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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781400176922
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Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

In his own words, Robinson Crusoe tells of the terrible storm that drowned all his shipmates and left him marooned on a deserted island. Forced to overcome despair, doubt, and self-pity, he struggles to create a life for himself in the wilderness. From practically nothing, Crusoe painstakingly learns how to make pottery, grow crops, domesticate livestock, and build a house. His many adventures are recounted in vivid detail, including a fierce battle with cannibals and his rescue of Friday, the man who becomes his trusted companion.

Full of enchanting detail and daring heroics, Robinson Crusoe is a celebration of courage, patience, ingenuity, and hard work.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucinda | 2/20/2014

    " Couldn't manage to finish it ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/17/2014

    " Awesome book full with adventures.I loved reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda Mowbray | 2/8/2014

    " I usually love these old classics, but I just don't like Defoe's style of writing. Honestly, I found it very boring and monotonous. I liked the story behind the words, but the words were just not doing it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jane | 2/4/2014

    " The themes are huge! What would you do if you were stranded on a desert island? How would you cope with the isolation? How much solitude could you bear? How many survival skills do you have? Robinson Crusoe turns to religion -opening up the themes of the prodigal son and the place of religion and spirituality in a solitary life. It sounds naive but I felt some surprise when Robinson left his island. yes, he found himself a rich man bu he just slipped back into his old life quietly. No newspaper interview or publicity about his amazing adventures - a sign of a quieter, more private era. There is adventure galore - pirates, cannibals, shipwreck, treachery and good triumphs in the end. However, sometimes I found the text quite repetitive but then the ruminations of a man isolated for over twenty years are likely to be. In the end I liked it more than expected "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemona | 1/30/2014

    " amazing adventure I love Defoe's writing style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/30/2014

    " Everybody should read this at some point in their life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 1/24/2014

    " The book Robinson Crusoe is about a seafaring man named Robinson Crusoe who sails around the world to exotic destinations, such as Africa and South America, and while sailing around the world, he gets into many interesting adventures, such as in modern-day Morocco where he becomes captured by pirates and enslaved by Moors, and in South America where he gets shipwrecked and has to survive on his own, one time meeting native cannibals. This book reminded me especially of two other books I've read in the past, Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. All three stories are survival stories where the main characters survive from accidents either on a plane or boat, and they all have to survive by themselves. Because of this, the book was very interesting to read, especially during the parts when Robinson Crusoe had to fend for himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting book about how a man survives life sailing and all the troubles that is causes him doing so, including being stranded on a "mostly" deserted island. I do think many boys who don't particularly enjoy reading much would like this one full of adventures & trials. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lex Write | 1/22/2014

    " I have read it four times for a class in the last 4 years so at this point I am so sick of this book. I seem to recall liking it the first time but at this point I never want to have to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salma | 1/17/2014

    " I think that this is a classic, very interesting and easy to follow, a little bit hard to relate to but you can kind of imagine it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Lange | 1/15/2014

    " A literary classic. I found this provoking adventure story a bit boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rafaat Shaeer | 1/14/2014

    " this book is just awesome. I read it when i was almost 8 years old. Now um 20 and still this book gives the feeling of joy,adventure which i felt 12 years back.A true classic indeed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Bruen | 1/5/2014

    " Overall, a great plot but painfully executed. I appreciate this book for what it is, one of the first English novels, and try to overlook the horrible colonialism and arrogant religious attitudes as being a feature of the times. However, I rating on my enjoyment of it, I felt annoyed and bored more often than entertained more. It was easier reading than I expected for such an old book, but Robinson's attitude was harder to stomach than I was prepared for and a lot of it was so repetitive and boring, the narration basically sucks and it suffers from serious lack of editing. And just when we should get closure, we have to endure battling wolves and teasing bears - I tried skimming the last couple of chapters, but fearing I missed something reread them and that was a waste of time. I think I'm glad I read it, I certainly won't be giving this to my kids to read. I think it's time has passed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alissa Giacona | 12/24/2013

    " What a vile character! Racist, untrustworthy, privileged. That would be fine if Defoe had set about making an anti-hero, but something tells me that's not what this is. As for the book itself, the incessant repetition irked me more than anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 12/23/2013

    " Robinson Crusoe was an amazing book that both described religion and the loneliness on a deserted island. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Gager | 12/10/2013

    " I'm pretty sure I read this way back in the day as well as much more recently. Didn't everybody? Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 12/7/2013

    " An interesting 2nd read, first time was in school at an early age and I clearly didn't recall the "depth" of the story. Back cover claims it to be the first English novel ever written.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristi | 12/4/2013

    " o citisem la scoala si dupa multi ani am recitito, prima parte a fost buna cand era pe insula merita 4 stele, a doua parte cu aventurile in afara insulei merita 2 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 12/1/2013

    " Beginning was boring; the stripped-down version I read was entertaining but not particularly memorable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Utech | 12/1/2013

    " Boring and slow in pacing caused me to give up on this book. Maybe reading Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson before had me expecting a quicker paced island adventure. Maybe it picked up, I'll never know . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan Tello | 11/3/2013

    " For a classic, not bad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 10/6/2013

    " Good book, fun, easy read, but some of the repetitive parts about God and "providence" get old after a while. Also, incredibly racist in today's context... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 9/4/2013

    " Robinson Crusoe was an amazing book that both described religion and the loneliness on a deserted island. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 8/10/2013

    " Not the worst, but pretty annoying. I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/2/2013

    " The classic tale of a shipwrecked explorer holds up after 300+ years. While it does tend at times to prattle on about the details of island life, the constant terrors of living in isolation are illustrated in riveting mini-tales. A must-read for the lover of classic fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eLLen | 6/24/2013

    " This book was written over 200 years ago and its message is still applicable to today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruye | 6/10/2013

    " I thought it gave me courage to be independent to work and study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brady Patterson | 3/15/2013

    " I love the old language. It was a pleasure to read if a bit slow at times. For a book of fiction written in the 1700's, it was a pleasant read. It was interesting to get a glimpse into the past and the way we used to treat other people as well as a great lesson as to man's resilience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amee | 2/27/2013

    " First part was good, ending was somewhat laborious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 1/23/2013

    " so glad i finally read this classic! even though it was written in the 1700s, it was so interesting and easy-to-read, you would've thought it was just written. this book spawned a whole new genre and i can see why. if you love survivor-type adventures, this book is for you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Widad Diab | 12/22/2012

    " I wish I had something decent to say about this novel, but regretfully, I don't. I found myself daydreaming while reading this book and that only happens when the content is uninteresting, in other words, boring. Very dissatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/20/2012

    " I was surprised to find that it had a lot to do with a young man discovering who he was. 'Into the Wild' was the same way. I really connected to this book when I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vladimira Zhivkova | 9/13/2012

    " A book written by an accountant. That's it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Prashansa | 8/31/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/18/2012

    " I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this. Parts of it dragged on a bit longer than necessary, but I can see why it's a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/22/2012

    " His tenacity and will to live are captivating. Vivid characters. Compelling. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy | 5/21/2012

    " Really enjoyed Crusoe, long read and many dull moments but well worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 4/17/2012

    " I couldn't put the stupid book down. I got yelled at for staying up to late for reading this thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/16/2012

    " It wasn't horrible. It lagged big time in the middle when he was on the island, good lord I thought I'd never make it through. But near the end it got a lot better. Definitely a classic though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elvis Is King | 3/2/2012

    " Best book I've ever read. Bar none. Freakin' masterpiece! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malak.h | 1/31/2012

    " I'd like to recommend this book to everyone i hate. it will make them consider suicide. The word "shitty" does not give this book justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dewayne Stark | 9/15/2011

    " Had never read this classic. There is more to this that a barefoot print found on the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/13/2011

    " its an old book about a guy on a deserted island. as long as you understand that going in so you dont expect laser weapons and talking fish you should like it. "

  • 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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.