I think mostly everyone is at least somewhat familiar with the story of Robinson Crusoe: man is shipwrecked on island alone and lives there for many, many years. I knew there was another guy in the story named Friday, but that was the extent of my knowledge. I wanted to read (rather, listen to) this book because it is a classic, and one that I want to be really familiar with.
My thoughts on the book are mixed. For the most part I really enjoyed it. Following along as Crusoe makes a life for himself on the island was my favorite part of the story (and thankfully that was MOST of the story). I loved seeing how he used all the resources he had available to him in order to survive, and to survive well. I can see how other people might find this boring, but I quite enjoyed it. Of course I was reminded of the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away, but I did not particularly enjoy the movie while I did very much enjoy the book.
Things changed when additional characters entered the storyline. Friday, a native of South America, is rescued from death by Crusoe. Rather than rejoice treating Friday as a new partner in his adventurous life on the island Crusoe instead takes Friday on as a servant. In all fairness, were I Friday and had I just been saved from certain death, I think I'd (at first) be willing to work as a servant merely out of gratitude! But still, were I Crusoe, my immediate though upon seeing a new person on the island would have been, "Ah, a companion!" and not, "Ah, a servant!" I know, I know, the book is a product of the time period so of COURSE Crusoe would see Friday as a servant and of COURSE Friday would be willing to serve Crusoe to the point of death, but still, it bugged me.
More characters come in to the story later on, and this is where the book became more unbelievable for me. Until this point I felt like this was a story that COULD have happened (it was, after all, most likely inspired by real events) but the coming of the pirates and the way in which Crusoe got off the island were less believable to me.
Another thing for those familiar with the story: remember the sailors that he sends one of his new friends to retrieve from the mainland? The plan was to bring them to the island where they would be safe, then figure out a way to make it back to Europe. Instead, when a boat comes along Crusoe ditches that plan and sails off without waiting for them. I realize that he came back for them later, but if I were those sailors and I got to the island to find that my supposed savior had sailed off without me, I'd have been ticked!
ANYway ... I'm really glad I listened to this book. It was enjoyable for the most part, and the narrator did an excellent job (which always helps). I can now say that I really KNOW the story of Robinson Crusoe, and I'm glad that I do.