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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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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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Excellent narration.

This was a very engaging performance by the narrator. He really helped bring the story to life, especially with the different voices towards the later part of the tale. I thoroughly recommend this spoken version.

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Amazing

what an amazing story; so well read. I was absorbed from the beginning! I wish it had never ended.

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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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Pleasure Crusoe

Beautifully narrated by Ron Keith. Exquisite English courtesy of DD. Loved the book and of it being read to me by Keith. Bravo.

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Awful Book

Only got to Chapter 7. Appreciate the fact that this was written in 1719 but I hated it. Indiscriminate killing, selling a boy as a slave. I don’t see what the attraction is. BLOODY AWFUL.

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old sweet classic

I read , heard and watched different versions of Daniel Defoe novel and everytime I enjoyed. There is a magic in this story that absorbes me everytime in a different way when I was a child and even now 30 years later!

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Quite Good

Perhaps the reading performance could have been better. I quite enjoyed it though, a bit of a classic.

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Adventure...

Absolutely loved this book, enjoyed the story from the start. Definitely recommend. One off my bucket list.

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Sorry, not for me.

I have to say that I found this dull, and I enjoy classic authors such as Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo etc., but I didn't get it. Listened to the whole thing and wasn't gripped once. Pity, because I know other people love it!

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  • Weatherwax
  • 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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  • Joshua
  • 10-07-18

Summer Tradition

I’ve been listening to this book with my brother every summer since I was a little kid. To me Ron Keith is Robinson Crusoe. Highly recommend this book, it’s a great story!

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  • Kay
  • 27-05-19

Great Moral Lessons....

This narration is done well... It's the story itself and the old English that makes this book quite difficult to get through... It holds some lasting moral lessons example; How Crusoe made his choices and why... However, too mant details... I was at times longing for him to get to the point... ! Glad I listened...It is a classic... Not for everyone though.... If you are interested... It would do you well to be up on your old English of the 1600's and willing to bear with the drag in the middle of this narrative.

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  • MK
  • 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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