To Build a Fire

Narrated by: Peter Husmann
Length: 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (734 ratings)

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"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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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.

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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.

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Terror in the the banal

If there is another author who can create such an engrossing tale about something as Benign as buiiing a fire , I have yet to encounter him.

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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.

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Only Jack Could Write This

One of his great short stories focusing his time in the Yukon.

Peter does a good read and you can feel the cold and need of fire.

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Shocking!!!

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

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it Gets more interesting by the end

the last part is really cool ! It looks like one is there watching ! Its an interesting description of a scene on the wild cold north !

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Epic Jack London

As a Jack London fan I was not disappointed from page one through the last page. The reader was smooth and read with energy and grit. I could see the man and dog in every scene as though I were watching through a looking glass.

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  • JB
  • 01-01-20

Gripping

The story is gripping and fascinating. A man dealing with the unforgiving brutality of nature just doing its thing. The narrator is very effective in his delivery.

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Must read.

An amazing short story about the power of on man's battle with the elements and his own ridiculous stubbornness.

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  • TheNameless
  • 09-17-18

A cautionary tale...

...and a quick and engaging listen. The narration fit the story very well. This is one to listen to while you're curled up somewhere warm!