ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe – FULL Audio Book | Greatest AudioBooks
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This first edition credited the work’s fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. It was published under the considerably longer original title The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is a fictional autobiography of the title character (whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued.
The story is widely perceived to have been influenced by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on the Pacific island called “Más a Tierra” (in 1966 its name was changed to Robinson Crusoe Island), Chile. However, other possible sources have been put forward for the text.
Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. Before the end of 1719 the book had already run through four editions, and it has gone on to become one of the most widely published books in history, spawning numerous sequels and adaptations for stage, film, and television. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.org – Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Robinson_Crusoe&action=history)
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Chapter listing and length:
Chapter 1: Start in Life – 00:31:15
Chapter 2: Slavery & Escape – 00:28:44
Chapter 3a: Wrecked On a Desert Island, Part 1 – 00:22:05
Chapter 3b, Part 2 – 00:21:02
Chapter 4a: First Weeks On the Island, Part 1 – 00:19:57
Chapter 4b, Part 2 – 00:30:27
Chapter 5: Builds a House – The Journal – 00:31:12
Chapter 6: Ill and Conscience-Stricken – 00:32:57
Chapter 7: Agricultural Experience – 00:21:28
Chapter 8: Surveys His Position – 00:24:30
Chapter 9: A Boat – 00:38:46
Chapter 10: Tames Goats – 00:27:15
Chapter 11: Finds Print of Man’s Foot on the Sand – 00:31:48
Chapter 12: A Cave Retreat – 00:40:52
Chapter 13: Wreck of a Spanish Ship – 00:31:24
Chapter 14: A Dream Realized – 00:38:20
Chapter 15: Friday’s Education – 00:36:14
Chapter 16: Rescue of Prisoners From Cannibals – 00:38:49
Chapter 17: Visit of Mutineers – 00:36:08
Chapter 18: The Ship Recovered – 00:38:03
Chapter 19: Return to England – 00:34:34
Chapter 20: Fight Between Friday and a Bear – 00:28:28
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