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