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The Call of the Wild Audiobook

The Call of the Wild

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A bold-spirited dog named Buck is stripped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Klondike. There he is made a sled dog and battles to become his team's leader and the devoted servant of John Thornton, a man who shows him kindness amid the savage lawlessness of man and beast.

(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 10-22-15
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 10-22-15 Member Since 2016

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Yay! London As Read By Lee!"

    It doesn't get any better than this!
    I admit it: Anything with a dog, cat, heck, ANY animal in it? I'm hooked.
    But this book? As read by the extraordinary John Lee is wonderful. I'm sure you've read it already. It's, yes, as brutal, as heartbreaking, as touching as you remember it. It's got to be the most brilliant rendition of a dog's point of view that was ever written (no disrespect to "The Art of Racing in the Rain," but that book can't hold a candle to Buck's story, his pride, his confusion, his amazing will to survive), and you'll spend the three shortest hours of your life immersed in the world that Jack London finely crafted.
    Can't help it. The story makes me cry, always makes me wish for more. And John Lee's narration only added to the sense of drama, the overwhelming heartache I felt when the inevitable, "Audible hopes you enjoyed..." Just wanted so much more for the precious Buck.
    Brilliant!

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    teammine 09-17-12
    teammine 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a lover of good stories, a mom, a wife, and an educator.

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    "A "Great American Boy" Story"

    My son and I enjoyed this Audible version of the Call of the Wild very much. The narration was very well done. The story itself is one that captures the mind and heart, but I believe it especially speaks to young men. The progression of Buck's punishing experiences which lead him from being a pampered prince to King of the Wild, feared by men and respected by beasts, is something that appeals to the emerging man in every boy.

    For the sensitive child, this story may want to be "held" until about age 10-11. The abuse of animals and some violent fighting scenes may cause some difficulty for some.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 07-19-15
    Amy 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Epic Dog!"

    One of the greatest dog stories in literature. Over 50 years ago my parents named our first dog Buck. I finally know why.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Paul M Anheier 01-06-15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For someone into the setting and subject matter, sure. And I'd recommend the narrator to anyone--excellent work.


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

    So many memorable moments to choose from in this book. Spitz and Buck's confrontation. Buck and John Thornton on the banks. Buck returning to Thornton's camp. For such a short story, London sure knew how to pack poignant moments in, especially with so many of them not coming across as totally cliche or overdone.

    And I'll admit that moving to a rather snow-less part of the country this year has me craving anything and everything related to the arctic right now, which almost certainly magnified my enjoyment of this book. But still, I'd be quick to recommend it, and I can see why so many were drawn to this book.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    It's a draw between Francois and Perrault. Lee's French accent is AMAZING.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mediocrates 05-17-16
    Mediocrates 05-17-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Classic for a Reason"
    What did you love best about The Call of the Wild?

    Lovely book. Beautifully written. Way ahead of its time. London respectfully treats dogs as creatures of intelligence as opposed to the normal human way of thinking of dogs as base animals. Easy to tell London was a dog lover. Humans don't come off so well in this novel which makes this book all the more real. Prose may be a little tricky for most young listeners but well worth the challenge.


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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-28-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-28-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "John Lee"

    Browse The Call of The Wild at audio and 39 recordings come up. The story itself is a great story, so beautifully told. It is a little violent for those under ten. Dog fights to near death and animal abuse. It is a good look into life in the North and the importance of dogs. I believe a good dog is still important these days. The icing on the cake has to be John Lee. The book is all narration and John Lee's voice is perfect. I am sure the other recordings are good, but can't see how they can be better than Lee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jenny 10-23-15
    jenny 10-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    This was a different kind of book. I really I joyed the view of the dog and the nature of how he thinks. The alpha dog must fight to be the leader and he is always loyal to the end. It really was good and was read very well. It shows that the human race tends to abuse those that can't take up for themselves.

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    C. Provence Houston 03-26-14
    C. Provence Houston 03-26-14
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    "I Am Glad I Have a Son and Listened with Him!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is never a book I would have read on my own. But since I have an 11 year old son, I thought he would enjoy it since he loves the show GoldRush and dogs. I think I loved it more than him! Jack London's writing is so beautiful. The narrater had such a great voice too. Listening to it was extremely relaxing. However, it was much more violent and sad than I anticipated. Although, it did not seem to bother my son much. I highly recommend this to everyone even those that normally enjoy chick lit!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-09-15
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-09-15 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "Another memorable classic"

    I read this book when I was 10-years-old and remembered little from that first encounter. I thoroughly enjoyed this second go-round, although its content is extremely violent and not for the meek. As a canine lover I could imagine the heart of Buck in most of the dogs I've owned, even the Chihuahuas. This is a short listen but the length is perfect. One of the best Audible Daily Deals that has been offered.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nicolene Turnbow Sandy, Utah 03-24-15
    Nicolene Turnbow Sandy, Utah 03-24-15
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    "Call of The Wild"

    I thought it was a great book. The person reading was great. I have listened to it like 3 times.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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