Jack London's masterpiece tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.
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on a quest to listen to the classics with a few others sprinkled in.
I remember reading Jack London's The Sea Wolf several years ago, which I think is his best book. Mr London is very good at describing scenes. This one is from the viewpoint of the dog (Buck). It is well written and a quick listen.
The narrator is very good except he's a little slow for me. I bumped the speed up to 1.5x which worked well and made the book even shorter.
I was a little surprised by the last phrase of the book "...which is the song of the pack.". Seems more fitting to have ended with "...which is the call of the wild." Anyway, it was a good story.
I was born a long time ago in a small town far, far, away. Tanta stultitia mortalium est.
Call of the Wild takes you through the full spectrum of emotions. Fear, Love, Loathing, Anger, Triumph. This version is especially good because of the quality narration.
I have read Call many times. Jacks exquisite use of writing is among the heavens. Guys like him are gone forever; his subject matter formed in Time by his words will be the stuff out of which we will still hear the long wolf call though not from this earth.
Breaking out a thousand pounds and carrying it a hundred yards....Francois would say,That Buck, he is some dog!
The overall narrative was well done.
Audible is swell...
I gave this one a listen after reading that George Orwell was inspired by Jack London and his writing. Call of the Wild is a fast-moving book with vivid descriptions of life under the rule of "club and pain" in the arctic Yukon at the time of the gold rush. The story of Buck's rise from domesticated "Southland" ranch dog to almost superhero status feels a little corny toward the end but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Narrator Husmann does a fine job, though his urbane voice sounds a little mismatched for this gritty tale.
Such a quick read, but its such a wonderful little story of a dog finding his wild side again. Highly recommended
This classic story is told in 3rd person through the POV of Buck, a Saint Bernard / Scotch Shepherd mix. When the story opens, Buck is "living the life of a sated aristocrat" in Southern California, 1897. Suddenly stolen from his home by a treacherous servant, Buck is forced to pull sleds in Alaska during the Klondike Strike.
Peter Husmann masterfully gave voice to Buck's thoughts and feelings. He portrayed Buck's keen intelligence as he strove to quickly learn the sledding ropes, the laws of survival (how does a dog sleep in the snow?), becoming lead dog in the team, taking on the vicious Spitz. I could feel Buck's determination and -- later -- his numb exhaustion and despair as he was nearly driven to an exhausted end by The Hateful Hal.
Husmann clearly portrayed the joy and love Buck felt for his beloved John Thornton, and the fun of romping around with John's dogs: Skeet the Irish Setter and Nig the black deer hound.
Most Memorable Scenes:
Buck's suffering, especially at the hands of abusive Hal, Charles, and Mercedes.
His utter devotion to John Thornton, never letting him out of his sight.
The whitewater rapids scene.
The Bet. Pull 1000 pounds 100 yards to win $1600 for JT.
Hunting and killing an injured moose buck. (Not my favorite scene, but vivid.)
Be warned: The ending is not sugar coated.
I came to this after listening to a Radio 4 production of London's "The Sea Wolf" and, if I'm honest, because it turned up cheap.
Technically the recording isn't as clean as some others, but this really just adds to the vintage atmosphere.
There's a lot going on, many villains, a few heroes, and a lot of exposition from the dog's point of view.
If you're a dog lover, you'll have your dander up in a few places, but it's no spoiler to say that things will be settled to your satisfaction. As story that has a lot of period detail and vocabulary (obviously) but it doesn't feel dated.
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