Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, was Defoe's first novel and survives as his best-known work. Loosely based on a true account of a Scottish sailor-Alexander Selkirk-it is a tale of one man's fall from grace and progress to redemption. The account of Crusoe's life, scratched out with rationed indigo ink on a dwindling supply of paper salvaged from the hull of a wrecked ship, speaks eloquently of the tenacity and ingenuity of the human spirit.
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by Daniel Defoe
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"As a listener who read this book a long time ago, I was surprised at how enjoyable this recording is. A good part of that is due to the palpable enthusiasm of reader Ron Keith. He has a gentle, articulated British accent, which sounds like Crusoe himself might have after his decades on the island. There are almost no speaking parts in the book other than Crusoe's, so the characterization is entirely focused on him. Keith brings forth a man I would like to meet. D.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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