Based on the real-life adventures of Scottish shoemakers son Alexander Selkirk, Robinson Crusoe was one of the very first adventure stories to be published in English literature. In this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization starring Roy Marsden as the older Robinson Crusoe looking back on a life of recklessness, daring and adventureand the survival of twenty-eight years, two months and nineteen days on a desert islandthe story remains as gripping as it was upon first publication in 1719.
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by Daniel Defoe
by William Shakespeare
by Daniel Pinkwater
by Daniel Kirk
by Daniel Okrent
"There is something archetypal and almost seductive about the idea of being stranded on a deserted island. The subject has never been better dealt with than in one of the English language's first novels, based on the true-life experience of a Scots shoemaker named Alexander Selkirk. This full-cast BBC production seamlessly follows Crusoe's 28-year struggle for survival through reedy-voiced, understated monologues, heartfelt flashbacks, and frighteningly realistic pirate and storm scenes. Through vocal nuances Crusoe is portrayed not as a hero, but as a flawed, resourceful, and altogether human character--most likely as Defoe intended. B.P. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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