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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 08-26-14
    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2011

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Did not make a fan out of me"

    I remembered enjoying White Fang as a kid, and I purchased this book during a classics binge, without reading the description. I was surprised to find I was reading yet ANOTHER Jack London book about a wolf/dog. Oh well.

    I don't think I found this book as engaging as White Fang, but it's been a decade since I read the latter, so I could be warping things in my mind. Either way, I feel I'm a bit too old to be reading stories about anthropomorphized dogs. It just didn't do anything for me.

    Still, I enjoyed the prose, and this audiobook contained one of the greatest short stories of all time: To Build a Fire. So it was worth my time, I think.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-29-14
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Some movies comes close, but this is better"

    I have been going through and listening to all the classics that have been made into movies. Here is another example where the book is thousands of time better than any movie. In the movies they leave, so much out that it actually ruins the story now that I’ve read the book. Here you will read a story that takes you into the mind of dog before people were even considering dog psychology. You will journey through the gold rush through the eyes and thoughts of Bucks and when it’s done you’ll love the story. I recommend this for parents of kids interesting in reading it to their kids.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-08-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Decent Story Most of us Read in School"
    Any additional comments?

    I read this book when I was 13 for the first time I just reread it now. While it was not as good as I remembered and a heck of a lot shorter, it is still a decent book.

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