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But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This book had lots of action to keep a reading engaged throughout the whole story.
Of course - the ending. To avoid any type of spoiler, it's just important to read through the end.
Brilliant book on resilience in the face of exceptional tragedy, pain and cruelty. London's writing is so vivid and detailed that it far exceeds any photo or movie. The imagery envelops the reader so that you're transported to the location. The anthropomorphism gives insight into these great creatures. Yet it also reveals the genius that London is. For, in so doing, London creates a a stunning allegory into mankind.
For all of life's cruelty and indifference, there exists an indomitable and indefatigable resilience and clinging to life. Through adversity comes wisdom and majestic grade. However the path to transformation is through unconditional love. A love that is not pithy and indulgent but one of patience and tempered restraint. A love that corrects and disciplines, yet always looks at the bigger picture.
It's a very beautiful book. Especially if you are an animal lover like myself. The cruelest of the turn of the 20th century Klondike seekers is still among us- they always will be. The machismo, bravado boasters who, themselves, are more animals than men. Nothing has changed in this regard. The pugnacious still persist in the form of bros, of meatheads, of hyper testosterone-laden grunts. Yet, despite this, we see acts of extreme kindness abound. We hear stories of humankind's incredible resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors and we then recognize the God given gift of the will to live.
I read White Fang's story when I was younger. However, I really enjoyed having it read to me by the talented narrator 40 years later. White Fang's beginning was brutal, but he certainly found his much-deserved happily ever after.
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