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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

33 of 44 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Shocking!!!

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

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The Best of Jack London

the story brings home the knowledge of the fragility of life and especially the fragility of a harsh environment

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Great story, horrible narrotor

One of the greatest stories ever, almost ruined by poor narration.
Slow it down to 80%, but it still needs help.

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Doesn't get old...

I read this story for the time 30 years ago at college in a lit class and it made quite an impression on me. I've reread it a handful of times since and just listened to it again... Haunting and beautifully crafted.

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  • Trevor
  • Rochester, NY
  • 08-06-18

frightening

Jack London's 'To Build a Fire' both feeds my love for travel by talking about the narrator's experience on the Yukon valley, and frightens me as a hiker. Well worth the listen!

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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!