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."
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.
"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)
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.
This recording needs to be cleaned up if not redone.
40 years in radio. Free speech... don't ever let anyone take it away from us. The Theatre of the mind is beautiful.
Better! The feelings and emotions of the story teller help get you involved in the story.
The Grapes of Wrath. I thought Henry Fonda was talking to me and me only.
Buck... How he became leader of the pack and survived was fun to see happen in my mind.
Survivalist in the dog world.
Makes my three hour road trips go by too fast. I want to drive around the block so I can end the chapter.
Yes, it's well wrote and well presented and I like this kind of story.
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.
When Buck was saved from the cruelty of those idiot young people from California
The whole thing moved me.
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
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.
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