Robinson Crusoe

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Daniel Defoe

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: June 2008

Duration: 10 hours 11 minutes

Summary:

Daniel Defoe relates the classic tale of Robinson Crusoe, an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly thirty years, as he struggles to survive his extraordinary circumstances.

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  • vonlost

    Simon Vance is my favorite reader, but this title was marred be regular audio edits made with different acoustics, too distracting. The story is excellent, an old classic I wanted to "read" again. Audio is better than reading with a good reader like Vance, bringing the characters much more to life than actual reading would.

  • Anonymous

    Not having read the full text before, I was surprised at the depth of this narrative. In its religious pedagogy and in the moments where we see Crusoe’s interior life – meaning his anxious ruminations on the meaning of adversity and prospect of salvation – the narrative is halfhearted and pat. But when it comes to describing the world outside, there is an unselfconscious realism and eye for detail that is fuller and more disruptive. The density and moral ambiguity of this narrative defies Crusoe’s conclusory interpretations. Crusoe is a likable chronicler, though, and reveals things despite himself. He switches in and out of the epistolary format, telling us what he saw and then telling us how he wrote the same thing down in his journal – usually in a more distant and compact fashion. This has the effect of drawing the reader into greater confidence than the intended audience of his journal.