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"To Build a Fire," the best-known of Jack London's many short stories, tells the tale of a solitary traveler on the Yukon Trail accompanied only by his dog as they endure the extreme cold. A classic narrative of a battle for survival against the forces of nature, "To Build a Fire" is London at his best. Also included here are "The Red One," "All Gold Canyon," "A Piece of Steak," "The Love of Life," "Flush of Gold," "The Story of Keesh," and "The Wisdom of the Trail." A vital collection of works by one of the greatest short-story writers in American literature, this edition is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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Classic stories, poorly read

These classic Jack London stories are engaging, if a little tedious in detail...at times. The problem here is the narration. Little to no inflection. In fact, it is difficult to tell when a story ends, as the reader moves on to the title of the next story without a pause, and with no change in voice or inflection while reading the title and starting the next story.

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Excellent short stories fabulous narrator

I highly recommend this book and was very moved by all the stories, another triumph by Jack London.

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Meh...

Jack London is a great writer!!! However, this book is difficult to pay attention to! The narrator is easy to understand but the tone of the narration is in my opinion monotone! I've read some of these stories before and I'm desperately trying to figure out who the narrator was, so that I might offer you an alternative! When I find it, I'll add it to this review.