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The Daniel Defoe BBC Radio Drama Collection: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders & A Journal of the Plagu Audiobook

The Daniel Defoe BBC Radio Drama Collection: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders & A Journal of the Plagu

Author: Daniel Defoe, Philip Palmer Narrator: , Ben Miles, Jessica Hynes, Niamh Cusack, Tim Mcinnerny Release Date: January 2019

Three lively retellings of Daniel Defoe's classic novels, plus two bonus programmes about his extraordinary life and far-reaching influence. Robinson Crusoe and his Farther Adventures An imaginative blend of the famous castaway tale and its lesser-known sequel, this thrilling drama sees Crusoe setting sail for the far north. Facing danger in the Siberian wastes, he keeps terror at bay by telling his companions campfire tales of his many adventures on his beloved island. Starring Tim McInnerney as Crusoe. Moll Flanders When Daniel Defoe meets Elizabeth Atkins in Newgate jail, she recounts her stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches life that took her from prostitution to prosperity - but culminated in destitution. Inspired, Defoe mixes fact and fiction to re-invent her as one of his most engaging characters: Moll Flanders. Starring Ben Miles as Defoe and Jessica Hynes as Elizabeth Atkins. A Journal of the Plague Year Writing a fictional journal of the Great Plague of 1665, Defoe soon comes to be haunted by the characters he is conjuring. Starring Ben Miles as Defoe. This exciting new collection of reinvented tales will also include two bonus programmes about Daniel Defoe himself: Defoe: Merchant, Writer, Convict, Spy by Philip Palmer - A biographical drama about Defoe's life, starring Ben Miles as Defoe and Niamh Cusack as his wife Mary. Defoe: The Facts and Fictions - A documentary by Mark Lawson, exploring the far-reaching influence of the pioneering author.

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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Daniel Weyman Release Date: January 2019

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. After surviving a terrible shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe discovers he is the only human on an island far from any shipping routes or rescue. At first he is devastated, but slowly, with patience and imagination, he transforms his island into a tropical paradise. For twenty-four years he lives with no human companionship - until one fateful day, when he discovers he is not alone... Lightly abridged for Puffin Classics.

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Frightening Phantoms - A Short Story Volume Audiobook

Frightening Phantoms - A Short Story Volume

Author: Charles Dickens, Daniel Defoe, Wilkie Collins Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley Release Date: January 2019

We love control. The ability to predict and organise our lives as we want them. As we desire them. It's quite a shock then when Phantoms, Ghouls and Ghosts play their part too. They don't play by our rules. Our welfare is not their concern. They will do as they wish. And they have very vivid imaginations -way beyond the dictionary definition - Phantom. Noun. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality. An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion. A model, especially a transparent one, of the human body or of any of its parts.

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Journal of the Plague Year Audiobook

Journal of the Plague Year

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Andrew Cullum Release Date: November 2018

First published in March 1722, 57 years after the event that struck more than 100,000 people, A Journal of the Plague Year is a compelling portrait of life during London's horrific bubonic plague. Through the eyes of H.F. (speculated to be Defoe's uncle, Henry Foe, from whose journals the book was supposedly adapted) we witness great grief, depravity and despair: crazed sufferers roam the streets, unearthly screams resound across the city, death carts dump their grisly loads into mass graves, and quackery and skulduggery feed on fear. But there is kindness and courage too, as mutual support and caring are upheld through the worst of days. Defoe's Journal is considered one of the most accurate accounts of the plague, and includes many contemporary theories about the disease, along with rolls of the dead and a literary mapping of London, street by street, parish by parish. It is a fascinating and intimate account from one of the earliest proponents of the novel.

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The Storm Audiobook

The Storm

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Denny Sayers Release Date: November 2018

The Storm (1704) holds a special place in the writings of Daniel Defoe. Widely considered a founding document of modern journalism, The Storm narrates the calamitous events of November 1703 that are framed by the author in the first four chapters. These are followed by verbatim eyewitness accounts, solicited from survivors through a newspaper advertisement that Defoe placed shortly after the hurricane struck. Defoe is primarily known for his later fiction, loosely based on historical calamities, such as his Journal of the Plague Year (1722), and by fictionalized novels purporting to be first-person accounts, including Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Moll Flanders (1722). It can be argued that The Storm was the journalistic crucible in which the master realist Defoe forged his later novelistic artistry, with its penchant for "the telling detail." In fact, his fiction novel The Plague Year remains a required reading for journalism students to this day, side-by-side with the non-fiction account of The Storm.

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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Francisco Lesmes Release Date: September 2018

"La vida y extrañas y sorprendentes aventuras de Robinson Crusoe, publicada en 1719, no es solo uno de los clásicos más leídos de todos los tiempos, sino que, en rigor, se trata de la primera de las grandes novelas inglesas, un texto fundacional. La historia es de todos conocida: Robinson Crusoe naufraga y acaba, solo, en una isla desierta. Poco a poco descubrirá que no está tan solo en la isla, habitada también por los caníbales. Con los restos de su barco, construirá una cabaña y una balsa. Salvará de los caníbales a un nativo, Viernes, que se convertirá en su fiel escudero. Además de una novela de aventuras, llena de inolvidables personajes, Robinson Crusoe es una de las primeras reflexiones narrativas sobre la soledad, la sociedad y las relaciones humanas. "

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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Roy Morgan Release Date: July 2018

The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (of York, Mariner Who lived Eight and Twenty Years all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, where in all the Men perished but Himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates) is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1719 and sometimes regarded as the first novel in English. The book is a fictional autobiography of the title character, an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Venezuela, encountering Native Americans, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. This device, presenting an account of supposedly factual events, is known as a "false document" and gives a realistic frame story.

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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Matt Montanez Release Date: January 2018

Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner is considered by many the first English novel. Based on the real-life experiences of the castaway Alexander Selkirk, the book has had a perrenial appeal among readers of all ages--especially the young adult reading public--who continue to find inspiration in the inventive resourcefulness of its hero, sole survivor of a shipwreck who is marooned on an uninhabited island. Especially poignant, after more than two decades of unbroken solitude, is the affection that Robinson develops for Friday, another survivor fleeing certain death at the hands of enemy tribesmen from the South American continent.

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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Jim Hodges Release Date: May 2017

The year is 1659. You've been stranded on a desert island. How would you survive? Stay for twenty-eight years, deal with cannibals, heartfelt spiritual awakenings, mutineers, goats, crops, and human visitations, and you have one of the most widely published books in all history, Robinson Crusoe, often credited as the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. Before the end of its first year of publication in 1719, the book had already run through four editions. Join Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday on an amazing physical and spiritual island adventure you will never forget.

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Moll Flanders Audiobook

Moll Flanders

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Rowena Cooper Release Date: May 2017

Born in Newgate Prison and abandoned soon after, Moll Flanders is searching for a secure place in society. Her desire to belong propels her into all kinds of trouble from numerous marriages, bigamy and incest to theft. Charting her progress from an innocent but determined young girl to a contentedly resigned elderly woman, Defoe's novel casts a light on the splendours and iniquities of life in 18th century England and America. It is a tale of sin and repentance, portrayed through a rich pageant of comical scenes.

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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Tony Britton Release Date: May 2017

Defoe's masterpiece is part adventure and part do-it-yourself book. It describes the experiences of the resourceful sailor and castaway Robinson Crusoe. After escaping shipwreck and being swept on to an island with nothing but his wits, Crusoe survives ? and even prospers ? through his ingenuity and perseverance. He builds his own dwelling and makes furniture and clothes. He lives alone until the arrival of cannibals brings him an unexpected companion and the chance landing of mutineers gives him the opportunity to return home. 1. Castaway - Shipwrecked - Hope in the morning. Robinson Crusoe tells of the youthful restlessness which drove him to run away to sea as a young man. After eight years, he is to be found on a slaving ship bound from Brazil to Africa when a violent storm blows up. The ship hits a sandbank and the crew abandons her before she breaks up. But a huge wave capsizes their boat and Crusoe alone is carried ashore by the raging sea and left half-drowned on the beach. He realizes that he is the sole survivor and is cast into despair. Crusoe is without food or any means of survival and has on him only a knife, a pipe and some tobacco. He climbs a tree to spend the night, falls into an exhausted sleep and wakes to see that the ship has been driven close inshore. Filled with new hope, he swims out to it, intent on taking away any provisions and implements that will help him to keep body and soul together. 2. Survival Tactics - Stores from the ship - Building a home. Crusoe finds the ship undamaged but with all boats missing. He builds a raft from spars and piles it with food, clothing and firearms. Using broken oars, he propels his clumsy vessel ashore. Over the next 13 days, he visits the ship 11 times, taking anything of use, including axes, cables and canvas. By the time a storm sinks the ship, he is well equipped. On a plain by a cliff, he pitches a tent inside a barrier of stakes. Crusoe brings all his goods into this compound. Then he draws up a list of the pros and cons of his life, determining to be satisfied. He makes furniture and grows barley from seed. 3. Exploration - The island's greener side. Crusoe finds abundant fruits, keeping some grapes to dry as raisins. On the west of the island he enters a delightful woody vale where citrus trees and melons grow wild. He considers moving his base to this lush spot but instead builds himself a second 'country' home, not wanting to live too far away from the coast and out of sight of passing ships. On the first anniversary of his deliverance from shipwreck Crusoe has a solemn day of thanksgiving. 4. An Ominous Sign - A useless boat - Footprint in the sand. Crusoe spends two years building a canoe by hollowing out a tree. However, when he tries to circumnavigate the island in it, he is almost swept away by the tides. Back ashore, he abandons ideas of sailing away, being resigned to his fate. One day, after living alone on the island for 15 years, he is appalled to see footprint in the sand. Terrified, he flees to h camp and hides. He redoubles his defences after seeing the remains of a cannibal feast. 5. Timely Rescue - Terror renewed - A victim saved. Alarmed by the evidence of visiting savages, Crusoe spends more time inside his stockade. However, while out exploring he spies a fire and his terror increases. After 24 years on the island, Crusoe sees another cannibal party dragging two victims ashore. While the first is being killed, the second runs away and outstrips his pursuers. Crusoe saves the fugitive, then beckons to the trembling man to come near. The man swears to be his devoted servant. 6. Man Friday - Burning the remains - Scripture lessons. Calling his new companion Friday, after the day on which he saved the man's life, Crusoe takes him home and gives him food. Next day, they visit the site of the cannibal feast and burn the remains, Friday being less upset than Crusoe by the grisly task. Crusoe decides to educate Friday and teaches him English and Christianity. Friday excels at both, especially religious studies and asks Crusoe searching theological questions that he cannot answer. Ruefully, Crusoe admits Friday is a better Christian than himself. 7. A Rum Lot - Mutineers and officers - Crusoe to the rescue. Twenty-eight years after Crusoe's shipwreck, Friday rouses him with news of a ship approaching. Crusoe realizes that it is English, but the crew which comes ashore surprises him ? three of the 11 men are clearly prisoners and begging for mercy. Arming themselves, Crusoe and Friday approach the captives, who are the captain, his mate and a passenger, in the process of being marooned by mutineers. As the rogues sleep, Crusoe gives the prisoners muskets and together they overwhelm the dissenters, killing two of them. The rest of the mutineers beg their captain's forgiveness. 8. Victory and Escape - Outwitting mutiny - Happy return. Crusoe orders the rowing-boat to be holed and sends the more suspect sailors to a distant cave, as prisoners. The rest join Crusoe and the captain's party. The ship sends another crew to find out why the first group has not returned. Thinking their comrades murdered, they speedily go back to their vessel. However, they return to the island and leave three men to guard their boat while the others explore. Crusoe sends Friday and the mate off as a decoy, while he captures the men guarding the boat. When the mutineers return bewildered, they are captured. The captain and Crusoe launch a midnight attack on the ship and regain it. The captain gratefully offers Crusoe his vessel and all sail happily back to England.

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Daniel Defoe: The Short Stories Audiobook

Daniel Defoe: The Short Stories

Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley Release Date: May 2017

Daniel Defoe - An Introduction. Defoe is most well known for his classic novels Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. Born around 1659 he was also a journalist, a pamphleteer, a businessman, a spy - and a writer of short stories. His life was long and colourful covering all manner of fields and usually closely followed by political intrigue or unpaid bills. But the breath of his works are still highly regarded indeed his Journal Of A Plague Year is an important account of that disastrous year for England. His novels of course are regularly used as the basis of films and TV shows as well lauded for their contribution to the birth of novels as an art form. In these short stories Defoe succinctly emblazons his style upon subjects as diverse as apparitions, pirates and politics. This volume is brought to your ears by Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.

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