Robinson Crusoe


Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

(4.5 stars; 406 reviews)

Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner (1719) is considered by many the first English novel. Based on the real-life experiences of the castaway Alexander Selkirk, the book has had a perrenial appeal among readers of all ages-–especially the young adult reading public–-who continue to find inspiration in the inventive resourcefulness of its hero, sole survivor of a shipwreck who is marooned on an uninhabited island.

Especially poignant, after more than two decades of unbroken solitude, is the affection that Robinson develops for Friday, another survivor fleeing certain death at the hands of enemy tribesmen from the South American continent. (Summary by Denny Sayers) (13 hr 55 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 – Start in Life 39:07 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 2 – Slavery and Escape 34:59 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 3 – Wrecked on a Desert Island 48:32 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 4 – First Weeks on the Island 58:40 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 5 – Builds a House 38:15 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 6 – Ill and Conscience Stricken 42:53 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 7 – Agricultural Experience 27:20 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 8 – Surveys his Position 30:38 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 9 – A Boat 48:42 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 10 – Tames Goats 32:36 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 11 – Finds Print of Mans Foot on the Sand 38:02 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 12 – The Cave Retreat 47:32 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 13 – Wreck of a Spanish Ship 38:08 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 14 – A Dream Realised 45:59 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 15 – Friday’s Education 44:17 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 16 – Rescue of Prisoners from Cannibals 47:21 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 17 – Visit of Mutineers 43:44 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 18 – The Ship Recovered 48:04 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 19 – Return to England 45:11 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 20 – Fight Between Friday and a Bear 35:06 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Reviews

Superb, I have been completely enthralled.

(5 stars)

I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to give life to the antiquated text however the reader did the most amazing job of it. I have listened to hundreds of audio books and this has been one of the very best.

wonderfully narrated

(5 stars)

this is one of the more prized notches in my audio book bachelor's bed post. I loved every second. the consistent narration allows you to comfortably slide into the story.

excellent

(5 stars)

a very strong and well founded story. the ingenuity and creativity of the character is fascinating. also the overall religious tone of the book is thought-provoking and inspiring. great job to the reader

(5 stars)

I was at first unsure of the reader as he was slow and seemed a bit hesitant but it grew on me and eventually became the characterization of Robinson Caruso

An Old School Classic...meeeh

(3 stars)

I heard someone commenting to someone else their surprise in the fact that their friend had never read Robinson Caruso and what a wonderful book it is. Right away I put that on my next book to read list anticipating a great book! I have listened to so many audio books and some of them been more intriguing and exciting. The concept of Robinson Crusoe and the basic diary of his life was incredible and the lessons learned from it can be important as one is growing up . Unfortunately, the story was hard to engage with and it seemed to me that he kept reading the same few pages over again and it was very distracting because I thought I had lost my place in the book. The narrator was good overall is his reading .

(4 stars)

Enjoyed this reading....especially liked the difference between the childhood version I remember from my youth and this, the original. This experience has led me to find original versions of other childhood favorites. My sincere thanks to those readers and other volunteers who participate in this program (and my local public library who downloads such tales to my iPad....Great resource to an 85-year old fan of all things readable. Have had a Public library card for almost 80 years....best investment in time I ever have had....six public libraries so far in my life.....My hat is off to all those librarians! Kudos to all! B J, library fan!

Go ahead. Read it.

(4 stars)

If you enjoy adventure and reading about it then this book is for you. Many people wonder if placed in a similar situation how and if they could survive, including me. This story is the classic shipwreck tale. Narration is very good.

Narrator is very good.

(4.5 stars)

Although probably reflective of the beliefs of the times, the story contains themes which many people would find offensive, such as an acceptance of slavery and "white man's" superiority to "savages".