Robinson Crusoe, first published in 1719, was Defoe’s first novel and survives as his best-known work. Loosely based on a true account of a Scottish sailor—Alexander Selkirk—it is a tale of one man’s fall from grace and progress to redemption. The account of Crusoe’s life, scratched out with rationed indigo ink on a dwindling supply of paper salvaged from the hull of a wrecked ship, speaks eloquently of the tenacity and ingenuity of the human spirit.
Public Domain (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 07-11-13

Very good, very old!

I was after a true, classic adventure survival story. Stemming from my recent love for a survival video game called Minecraft. I wanted a really detailed step-by-step adventure. Robinson Caruso gave me just this!

It is quite obvious that this story was written a very long time ago (one of the first of its kind). On a side note - the vast differences between normal life back then and now (slaves, racism, communication etc.) actually provide some wonderful incite into human nature and social development.

The story is a true epic; adventure, action, disaster and overwhelming joy. It really gives you an appreciation for what you have and how to make the best of a bad situation.

Many lesions to learn and fun to be had. Lovely story, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone! Enjoy.

The voice recording was done quite some time ago and is not flawless. Never the less, a good performance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adam on 08-03-17

great classic, greatly told

The narrator had a very easy voice to listen to that added realism to the old story

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3 out of 5 stars
By Homeschool Mom on 28-05-16

A picture in time

Robinson Crusoe is a classic that is alluded to in other literature. It is also considered the first English novel. For those reasons, it is worth reading.

However, the story wanders and often retraces its steps. As a result, it was a wonderful bedtime read to help me fall asleep.

It was also a fascinating look into the early 18th century mind. It is unabashedly racist. White supremacy abounds. The humble pride of the narrator was laughable.

I am glad that I read this book, and it lends itself to discussion. The reader was excellent. All in all the book is a good glimpse into the past, encouraging me that we do live in a better time.

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3 out of 5 stars
By MK on 17-10-15

Not the literary masterpiece I expected

I know this is supposed to be a literary masterpiece but I found it lacking. Specifically:
- the story is told for several chapters and the retold in the reading of Robinsons journal.
- Crusoe has many advantages for being deserted on an island. Tools, guns, gun powder and ammo that lasts 30+ years(?). He grows corn, rice and barley and has goat milk, cheese?
- there was little depth to the character and after a while I found I didn't even like him.

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