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White Fang | [Jack London]

White Fang

In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?
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In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-10-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Not just for my Kids or my Youth"

    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer EAST PALATKA, FL, US 11-01-12
    Amazon Customer EAST PALATKA, FL, US 11-01-12

    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!

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    "Top-rate story and storytelling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of White Fang to be better than the print version?

    I would consider it so, yes. the narrator really brings the words to life, in a way I didn't think possible.


    What other book might you compare White Fang to and why?

    The Call of the Wild. the stories, and the point of view from which they are told, is unique and fascinating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first meeting between White Fang and the "Love Master" - no spoilers here, though


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must-have in every library, and every Audible collection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Asako MOUNT KISCO, NY, United States 11-26-12
    Asako MOUNT KISCO, NY, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The fate of domesticated wolf that inducs pathos"
    If you could sum up White Fang in three words, what would they be?

    Courage to live


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Weeden Scott, he has love for White Fang


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

    All of them well performed by John Lee


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When White Fang learned love.


    Any additional comments?

    I was encouraged by White Fang's way of vital living . He learned how to adjust his life with different masters and different circumstances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Galt 07-25-08
    John Galt 07-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great reading"

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. I own a few audio versions and this is by far the best. Very well done.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 08-11-14
    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2007

    Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.

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    "JACK LONDON'S DOGS"

    “White Fang” is one of two famous works by Jack London. London writes an entertaining story about a mostly wild wolf that becomes a domesticate pet of an American geologist who visits Alaska and returns to California.

    A criticism of the story is its similarity to “Call of the Wild” which involves an abused domesticate dog that is born in California, stolen by an abusive thief, and released in Alaska. London is an outstanding wordsmith that draws a reader into “White Fang”; despite its aura of a twice told tale. Both dogs in London’s two tales grow to be ferocious fighters; adopted by abusive owners that use dogs in a fight-to-the-death betting’ sport.

    “White Fang” is a sweet adventure but not quite as emotion laden as “Call of the Wild”. London offers a compelling description of Alaska’s wild and its relationship with meat-trail winners and losers.

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    TURNER SCHAFER PEORIA, AZ, United States 11-18-13
    TURNER SCHAFER PEORIA, AZ, United States 11-18-13
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    "truly is a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to White Fang the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fang?

    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.


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

    Buck


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mario Edo. Mex., Mexico 03-07-13
    Mario Edo. Mex., Mexico 03-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Jack London's unique narrative style"
    What did you love best about White Fang?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 10-05-12
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FROM WILD TO TAME"
    Would you consider the audio edition of White Fang to be better than the print version?

    In some ways. You can listen to an audio while working, driving etc and can't read during those times.


    What other book might you compare White Fang to and why?

    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.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different character voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me both cry and laugh, I think my fellow workers, wonder what I am listening to many times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Senecal Corvallis, OR, United States 09-22-12
    Aaron Senecal Corvallis, OR, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story; fantastic performance."
    What made the experience of listening to White Fang the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl HUNTINGTON, WV, United States 07-06-12
    Carl HUNTINGTON, WV, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A wolf gone native on it's race"
    Where does White Fang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fang?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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