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I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
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.
This story is considered a classic for good reasons. Published over a century ago, the story remains timeless. It also offers glimpse into the past, as Jack London's descriptions of northern life, and in particular the life of First Nations people at the time, is fairly accurate from all accounts.
It refreshing to see how a masterful author can handle cruelty and violence without resulting to the usual graphic descriptions of today. Make no mistake, this is a story about a wolf cub at a time when society was much less predisposed to kindness. It stands to reason this story doesn't follow a Disney like pattern.
What the story does so well, however, is to illustrate the cruelty of certain men. This cruelty stands side by side in comparison to the supposed cruelty of the wolf, which is judged negatively at every turn by "civilized man". It does provide good food for thought.
John Lee did an excellent job. Even if you've read the book, it's worth listening to the audio book just for the performance. If you're not familiar with the story, then I can only mention that this really is a "must read" novel. You won't be disappointed.
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.
Jack London has a knack for capturing the wild in words and describing the perspective of a wild animal, like White Fang. White Fang's progression from wild pup to domesticated, but ferocious wolf and beyond made for a great story.
White Fang, of course! He's a wolf.
John Lee's voice sometimes sort of hypnotized me and made me relax (might also be due to the very detailed writing of Jack London), so I would sort of doze of and miss some part of the story. John Lee's narration of the story and all the characters was by no means bad, though, just not the best.
White Fang by Jack London may not be the most riveting story I've read, but it was a good book and I enjoyed it.
It's been many years since I read this story. It was performed wonderfully I loved it. I will listen to it again in a few months just because I was slightly distracted while driving. Great book
Is anything I write here going to make a difference? Certainly the author won't benefit or care about my review, but maybe Jack London's estate might. But I wanted you to know that I just listened to a dynamite audio version of the book read by John Lee and I found myself loving it. It's been decades since I read the book, and I was surprised at how much I remembered. It was a bit wordier than I remembered, and the words were a bit stilted, but was that because it was written in 1905 or maybe because Jack London was writing a POV and wanted it to sound like how a wolf-dog would think? I bet it was probably a bit of both. Don't let the language stop you from enjoying the book, or enjoying it again! And I totally think you should experience this audio edition!
The book is a master piece of literature. History of the sled dog, the Eskimo Indian, the mind of the wild wolf and the power kindness and love should be read by adolescent boys and adults. The book is clean devoid of filthy language yet full of disastrous frightful real adventure. Love wins out in the end.
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