecked on the island after the family and is found by Fritz. Because of her, a ship arrives in rescue much later and some of the family elects to return home. None of this is in this book! Disappointing!

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Abridged version is actually better

My 7 year old daughter and I read a Children’s Illustrated classic version of this story together and enjoyed it. She wanted to share it with her sisters and I thought an unabridged version would only be better. Wrong. Too much minutia to be a moving story or decent moral lesson. Plus the ending was a let down. The BJ Harrison’s reading was excellent at 1.25x speed. Overall though we enjoyed the illustrated classic better.

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loved this book best so far..

I had seen the move but found the book very good I was completely drawn in..

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A Wordy Classic

The readers voice was the best preferred to listen to by myself and my children but it is a very long, wordy version.

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Disappointed

sections were missing.. some favorite parts of the later years were not included.. ending was different than I remember

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  • siobhan brophy
  • 09-01-19

such a classic

I enjoyed listening to the swift family Robinson. it was read well and I was taken off to their little island every evening. thank you

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  • 11-11-14

Very Far Fetched Story

I realise it is fiction but seriously? how extremely lucky were the Swiss Family Robinson to land on an island where they came across so many things they knew exactly what to do with to make so many things so very easily?

I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to really get in to the story.