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To Build a Fire Audiobook

To Build a Fire

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Publisher's Summary

"He travels fastest who travels alone...but not after the frost has dropped below zero 50 degrees or more." (Yukon Code)

Jack London’s best short story.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    Jim "The Impatient" 01-05-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "THE ABSENCE OF SUN"

    All about this not so bright individual who for some reason, unexplained, is running around in -50 weather. He is consistently getting wet. Every since I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, I have a problem taking Jack London very seriously. He was actually a drunk who spend very little time in the wild. As often as this guy got wet, I did not understand why he did not die sooner.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 02-21-14
    Aaron 02-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "never go alone in -50°"

    Written as only Jack London can...

    A man traveling alone across a winter-scape where temps are colder than -50 below.
    His legs accidentally go through a soft spot where natural spring waters remain free of ice regardless of temps. Now the emergency! He must start a fire, but his hands are not working, and his legs are starting to freeze.

    As I write this review, the midwest has been experiencing record cold temps as cold as -50°. School is cancelled and weather advisories go into effect. People are warned to stay indoors.

    In this book, his friend warns him not go out alone, but he doesn't listen...
    It is not London's best work, but he does manage to capture a certain poignancy.

    Narration was fine- Husmann has a classic, crisp tone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-27-13
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-27-13 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "Great classic."

    My son and I enjoyed this reading of this classic short story very much. It made our trip to the dentist a great experience.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten 08-06-15
    Kirsten 08-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Shocking!!!"

    Great story! The end completely caught me off guard. The performance was very well done.

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    Thomas 12-04-16
    Thomas 12-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing short story"

    If you're familiar with jack London and any of his works I have no doubt you'll like this story. The narrator does an excellent job with his tone and pace. And for some pocket change you can't go wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich 09-27-16
    Rich 09-27-16 Member Since 2016

    Rye-and-Indian, baked daily.

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    "A Simple Lesson Worth Fifty Cents"

    The rational, egotistic mind of man contrasted with the instinctive mind of dog: a short lesson worth remembering.

    The narration ought to have been in a more minor key, so to speak--it was a little too upbeat for the theme of this title. But hey, it's Jack London--find some pocket change and enjoy an evening's read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 05-28-16
    Chris 05-28-16
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    "Taste of childhood"

    I remember this being one of my favorites when growing up. I think the class hated it overall, most students questioning the point of the story.
    Back then I respected the beauty of the telling, the masterful descriptions of the Yukon.

    Short and sweet; the performance matching the tone. This is Jack London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tripp Irving, TX United States 04-28-15
    Tripp Irving, TX United States 04-28-15
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    "Bad story"

    It is depressing and sooooo confusing!! But the reader did well.........I wish the author had a less depressing story line

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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