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DEFOE, D.: Robinson Crusoe retold for younger listeners by Roy McMillan (Abridged)

Author(s):Defoe, Daniel
Artist(s) Keeble, Jonathan, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Junior Classic Fiction
Catalogue NA0072
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps
 
 
 


When his ship is wrecked in a storm, Robinson Crusoe finds himself stranded on a desert island with no one to help him and no chance of rescue. Scared and alone, he tries to make a life for himself: building shelters, hunting food, taming animals, crafting boats and making clothes. But just as his life appears to be settled, he sees someone else’s footprint on the beach and a different struggle for survival begins, this time against cannibals and pirates.

Roy McMillan combines an abridged version of Defoe’s novel with his own helpful explanations to retell the story for younger listeners.


   




Review By Joanna Theiss,Sound Commentary,April 2012

Despite being “retold,” the exploration, discovery and creativity which define Defoe’s original tale are here.  Indeed, McMillan’s added explanations of the narrative are so craftily inserted into the original, and the abridgment so smooth, that only a purist will mind.  Robinson Crusoe: Retold for Younger Readers makes the original Robinson Crusoe, which was written in the 1700s, accessible to listeners of all ages, because it is short, easy to understand, but still compelling. Jonathan Keeble, an English television and stage actor, reads Robinson Crusoe: Retold for Younger Readers, and he brings all of the intensity, high drama and suspense to the reading as an actor might on stage. © 2012 Sound Commentary

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