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Rediscover one of literature’s most beloved classics, richly reissued in a pivotal new audio recording. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black) delivers a stirring performance of Jack London’s fierce yet tender tale of loyalty between man and beast, told from the point of view of a dog.   

The Call of the Wild remains one of London’s best-loved novels, often regarded as the crowning masterpiece of a writer whose enduring popularity and prolific output hold a unique place in American literature.  

On its face, the novel is the story of Buck, a dog stolen from his comfortable home on a California ranch and shipped to the frozen Yukon to be a trained as a sled dog. But this exhilarating tale of a canine hero’s fight for survival is in fact a vivid depiction of the great gold rush to the Klondike in 1897. Brutal and fierce on one hand, this iconic adventure story is also a heart-warming tale of the tenderness and loyalty between humans and animals, brilliantly told from the latter’s perspective.   

Narrator Schreiber, whose previous performance of Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho has endeared him to listeners, brings a classic American tale to the ears - and hearts - of a new generation.    

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Fabulous

Don’t miss this. A classic comes alive and is compelling. Worth your point and more. Can’t say enough good. Great book great performance!

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Narrator not as good as Samuel Griffin

This is the best version available on Audibles, but the best narration of all is performed by Sam Griffin. (He sounds like Tyrone Power.) Only available on cassette tape. Audibles should try to get a hold of it.

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Great new performance of a classic

i remember my mom reading this book to me as a kid. this was one of my favorites. Pablo Schreiber does an amazing job bringing the story to life.

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Wonderful!

I revisited this classic and fell in love with it all over again.
Pablo's narration really makes it pop.

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Call of the wild

A book from the point of view of a dog. What a great idea. Although London wrote over a hundred years ago the book sounds totally modern

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thoroughly enjoyed it

It was an amazing read. The book is easy to read along with, and the narrator added a creative touch to it.

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Thrilling and emotional

I thoroughly enjoyed this story!!! I absolutely love dogs and all animals and having a 4-month-old Husky with a big streak of wild running through him really connected me to the storyline.
I believe I will share this book and listen to it several more times.
Thank you.

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Wow! A classic is a classic.

Great writing. Great story. Great narration. A timeless story written and narrated to the highest standards.

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A book everyone should read

My late husband read this book in Italian and in English when he moved to the US. Although he loved wolves before, this made him fall madly in love with huskies. Reading this again, for me has touched me in a way it couldn’t when I read it in school. Jack London reveals Buck in an existential way that makes you feel like you are running with the wolves yourself. Pablo Schreiber’s reading draws the reader into the heart of the tale.

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A Classic

Frankly, I had forgotten what a wonderful story Call of the Wild is. London's words are timeless edging on poetic. Buck...what an animal. The reader performed beautifully.

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  • Simon
  • 08-06-18

Just a Shaggy Dog Story?

I always remember reading this and White Fang while still at school, which is quite a feat of memory in my case! To me these tales seemed remarkably fresh despite their age, this was after all first published in 1903. It's the tale of Buck, a domestic dog just coming of age who is dognapped and taken from the warm South to the frozen Yukon territory to serve new masters in the Klondike Gold Rush.

It's a classic animal coming of age tale but it's not a soft children's story. There is a lot of violence and some animal cruelty, it's a real tale of survival, betrayal and it even channels a christian message as Buck shows his more noble instincts.

This is an old story, but for me it was infused with the nostalgia of my schoolboy enjoyment so Pablo Schreiber's reading was a real pleasure. It really isn't just as shaggy dog story, it's much more than that, but it is also more classic than contemporary. Whether you enjoy it or not will depend on how you take to those characteristics and maybe whether or not you share my warm sense of nostalgia for it!

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  • Barry
  • 10-10-18

Great to hear it read by a real person.

Great to hear it read by a real person, far better than those other robotic voice versions out there.

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  • Shaleem
  • 09-06-18

Childhood memories awakened

I loved this book as a child, I was no more than 10 when I first read this book.
Now thirty years later it still gripped me and I didn’t want to stop.
What a wonderful story, read so masterfully. Thank you Audible.