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The Call of the Wild

Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. 

The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.

Public Domain (P)2018 Our Life Publishing

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Great version of a classic story

Call of the Wild is remarkable in it's extensive character development within a relatively short story. It's unique in that the characters who are most developed and the dynamics that are most explored pertain to dogs. In Call of the Wild human characters play second fiddle and are essentially just used to move the plot forward. It's a great classic tale and should certainly not be missed. Gregg Rizzo, the narrator, has the perfect voice for Call of the Wild. He absolutely brought it to life and his voice is strong and steady enough that it could believably represent the dog's inner narrative. He comes across as a true professional narrator and this makes for a great version of a classic story - one that could be used for classroom or personal use. Thank you to the author, the narrator, and audiobook boom for the complimentary copy of the book in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.

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  • Walnut Creek, CA United States
  • 04-24-19

Buck’s Journey into the Wild

Although I’ve intended to read Call of the Wild for some time now, this was in fact the first time I’ve read (listened to) it. Call of the Wild is a classic tale; it is such a good story.

Call of the Wild was written by Jack London in the early 1900s. The short story takes place in Yukon, Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush.

The story is told through the eyes of Buck, a powerfully-built St. Bernard and sheepdog mix living the good life in California. However, when gold is discovered in the Klondike, Buck is sold to men in search of powerful sled dogs. And so, the pampered pet must adapt to life in Canada’s harsh wilderness.

The narrator Gregg Rizzo has the perfect voice for this story. His voice is exactly how I imagine Buck would sound if Buck were given voice!

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A classic tale with a few narration issues

Overall, this is a solid production of a classic tale. Greg Rizzo does a good job narrating for the most part, however I found it difficult to understand him when he would do the voices of some of the characters, François and Perrault in particular. These issues were mostly toward the beginning and really only when a character was supposed to have an accent. The rest of the book is well done, and I enjoyed listening to it. I have listened to a number of other books Rizzo has narrated, and he is well suited to these types of classics.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Good narrating

This is the fourth book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I originally read it in school and enjoyed it. I listened to it because the book was offered to me and I’ve previously listened to other books by this narrator ( Greg Rizzo- six books ). I knew what to expect and have enjoyed the previous books of his. He does well reading the classics. His narration is smooth without extreme variations in expression.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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love it

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!

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