The Call of the Wild

Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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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.    

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"Narrator Pablo Schreiber's pacing, tone, and timbre are spot-on as he delivers this often brutal story.... Schreiber narrates with exquisite restraint.... The narration is ably done and the adventure well served." (AudioFile)

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The Call of the Wild

Well written, you'll have no problem with this story being told from the dogs point of view. The narrator was excellent...in fact I really don't think anyone else could have done better.

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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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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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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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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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Magnificent!

Thank you Audible for recommending to me this classic! Jack London is an amazing writer who captures, so genuinely, the brutality of the time period. I adore all dogs and now Buck holds a special place in my heart. Please listen!

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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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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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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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  • Amy
  • 05-27-20

Loved it!

It's sad but happy but sad, I downloaded it without looking at what it was about and I really enjoyed it and the narrator was perfect for reading this book.

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  • Amanda
  • 05-27-20

best book in a long time

loved it was sad at times but it finished fantastic, will be looking for others like these

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  • Kristin
  • 04-25-20

simple and enjoyable

I can see why this is a classic. highly enjoyable and with a few nice insights into the wild side of love.

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  • Tracey Jevons
  • 03-25-20

A really good emotional read for the love of dogs.

A gentle journey told by the dog. Good Narrator & very enjoyable. Really good change

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-20

Easy listening

I got this book after seeing the film. It is very different, more harsh, but enjoyable.

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  • sarah orchard
  • 03-12-20

Fabulous

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wish I had suggested it to our bookclub. Do read or listen to it...

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  • E
  • 01-13-20

Beautiful.

I just. This is such an amazing book. and it's so well performed "And he is not always alone... He may be seen running ahead the pack..." it's so haunting and painful, so beautiful and close. I cannot recommend this recording anymore. I finished it in 1 sitting. and you will want to too.

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  • Simmy
  • 12-29-19

Fantastic and heart warming


Much better than I remembered the book to be when I read it 40 years ago. Great story, well narrated.

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  • nyk sweeten
  • 12-29-19

Beautiful

A beautiful and rich story of dogs life from domestic to wild, set in a rich and diverse landscape.

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  • Blackbishop
  • 03-09-20

Answer the call of the Wild

A great performance of a timeless classic, Jack London at his best, a must read for every lover of great adventure.