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The Call of the Wild | [Jack London]

The Call of the Wild

In "Call of the Wild", a domestic dog is kidnapped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrown into the wild north woods. Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scottish shepherd, is a strong dog but not accustomed to the harsh life of the north and he must fight for survival. He learns how to work hard; how to dig a hole in a snowbank to stay warm; how to eat anything no matter how loathsome; how to scent the weather; how to break ice to find water; and most importantly, how to survive cruelty.
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Jack London's stories are classic American favorites. Recorded unabridged in Bookcassette Audio are "Call of the Wild" and three special Klondike stories: "To Build a Fire", "Love of Life" and "To the Man on the Trail". In "Call of the Wild", a domestic dog is kidnapped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrown into the wild north woods. Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scottish shepherd, is a strong dog but not accustomed to the harsh life of the north and he must fight for survival. He learns how to work hard; how to dig a hole in a snowbank to stay warm; how to eat anything no matter how loathsome; how to scent the weather; how to break ice to find water; and most importantly, how to survive cruelty.

At one of the worst moments in his life, Buck receives unexpected human kindness from a new master. With the kind of devotion that only a dog can give, he shows loyalty to his master in ways that are both touching and profound.

(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jefferson 01-28-12
    Jefferson 01-28-12 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "A Great Bargain: Four Vigorous Klondike Tales"

    This audiobook presents four classic Jack London tales of men and dogs pushed to their primordial limits in the harsh nature of the Klondike, all well read by Roger Dressler, who wields his deep voice with gravitas and enthusiasm (though a few times his reading digitally stutters or skips).

    In The Call of the Wild (1903) Buck is a 140-pound dog living princely in the ???sun kissed??? Santa Clara valley when he???s stolen and sold into the frigid Klondike to work in a dog team, where he must learn ???the law of club and fang??? to survive. I loved the parts depicting Buck adapting to his new life, forming a loving bond with a man, and hearing the primordial, mournful songs of wolves howling at the darkness of space in the light of the moon. But I disbelieved and disliked those of Buck???s feats that exaggerate London???s primeval survival of the fittest ethos, as when for four days he too doggedly (!) hunts a giant bull moose.

    In the absorbingly grueling ???Love of Life??? (1905), a man returning exhausted from a long prospecting trip sprains his ankle and must hobble and crawl alone for miles and days in his stubborn attempt to survive.

    Vivid, ironic, and suspenseful, ???To Build a Fire??? (1902) depicts a ???newcomer??? walking the Yukon trail at 75 below zero. Hearing his spittle crack explosively in the air, he wonders at the cold, but lacks the imagination to realize that he, puny man, has no business being in it. He warms his bacon biscuits against his chest and counts his matches, but he doesn???t have the sense to heed good advice or the heart to love his dog. Can he do what the dog wants him to do, build a fire?

    ???To the Man on Trail??? (1898) is a humorous yarn about some men celebrating Christmas with whisky, brandy, and pepper sauce hooch when a stranger walks in the door, rests, and leaves. After listening to the first three tales of the audiobook, I drank with the Malamute Kid and his friends "A health to the man on trail this night; may his grub hold out; may his dogs keep their legs; may his matches never miss fire.???

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