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The Call of the Wild | [Jack London]

The Call of the Wild

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Audible Editor Reviews

Frank Muller commands attention from his first words. Muller tells the story of Buck, a St. Bernard/shepherd dog who is kidnapped from his cozy domestic life and sent to the frozen North. As Buck is misused by humans and ferociously attacked by other dogs, Muller twists his voice to show Buck’s contempt and rage. His performance is painfully real as Buck lashes out against starvation, thirst, and anyone who falls afoul of him. Thanks to Muller’s artistry, Buck’s experiences are spellbinding, especially as he learns the skills he needs to survive. Listeners will believe they can hear Buck howl and sing "the song of the wolves."

Publisher's Summary

In 1897 Buck, a shepherd dog, is kidnapped and shipped to the Klondike gold fields. Pressed into service as a sled dog, Buck is abused by humans and tormented by the other dogs - until he learns "the law of club and fang." Along with the skills Buck needs to survive - how to keep warm in the frozen land, the ability to scent dangerous weather changes, and how to fight ferociously - he learns the song of the wolves and the powerful attraction it exerts. This eloquent tale of adventure evokes with stirring realism the Alaskan Gold Rush, and the dangers and beauties of that northern wilderness.

(P)1980 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art by Tom Caldwell, ©1995 by Recorded Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Muller reads with expression and variety that match the varying moods, feelings, and attitudes of all the characters, dogs included." (Kliatt Magazine)
"It gave us the sense of the cold, the snow, and most of all, the primeval feelings that London described." (The New Yorker)

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    Louis Madigan New York, NY USA 09-03-05
    Louis Madigan New York, NY USA 09-03-05 Member Since 2000
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    "A Classic"

    Everything about this audiobook is a classic. Don't hesitate to listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Salt Lake City, UT, United States 10-07-08
    Lisa Salt Lake City, UT, United States 10-07-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Still a great book"

    This is still a great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Dyer, IN, United States 02-06-12
    Jim Dyer, IN, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story & narration, sound quality varied."
    What made the experience of listening to The Call of the Wild the most enjoyable?

    Great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stripped down essence of pain and physical hardship existing alongside love and pride in the same existence. Buck doesn't just fantasize about what was or could be, but embraces what is.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    John Thornton


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This recording needs to be cleaned up if not redone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry United States 01-21-13
    Jerry United States 01-21-13

    40 years in radio. Free speech... don't ever let anyone take it away from us. The Theatre of the mind is beautiful.

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    "Rooting for Buck"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Call of the Wild to be better than the print version?

    Better! The feelings and emotions of the story teller help get you involved in the story.


    What other book might you compare The Call of the Wild to and why?

    The Grapes of Wrath. I thought Henry Fonda was talking to me and me only.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Buck... How he became leader of the pack and survived was fun to see happen in my mind.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survivalist in the dog world.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes my three hour road trips go by too fast. I want to drive around the block so I can end the chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 10-05-12
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT STORY"
    Would you listen to The Call of the Wild again? Why?

    Yes, it's well wrote and well presented and I like this kind of story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Call of the Wild?

    The whole thing was great, but maybe when Buck got back near the end of the story and the only person he ever loved was killed by Indians. He then gave them what for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Buck was saved from the cruelty of those idiot young people from California


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing moved me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lida Washington, DC, United States 10-02-11
    Lida Washington, DC, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book Great Classic"
    Would you listen to The Call of the Wild again? Why?

    No because time is short and there are so many great books.But I would choose others by the same author and reader. I would definitely recommend it to others


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 02-27-08
    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 02-27-08 Member Since 2007
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    "started out with a bang"

    and ended up not so interesting. My interest was caught up in the begining but as the book near the end it was sorta lumped up and ended. Not all stories end up happy, and certainly this one was not happy at all, but the author seem to just say everone died and how tragic this was for the people and dogs. Plus, the narrator's voice and reading of this book had an abnormal changes of tones. It did not flow; more like a start and stop and the background sounds did not match.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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