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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (80,130 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455191444
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Shipwrecked and cast ashore on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for twenty-four years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Friday and makes him his companion and servant. Crusoe and Friday share in a variety of adventures, including a fierce battle with cannibals that culminates in the heroes recapturing a mutinous ship and returning to England.

Based partly on the real-life experiences of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, Defoe’s novel of human endurance in an exotic, faraway land exerts a timeless appeal and has taken its rightful place among the great works of Western civilization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Written by mere man that was wished longer by its readers.”

    Samuel Johnson

  • “[Robinson Crusoe], it can be argued, has had more impct on writing…than any other book in the English language.”

    Avi, Newbery Award–winning author

  • “John Lee’s performance provides an excellent reason to listen to this classic of English literature.”


  • “John Lee does an excellent job narrating this classic shipwreck adventure story."


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dillonef | 6/29/2011

    " but I was little and reading it for spite so this review may be very off "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jurek | 6/29/2011

    " Would that I were so productive as to multiple my store to bountifully in this society as did Mr. Crusoe when he had none but cats and goats with which to divert himself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 6/28/2011

    " It was a book that I think most should read, but I did not much care for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russell | 6/15/2011

    " A hugely influential work that seems to be a metaphor for European capitalism and expansion, accompanied by the expected hubris.

    After having read this I would recommend Swift's Gulliver's Travels which takes a more pessimistic view of man's nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candi | 6/13/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into this book, I'm not sure I ever really did. I'm not sure I liked the main character that much. Which made the book difficult for me to read since he's alone for a good chunk of it. Although it was interesting to see how his mind worked and to see his creativity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 6/13/2011

    " i like this story but the language is too difficult for young people today. They won't stay with it to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 6/10/2011

    " Cannibals?! Long entries about acquiring provisions to survive on a deserted island?! Heavy-handed morality messages. I'm so glad that "children's literature" has evolved. I wouldn't have wanted to read this one as a child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Prashansa | 6/8/2011

    " Well, the whole book was a collection of boring stuff. I just liked the part where Crusoe built his so-called castle. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe (1660–1731), born in London as Daniel Foe, was a novelist, pamphleteer, journalist, and political spy. He is celebrated for his frank and dramatic realism in fiction and the accuracy, vigor, and lucidity of his journalism. Considered the father of the English novel, he was also the first author of ghost stories in English literature. He is best known for his novels Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders.

About the Narrator

John Lee has narrated more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and has twice won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.