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.
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"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)
A seeker of wisdom, a theorist of husbandry, a traveler of distant lands - a bit eclectic...
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…
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.
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.
Awesome Manly Poetry
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.
Wait, there was a narrator? Hmm...I didn't notice, since the story came alive in my imagination. .....Yes, he was that good.
So many it might be easier to list the parts that didn't. Only I can't remember what they were exactly.
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.
Intellectual, engaging, fun
When Captain Wolf Larsen describes his take on life and the measure of it.
As others have already stated, the man is a gifted narrator. He offers depth to characters which makes them easier to remember.
I listen to it often. Most audiobooks I do not revisit, but this one I have many times.
Jack London and Jack London.
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.
Degree in the Creative Arts. Love the Classics
This is a really good read, although the diversion into romance, I think, detracts from its strength. The narration, however, is nothing less than superb. London's writing is crisp and clear; I just wish he had gone in a different direction instead of the half Robinson Crusoe adventure and romantic thriller at the end.
I've seen this book described in so many ways: high-seas tale, a boy's adventure, modernist melodrama, etc. etc. But my impression is that while Mr London may have started with the genre, he ultimately created something both broader and deeper than the typical, classic adventure stories of his day.
The Sea Wolf is part memoir, part philosophical discourse, part cautionary tale, and part nautical primer (you will likely want a dictionary at hand if you want to understand the ship's terminology). As I listened (nearly straight through over the course of 3 days) I was reminded at times of Dickens, of Henry James, of Hemingway, of Pat Conroy, and even of Cormac McCarthy.
This is a very good book that has held up very well over time. It feels like a classic yarn and at the same time it feels very modern. It is a manly book but not chauvinistic. The themes are familiar but uniquely crafted. Anyone who loves adventure stories that also take the reader on a journey of introspection will find if well worth their time.
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