Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.
Public Domain (P)2014 Trout Lake Media
unlistenable...the reader has a pleasant, deep voice but he whispers like he's trying to put a child to sleep. I was unable to fully understand what he was saying.
"Great Introductory Literature; Lousy Production"
I might have read 'Call of the Wild' in high school--I can't remember. If I did, surely I dismissed it as bothersome homework that wasn't as exciting as video games.
Two-plus decades later, I now find COTW way more exciting than video games. London's delivery is just great, following the trials of Buck and his indomitable spirit from California ranch dog to Alaskan free-range wolf. From the violent gold-rushers to the disciplined postal routes to the ignorant family and the love of John Thorton, every episode is a slice of the human condition--for better or worse--creatively told from the canine perspective.
The production of this title is very poor--the spliced recording has seams and the fidelity of the narrator has too much bass--but the narrator (Munro? Husmann? Artwork and metadata have conflicting information) does have moments of excellence: the scenes of Dave's death and the snowshoe rabbit rise to the top.
"There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move." --Jack London, Call of the Wild
This book is a simple, terrific introduction to American literature and deserves a better recording. But hey, I found this on Audible for 50 cents--it was pocket change well spent.
"great story, but not the best narration"
really liked this book. the narration was not the best, but for the price I'd listen to Richard Simmons read it.
"Great story poorly read"
This is a great book but the reading was so frustrating to listen to. The dialogue sections were good but the rest was almost monotone. The reader's voice is very low (bass) and often low (soft) with little fluctuation, making words indiscernible. My opinion.
"My Favorite Author of All time"
I yearn to get out of the city and to get out of the 9-5 lifestyle so much that this book nearly makes me cry every time I read it.
Why? Because inside of us all is a forgotten, primitive existence that is just under the surface. And reading this book reminds me of that existence and I get a little happier inside knowing that I'm connected to my ancestors on a level that I can't explain.
Authors voice to low. Makes playback difficult to understand. Buy different voice actor - there are a few versions of this book
"Not really the best protagonist but goodish story"
Buck steals from the men that he considers just, which didn't help me to appreciate him as a protagonist, but Jack London did a good job characterizing all the dogs.
"No, definitely, no"
I am very sorry, because the story is definitely good, but the voice is terribly monotone, made me sleepy, very sleepy
"Couldn't understand narrator"
Very deep voice and poor enunciation makes for a very difficult listening experience. It was so bad that I gave up listening after twenty minutes.
"Portrait of the Arctic and a Young Dog"
I once wrote a story from the point of view of a dog that was rejected because, I was told, readers don't go for anthropomorphism. Jack London's famous novel, an American classic, is an anthropomorphic tale, and having read it now for the first time, I call bullpucky on that editor. Maybe my story wasn't good enough, but readers love anthropomorphism, especially when it's about the animal they love most: dogs.
Based on his own experiences in the Yukon territory, and based on a friend's dog, London's short novel tells the story of Buck, a pet who is stolen and sold into servitude as a sled dog during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s. He meets bad people, he meets desperate people, he meets good people. He fights off other dogs, and evolves from a house pet to a powerful work dog and, ultimately, hears the call of the wild.
You can easily read this as a straightforward adventure story, or if you are so inclined, you can read in tons of symbolism, allegory, and philosophy (primitivism, pastoralism, Darwin, whom London read during his year in the Yukon, Nietzsche, etc.). Either way, if you love dogs, your heart will ache for Buck.
On the other hand, your ears will ache from the terrible narration, a bass voice annoyingly reading the novel in sotto voce. Put up with it -- the story is worth it.
"Humans inhumanity is all too human."
Buck a domesticated dog is stolen for use during the gold rush in the Yukon; use is not a word I use lightly here, enslaved would begin to describe it better. This is not a childrens book by any standard; the description of cruelty of humans towards animals is brutal and unrelenting, also the descriptions of the survival of the fittest is not restricted in any way, expect gore and cruelty in bucket loads.
This is a tale of adventure and survival, that takes you into a world where nature is king and master of men and animals, one mistake one miscalculation and your life is gone.
I finished this short book in one sitting and enjoyed the resilience of buck but found some of the violence a bit disturbing.
The reader is good but puts little inflection on his voice I found that speeding the voice made it better to listen to.
"put together from a library of recorded words"
I remember this to be a great story, however I couldn't even get through the first chapter as the "reading" was so terrible. A computer has put recorded words in the right order, however there is no flow or intonation and its is unpleasant to listen to as a result. Don't waste your money.
All that made Jack London a great writer is neatly encapsulated in this story. Shorn of all anthropomorphised saccharined nonsense, it is truly moving.
"A stunning wild classic"
Overall a good presentation and easy to listen to. This is a short classic which perhaps would have fitted into a young adult genre, had that existed when it was published in the early 1900s.
Buck and John Thornton are both favourites. The dog Buck is a wonderful character and the story written from his perspective is beautiful. Yes harsh at times but the reality of life at that time. Not over the top in its depiction of brutality so suitable for all including devoted dog owners such as myself! John Thornton is a kind man in amongst others who are not. All dog lovers can appreciate the bond between man and beloved pooch.
A good performance by Alan Munro. I had to keep my iPad closer to me whilst listening than usual as the presentation is slightly quieter than others from audible. Only a minor criticism though.
Yes and no! I wanted to savour it! The language is stunning.
Jack London is an author I will explore more. His writing is beautiful. Classic literature at its best and easily understood. Thoroughly recommended.
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