Robinson Crusoe

  • by Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by Duncan Carse
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Robinson Crusoe is Daniel Defoe's classic novel of shipwreck and survival, now nearly 300 years old. The story is a fictional autobiography of the title character, an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island, encountering Native Americans, captives, and mutineers. This is the tale of an ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances. Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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Preachy & Ponderous

I have read many "classics" over the decades, and am most aware that they tend to be overly long and occasionally tedious. But this book pushed even my tolerance. Interestingly, this was the last of 3 Defoe books I read, (in this case, listened to) -- the other 2 being Moll Flanders and A History of the Devil. I'm not completely up on my history of Daniel Defoe, but I suspect he must have been either a member of the clergy or a religious zealot, for all of his books come across as stories whose sole purpose is to sermonize his beliefs and values. Robinson Crusoe was tedious on many levels. The constant talk of God and the Bible consumed at least 1/3 of the book, details of no particular interest -- except perhaps to someone who may be stranded on an island sometime in the future -- took up entirely too much time, Friday (the native character) doesn't appear until nearly 3/4 of the way through the book, and very little of interest actually happens to Crusoe for the majority of his stay on the island. It is interesting to note that not one film adaptation has ever been as boring as this book. I give 2 stars only for some of the more interesting elements of the story. The narrator did a decent job of it -- but there were times you can hear the pages of his script being turned, and he occasionally stumbles and stutters over some of the lines (even pausing at the wrong moments), which would occasionally bring me out of the story. As I said, I generally enjoy classic literature, but unless you want more of a sermon and less of a story, skip it.
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- Mark

A Classic

This was a wonderful listen. I have always wanted to read this book but never had the opportunity. Listening to it while I drove was a real pleasure.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB