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Publisher's Summary

Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Thus begins the classic story of survival and adventure that has fired the imaginations of readers since it first appeared in 1812. With optimism and boundless enthusiasm, the Robinson family undertakes the extraordinary task of constructing a home for themselves and exploring the primitive island filled with strange and beautiful creatures and exotic fruits and plants.

Rich in action and suspense, this exhilarating novel takes us to a faraway place of danger and beauty, where the courageous Robinson family embarks on a thrilling new life of adventure and discovery.

Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor

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Enthralling

I found it difficult to turn the audio book off and wanted to listen to it every second I got.

The grammar of the book took a little bit to get used to but it didn't really detract from the story.

My only disappointment is it finished too soon LOL

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  • Anne
  • Oakhurst, NSW, AU
  • 12-08-2017

Riveting

Loved hearing an old classic.
Very soothing to listen to especially while I was sick and in bed for very long time.
Sad to finally come to the end of a very exciting story.

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  • dragonflymorning
  • 23-06-2010

Excellent book - poor quality

I have loved this book since I was a child and was excited about listening too it with my children. Since this was recorded this year I thought the quality wouldn't be an issue, but it was. It had the mid-range rattle of a poorly recorded book. Very disappointed as my boys will not listen to it because it hurts their ears.

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  • Tiffany
  • 23-08-2017

Not the Classic Translation Edition

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought this thinking it would be the classic story in it's original translation for my kids to listen to over the summer. Much to my dismay it is a re-translated version and has been modernized and much of the descriptive beauty in the story is lacking because of this. There are other editions that are much better.

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  • CT
  • 28-09-2010

Great for engineers

I realize it's a classic but if you're not interested in the bits and bolts of how the family survives on the island then this isn't your book. With very little discernible plot - unless the plot is construction methods - this one can be tedious. Go over to Robinson Crusoe for a more adventurous read.

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  • Z. Richardson
  • 23-06-2018

Inflexible Narrator, Different Ending

The reader has a pleasant voice for narration, but seems to have exactly three character voices at his command--man, woman, and whiny child. It's a little disconcerting to hear Fritz, described as being nineteen and having a man's voice, talking in the same voice as his ten-year-old brother. Not a great performance all in all.

While I know the author died before he could complete this book, and that the family approved this ending, I much prefer the original ending to this deus-ex-machina ending with all the "savages" and running around in boats. It definitely feels tacked on and anticlimactic after the adventures that came before--more Robinson Crusoe (read: boring) than Swiss Family Robinson.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-2018

interesting

I struggled to pay attention, the narrator was too monotone for my liking and because of that I kept losing focus

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  • EG-Man
  • 20-04-2018

great classic!

so glad I finally got to enjoy this classic. is one everyone should know! do it.

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  • Ang
  • 19-02-2018

absolutely love it!

Absolutely loved it. me and my 2 boys have listen to it over and over again!

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  • Christine S.
  • 07-11-2017

An excellent translation.

Very different ending from other translations I have read. The mother, Elizabeth was more fleshed out. The boys grew up and werre more realistic,.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-2017

Great book

It was very enjoyable listening to the story. Took me a couple days. Couldn't stop listening.

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  • L. Voisinet
  • 06-03-2017

Not exactly Unabridged.

If you could sum up The Swiss Family Robinson in three words, what would they be?

Family shipwreck adventure. This family is shipwrecked on a southern Pacific Island. they are very competent, pious, and also lucky. The island has an amazing combination of animals and plants that (frankly) couldn't exist in that area. It's still a great read/listen, so just suspend your disbelief and enjoy.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a wonderful excuse to look up all sorts of animals and plants to show to my children.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Breathe! The reader needed to take a beat between scenes or when it changes character's voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A wonderful adventure for the whole family.