(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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I absolutely love the prose of Jack London. I wonder exactly how many people have died, pulled North to the Wild by the romantic pen of Jack London. I finished a while back (Dietz's version) and was crying as I listened to it with my kids.
I've recently become interested in listening to several classics by different readers. London was one of the first I've done this with, but it worked well so he won't be the last.
John Lee gives a very solid reading of this classic. I think this is probably the superior audio of White Fang. While I like Dietz (and haven't done anything but sampled Thomley), Lee's reading is straight forward and easily managed at hyper-audio speeds (2.5x or faster). The only downside of a narration by Lee, is it is sort of like watching a movie with Kevin Bacon. They guy is everywhere and it is weird to hear his voice in so many places.
An avid reader, I was concerned that audiobooks would be more like 3rd grade reading circle and less like a performance. I was wrong. I only wish I had started sooner!
I would consider it so, yes. the narrator really brings the words to life, in a way I didn't think possible.
The Call of the Wild. the stories, and the point of view from which they are told, is unique and fascinating.
The first meeting between White Fang and the "Love Master" - no spoilers here, though
I did. This is the first novel as a child that I ever read, and listening to it tok me back to third grade, and the wonder I felt as I realized that a story - jut words, mind you, no pictures - could, really could, take me to another place.
This is a must-have in every library, and every Audible collection.
Courage to live
Weeden Scott, he has love for White Fang
All of them well performed by John Lee
When White Fang learned love.
I was encouraged by White Fang's way of vital living . He learned how to adjust his life with different masters and different circumstances.
This audio has white fang and a couple other short stories. Jack London is a great writer, he picks up the story at the perfect spot and end it at the perfect spot.
When Buck first heard the "voices" from deep in the woods and you understood what the book was about. It really touched that spot in you that makes you want to get way and back to nature.
try listening to it at 1.5x the speed, I think it adds to the performance, it makes it more suspenseful and puts more an urge or eagerness in the characters to fulfill their destiny.
I love Jack London's unique narrative style. The principal character is a wolf, and you are able to live the history thru his eyes. Jack is able to "think" like a wolf would do. Also he transports you to foreign places. The history also is very good. Great time with this Audie.
In some ways. You can listen to an audio while working, driving etc and can't read during those times.
I suppose the other one I just listened to which was by Jack London, CALL OF THE WILD and they were both great, about animal, but opposite. One goes from wild to tame and the other goes from tame to wild.
The different character voices.
This book made me both cry and laugh, I think my fellow workers, wonder what I am listening to many times.
The writing: London's narration renders the cognitive and and emotional processes propelling White Fang through his experience of the wild and captivity relatable—and even endearing—without over-anthropomorphizing the animal protagonist.
The performance: Lee's intonation and pacing seem to enhance the sense of wonder that pervades the writing. His impersonation of the story's human characters through their spoken dialogue was consistent and diverse, yet reserved and not jarringly campy.
I especially enjoyed White Fang's initial exploration beyond the walls of Kiche's den. The tactile description of the cub's introduction to the physical world—everything from gravity and momentum, to water, to the predator-prey dynamic—was imaginative, immersive and, at times, surprising in the novelty of its perspective.
Honestly, this book probably doesn't need a review, it's a classic for a reason. It's been made a classic because of the ingenious way Jack London puts you into the perspective of the main characters.
The most memorable moments are the compassionate ones when White fang learns how to be Human and what all that entails, even if it's only in wolf language. He tries as hard as he can (and you can feel it) and when you see what that brings to him it's breathtaking.
John Lee is an incredible voice actor and he pulls out all the stops here. The book is more of a 3rd person so there wasn't a lot of imitated voices but the ones that he did were sincere and sometimes comical.
This book is good for long sittings or short ones. The book goes through chapters of White Fang's life so reading it in chunks fits the story, although I myself listened to almost all of it in one sitting with great satisfaction.
You won't regret buying this book. There are some points that are a little tedious but that's because it's a product of it's age. The climaxes culminate in warming waves and tearing pains. The mixture of both makes it an emotionally rounded novel that is passionate and fulfilling.
This is my favorite book! When I found it in Audible and read by John Lee, I had to get it! I have read this book at least 3 times, but listening to it makes it awesome!
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