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Publisher's Summary

"For many days we had been tempest-tossed...the raging storm increased in fury until on the seventh day all hope was lost." So begins this delightful adventure story. The Robinson family, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and four sons, will emerge alive from this terrible storm, bringing to land two dogs and a shipload of livestock: hens, pigeons, and geese. Inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, this uplifting tale relates a family's ingenuity and courage as they struggle to survive on an exotic tropical island.
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5 out of 5 stars
By B. Junkin-Mills on 12-29-04

A review from my (10 year-old) son:

"Mom - quick, go to the audible website and give this one 5 stars. I loved it!"

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ron on 01-28-05

Great Story, recording has flaws

The story is a classic and well worth listening too. My son really got into it and started looking for excuses to go for car rides (which is where I keep my iPod). The only fault I can give is in technical merit... there are numerous repeats, some up to a minute long. If not for that, this would be a five star review.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Love to read on 08-19-14

Dated Rubbish

What disappointed you about The Swiss Family Robinson?

Almost everything ,the basic idea of a family of Robinson Crusoes on a desert island is a good one but oh boy! Didn't he get it wrong

Would you ever listen to anything by Johann David Wyss again?

Not if it is on this level

Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

Not if I was paid to listen,he was dreadful.A would be Brian Sewell soundalike who pronounced shone to rhyme with mown.He also kept pausing when a pause wasn't called for,asthma or lack of technique ?to call his voice pompous& boring would be an understatement

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Swiss Family Robinson?

Every new animal,bird,reptile or whatever the first reaction even among the children was to kill it,I'd edit all those out.Every subject under the sun that was mentioned Papa was a world class expert on it & gave the reader/listener a full lecture on it,boring & incredibly irritating.

Any additional comments?

I read the book many years ago when the glaring improbability of the story didn't register with me.A tropical island with animals who didn't belong on the same continent let alone an island.The same island is almost a floating supermarket everything you need on the shelves.A man who although his actual calling is never mentioned is a genius at everything he attempts,I was expecting him to instal double glazing & Central heating at any moment.A awful,unbelievable piece of tripe.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 09-19-14

appalling narrator

What would have made The Swiss Family Robinson better?

A different narrator. You cannot change the story but the narrator read this as a diary not a novel. Perhaps this was as it was meant to be read but a less conceited and pompous approach with a more interesting narrator would have been a great improvement.

What was most disappointing about Johann David Wyss’s story?

Not disappointed in story, wanted to read the original as opposed to the Disney Film version.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

Davina Porter for one. I am amazed at how many voices she can do and how she injects feeling into the narrative (Diana Gabaldon novels).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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