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The Sea Wolf | [Jack London]

The Sea Wolf

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Audible Editor Reviews

Frank Muller does wonders with the story of foppish Humphrey Van Weyden, who grows stronger after his experiences at sea. Muller’s chilling interpretation of the sadistic captain, Wolf Larsen, is outstanding, lending an air of anticipated violence as conditions aboard the Ghost grow more dire. Given London’s well-drawn characters and thrill-a-moment plotting, including a shipwreck and a mutiny, Muller creates genuine personalities for major and secondary characters. It’s always possible to tell who’s speaking without the usual identifiers. One of audio’s finest voice actors, Muller performs London’s exciting adventure in a way that is completely satisfying.

Publisher's Summary

Wealthy ne'er-do-well Humphrey Van Weyden is a castaway who is put to work on the schooner Ghost, run by brutal Wolf Larsen. Toughened by life at sea, Humphrey develops the strength to protect another castaway, Maud Brewster, and stand up to the increasingly deranged Larsen. Experience the crashing, relentless power of the sea through this compelling story, made hauntingly immediate by author London's vivid prose.

(P)1988 by Recorded Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Muller reads with expression and variety that match the varying moods, feelings, and attitudes of all the characters, dogs included." (Kliatt Magazine)
"It gave us the sense of the cold, the snow, and most of all, the primeval feelings that London described." (The New Yorker)

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    Hika 02-10-08
    Hika 02-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Good"

    All the books narrated by Frank Muller are so good. Best version available.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Abram of the Seven Seas 04-27-12 Member Since 2011

    A seeker of wisdom, a theorist of husbandry, a traveler of distant lands - a bit eclectic...

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    "Frank Muller: A Reader of Worth..."

    While this book is no doubt of great literary value, and while its author should be lauded for his genius - the masterstroke belongs to the narrator. Indeed, Mr. Muller uses the talents of his voice to liberally enable the listener to not only appreciate the intrinsic qualities mentioned, but also to feel convinced that such appreciation would have been lost if one less able had set his voice to the task…

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Dublin 14Ireland 05-31-03
    Ross Dublin 14Ireland 05-31-03
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    "Great entertainment"

    This was my first listen to a Jack London novel and I was very impressed. If you like great writing, and an entertaining yarn with a bit of depth, you'll take to this in a big way.

    As usual, Frank Muller's reading is brilliant. Another classic audiobook from the Recorded Books stable.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 10-04-06
    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 10-04-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Muller reads London"

    How can you go wrong?

    Mediocre audio quality is my only complaint and I probably should only give it 4 stars because of that, but I give it 5 stars anyway for being so good.

    Great adventure, impeccably read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    austin 03-18-14
    austin 03-18-14
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    "Jack London + Frank Muller = Listen!"
    If you could sum up The Sea Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    Intellectual, engaging, fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sea Wolf?

    When Captain Wolf Larsen describes his take on life and the measure of it.


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

    As others have already stated, the man is a gifted narrator. He offers depth to characters which makes them easier to remember.


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

    I listen to it often. Most audiobooks I do not revisit, but this one I have many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack London and Jack London.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 05-31-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable Sea Adventure on the "Ghost"!"

    I loved this story about a sea adventure and life and its psychological conflicts.

    Jack London’s writing was excellent. The antagonist, Captain Wolf Larson, was the best villain!

    I also loved the romance that London included midway through the book between Van Weyden and the poet Maud Brewster.

    I agree with those who feel that it was one of Jack London’s best writings. I highly recommend this audible!

    Frank Muller’s narration was also masterful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    derek wilder, ID, United States 11-12-14
    derek wilder, ID, United States 11-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Warning! You will listen to it multiple times."
    If you could sum up The Sea Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Manly Poetry


    What other book might you compare The Sea Wolf to and why?

    On par with The Count of Monte Cristo. These are the only 2 books that I have actually listened to more than once and will probably listen to again. I am not sure what I like most about them. But I think some of the key components are as follows. The characters are believable, and very few books actually achieve this. Both have creative plots without any blaring holes. Both examine our motives. And they are both just well thought out and written books back when people took the time to do thing wright.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Wait, there was a narrator? Hmm...I didn't notice, since the story came alive in my imagination. .....Yes, he was that good.


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

    So many it might be easier to list the parts that didn't. Only I can't remember what they were exactly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like either Poetry, Philosophy, Ships, Romance, Logic or just plan manliness. Then you will like this story. If you like them all then you will love this book, because it has them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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