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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74,927 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Johann Wyss Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781428193697
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This story, long considered a young adult classic, holds a rich fascination for mature readers as well. Share with the Robinsons—a minister, his wife, and four sons—as they survive a shipwreck and then adapt to life on an island populated by exotic birds and animals. Through small successes and disappointments, not only does this courageous family survive, but comes to find a happiness that eluded them in their civilized homeland.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/20/2014

    " Really liked the book and clever things they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Duggan | 2/16/2014

    " I read a different edition as a child and it helped instill in me a lifelong love of reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Condello | 2/13/2014

    " One of the books that I loved as a child. It helped me to re-imagine my hill forts as refuges in the wild. Wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 2/12/2014

    " I read and re-read this book several times as a child, and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it again as an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amal Samaranayake | 2/9/2014

    " long book lot of detail "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zac Case | 2/8/2014

    " Kids enjoyed it. They loved all the animal adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 2/7/2014

    " I read this in the 4th grade and it has always been one of my favorite stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story. Really captured my imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/23/2014

    " My house will never be as tight as the Robinson house. But that's ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacia Fagan | 1/23/2014

    " One of our absolute favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/18/2014

    " another good kids book not totally ruined by disney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summerfly | 1/17/2014

    " One of my favorite books (and movies) as a kid. Can't tell you how many times I re-read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 1/16/2014

    " Ok.... I honestly would not recommend this book. It was truthfully pretty boring. Even at a high reading level, it was annoying with all the old language. Not my type of book. And they kill or capture everything in sight. Its just sad. Even thought it is a classic, not recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kia Sheldon | 1/16/2014

    " This was a painful book to read. It was unrealistic and just too nice! Even though I love a happy ending, I was starting to wish something bad would happen to this family! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/14/2014

    " An entrancing novel detailing how a family stranded on an island tame many animals, invent various appliances, and survive for many years in peace and joy. This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan Lillian | 1/12/2014

    " Jesusy and moralistic, arrogant in its assertion of the man-over-beast mentality, disregardful of the environment and promoting/normalizing wanton destruction of wildlife, with an underlying misogyny that leaves the one female character unnamed (unlike the more developed and "worthy" male characters) other than "the wife" or "the mother" through nearly 400 pages. Disgusting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzie | 1/9/2014

    " Childhood-defining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 1/6/2014

    " I read the original 1815 version, and good lord, this just might be the most boring book I have ever read. The father is arrogant and pedantic, the constant "lessons" are tiresome, and the family's habit of killing everything they stumble across is disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Bradley | 1/2/2014

    " Was a little more violent than I imagined!! Didn't enjoy the gruesome animal killing scenes. I did enjoy the moral stories though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/29/2013

    " We couldn't get through this book as a school read aloud. It just didn't keep the kids attention after the first few chapters. I learned a lot in this book and love the religious references. It just didn't hold our interest. Maybe when the kids are a little older? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 12/27/2013

    " More difficult language and vocabulary. Adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam Finnegan | 12/25/2013

    " A good little classic. Nothing extraordinary, but it is a fun read. Read it years back now, but it is such a great little book for youth! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blast | 12/16/2013

    " A truely awesome classic with lots of useful tips for anyone trying to survive in the wilderness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette | 12/16/2013

    " This is another book I read in sixth grade while I had the chicken pox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckey | 12/14/2013

    " A family shipwrecked on a deserted island, what are they going to do & will they survive? A tale that can be enjoyed at any age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 1 Kylar | 12/13/2013

    " I thought is was good for a historical fiction graph novel it's not boring like most probably wold be for this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Erickson | 12/12/2013

    " I admit at first I was a little skeptical as to my liking of this book; however, the further I got into it the more I realized I was loving it. I won't give any spoilers but if you chance to read this for the first time as I (in my 30s no less) it's well worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 11/26/2013

    " Just read Robinson Crusoe. No other book in the survival genre can top that masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 10/4/2013

    " A whole family is ship-wrecked on a deserted island. Include a battle with pirates. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 9/27/2013

    " I thought this book would be a really fun adventure story. However, I think I only made it 10-20% of the way through the book. Every other sentence seemed to contain a "let us all thank God that we are alive". Sad to say, but that really turned me off and I just couldn't finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 7/31/2013

    " So far it is wonderful! I am reading this classic with my son for our homeschool. He wishes our family could live like them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sojin | 6/13/2013

    " This is a good hard over classic book for all to enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harendra Alwis | 4/2/2013

    " My first book ever, which opend my heart to the joy of reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Abernethy | 3/28/2013

    " Imaginative fun for all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/3/2013

    " So exciting at first, but I tired of the plundering and hunting and couldn't go on, it was making me sick like I was inside the colonizer mentality, and the pious surface was too much. Maybe this would have been better in non-abridged form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/24/2012

    " Would choose the abridged version if starting anew. I read this book to the kids aloud and it dragged along on some details. Reminded me of the detail in the Little House series. Overall though, good book....and I liked the Christian message throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/25/2012

    " This was not a favorite, multiple read, but I did get through it. The ingenuity of the family's inventions was my favorite part of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbí | 10/5/2012

    " This was a wonderful read, but the father character really spoiled it for me. He was prudish and arrogant, seeming to take delight in rebuking his children and showing off his knowledge. Despite this character's faults, Wyss weaves a tropical tale full of beauty that is worth the read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alma | 9/26/2012

    " A fun read for my kids :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 9/5/2012

    " Read this in my tweens and loved it. Always wanted a treehouse after reading this. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckey | 9/1/2012

    " A family shipwrecked on a deserted island, what are they going to do & will they survive? A tale that can be enjoyed at any age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 3/4/2012

    " This is a novel not a true story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2012

    " This was a long read but a fun adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 12/11/2011

    " This book rates five stars for sheer fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 11/16/2011

    " Great book written in 1813--nice religious values, wonderful story (that most of us have seen the movie) of a family surviving on an island after a ship wreck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 10/17/2011

    " I read this to my kids a few weeks ago and it was a really fun read. We then rented the movie for movie night. It was just good, clean fun for the whole family. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca Lewis | 8/13/2011

    " I would rather eat crushed glass than read this book again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freda | 7/30/2011

    " I liked this book, I liked reading about adventure stories like this. However, this booked lagged on WAY too much! Basically throughout the whole book they killed animals and built creative extensions to their house the entire time... Which is cool, but it didn't need to be nearly that long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 6/17/2011

    " Movie was better, and it wasn't even a very good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 5/23/2011

    " I have grown to love this book a great deal. I find the characters engaging and dear friends. I love the determination that comes through in the writing. It is an honest and entertaining book that I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.Q. Webster | 5/13/2011

    " I get tired of the "Survival" books because there are so many of them and they just start sounding the same. But this one is an exception. I really like it! This family goes from being shipwrecked on an island to living in a giant tree house and having an ostrich as a pet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/11/2011

    " Read to my children prior to visiting Disney World. Great book to read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherral | 4/25/2011

    " Made me wish I were cast away on an island paradise! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendall | 4/18/2011

    " I got the idea of reading this to the boys but they got bored of it as fast as I did. I wound up finishing it out of a feeling of obligation but didn't enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 4/15/2011

    " We are reading the original version for our homeschool, and it has been a great read! I'm amazed, however, at how much the various re-writes differ from the original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 starryblu | 3/26/2011

    " This book is my favorite memory from grade school. In fifth grade, every day after lunch, our teacher would read chapter of the book to us. I was absolutely enthralled. I've read it several times since, and just had to re-live the memory when I saw the free kindle download. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 3/25/2011

    " I think the only reason I liked this book was because my dad read it out loud to me and we laughed for hours about some of the ridiculous things they do like sheep flinging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annabel | 3/19/2011

    " They Killed too many animals including my favorite animal, a turtle. "

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About the Author

Johann David Wyss (1743–1818) was a clergyman in Bern, Switzerland. A former military chaplain, Wyss spoke four languages, loved nature, and was deeply involved in the raising of his four boys, reading to them and taking them on hikes and hunting trips.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.