Robinson Crusoe Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The story is a fictional autobiography of the title character, an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island, encountering Native Americans, captives, and mutineers. This is the tale of an ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances. Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 40 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||14 August 2009|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 208,701 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
7,151 in Classic Literature
25,488 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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“ I was born within the yr 1632, inside the metropolis of York, of a good family, even though not of that u . S ., my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got an amazing property via products, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York, from whence he had married my mother, whose relations have been named Robinson, a excellent circle of relatives in that country, and from whom I changed into referred to as Robinson Kreutznaer; but, via the usual corruption of phrases in England, we are now called—nay we name ourselves and write our call—Crusoe; and so my companions usually known as me.”
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Fast forward sixty years and I thought I should give it another try. I now find it very readable, interesting and even enjoyable. So never say never! The version I bought is from the hard cover, Collectors' Library edition. These books are a handy pocket size and smart looking with gilt edged pages, a page saver ribbon, and a durable spine. On the down side, the print is necessarily small and some may have difficulty with this size font. Maybe a touch expensive at £8.99, when you can get a paperback copy for £2.00 or less, but okay if you intend to keep it.
Imagine audio documenting all the happenstance of your average day - swept carpet, washed dishes, went to toilet, etc, etc.
And repeating that for chapter after chapter after chapter after chapter ....
Occasionally adding in a reading from a Jehovah's Witness pamphlet that had come through the door.
That would be equivalent to much of what this offering comprises.
And Tom Casaletto may well be an estimable voice actor in his own milieu, but as a purveyor of an "English" accent and style of reading he is toe-curling.
According to Colin Wilson (in A Criminal History of Mankind) Defoe based the story on the adventures of a Scottish pirate named Alexander Selkirk who, following a quarrel with his pirate captain, asked to be marooned on what was then, one of the uninhabited islands of the Juan Fernandez group about 600 km off the coast of Chile in the South Pacific. After five years Selkirk return to England and became an overnight `celebrity' and Defoe (who began life, in 1660, as Daniel Foe) went to see him in Bristol in 1713 and probably paid for his written reminiscences. The interesting point to note is that Defoe was an agent provocateur and spy, a kind of forerunner to those more recently employed by MI5, and built up a network of spies as well as spending time `inside' and in the pillory!
Why it's interesting, at least to this reader, is that this seems to indicate a certain type of person; i.e. not particularly pious, unlike his fictional creation Robinson Crusoe, who, during his long solitary sojourn on his fictional island, develops, possibly, quite understandably under the circumstances, a distinct religious sensibility and frequently and at length thanks God for providing for him so bounteously. Crusoe reflects on this many times during the book and this is just one example of a degree of repetition that a good editor would surely have remedied.
Nevertheless, this book is a classic for a good reason and provides hours of enjoyment for the patient reader in addition to a great deal of food for thought!