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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

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A Classic

A terrific novel by Jack London. Alan Munro's interpretation of some voices is quite interesting but has a warm tone overall. Highly recommended.

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  • Rich
  • 11-12-2015

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.

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  • Jami L
  • 09-03-2015

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.

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  • David Redding
  • 10-03-2015

Speak up!

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.

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 27-06-2016

Enter the Wild

Jack London's incredible story of Buck and his adventures in the Alaskan wilderness a classic for very good read. This should be required reading for anyone who loves dogs, or just animals in general as you'll definitely look at nature differently afterwards. I really can't recommend this highly enough.

That said, this audio performance leaves a lot to be desired. Alan Munro rarely strays from a dull monotone and has a naturally raspy voice. That, coupled with a poorly edited recording makes parts of this very hard to follow. Do yourself a favor and read this instead listening to it. It's too good a story for anything to stand in your way.

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  • Brian
  • 26-05-2016

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.

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  • Terrass Misher
  • 04-05-2016

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.

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  • John Techwriter
  • 21-02-2021

I’m done with London

This was written in February 2021. As our society recovers from near-takeover by nativist white supremacists, we liberals have been rudely awakened to the consequences of our complacency. Now we even question our choice of authors.

This is justified in Jack London’s case. One of the greatest storytellers of his time, it is easy to be mesmerized by tales of surviving nature’s adversity, like “To Build A Fire” or “The Call of the Wild.”

It takes some digging to discover these tales’ shared underpinnings. A devotee of the now-bankrupt philosophy of eugenics, London was obsessed with the idea of superiority of races and species, and their justified domination of others. To his twisted thinking, shared by millions at the time, and later by the Nazis, the White race has been selected by nature to rule the planet — just as a magnificent dog can return to nature and prevail over larger but lesser species.

Now that I am aware of this evil undercurrent, I can no longer enjoy reading London’s work. One thing he did enlighten me about: how smoothly a talented author can take an innocent reader down the dark paths that are part of the human condition.

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  • Donna Marshall-Mogavero
  • 10-04-2020

The narrator is annoying.

I am very fond of Jack London's novels and short stories. This would have been a great listen except for the odd way the performer stopped and started (or paused) at inappropriate places in the sentences. I found this to be annoying and it distracted me from being able to following the thread of the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-2020

Great Narrator

Always have loved this story and Alan Munro brought the story to life. Loved it!!

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  • Gary W
  • 01-03-2020

Classic with many life lessons.

Now I know why it was required reading in high school. with a few decades of experience I picked up on a lot of things that I'm sure I missed as a teenager

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  • chloeT
  • 17-02-2016

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.

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  • Manda N
  • 07-11-2016

A stunning wild classic

What made the experience of listening to The Call of the Wild the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Alan Munro’s performance did you like?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no! I wanted to savour it! The language is stunning.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-2016

A classic

All that made Jack London a great writer is neatly encapsulated in this story. Shorn of all anthropomorphised saccharined nonsense, it is truly moving.

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  • Wras
  • 27-04-2015

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.

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  • Simmy
  • 25-12-2019

Terrible narration

I had to download another version only 30 minutes in. This narrator has a great voice, but the... “inflictions” and... “long pauses”... to highlight the... “next sentence”.... were... “misplaced” and.. “ overdone”.
It didn’t flow and drove me mad. Just awful narration in the grammatical sense.

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  • ANGELA SOLOMON
  • 07-03-2017

Buck's freedom

I enjoyed this story especially the section where Buck was running with the wolf so free and happy. I could visualise the countryside.

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  • Combat Wombat
  • 20-02-2017

Wonderful story. Terrible narration.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The call of the wild is a wonderful story.
The narrator makes it illiterate.
"He allowed the majors boys to ride on his back." Is read as
"He allowed
The majors boys
To ride
On
his back."

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He could not narrate.

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  • MR LEWIS-GEORGE NASH
  • 09-06-2020

Unique classic

The narrator is a little lacking in emotion but clear and steam. The story is different from the usual as you see through the eyes of a dog. Very well done. Strong story and good writing.

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  • hugh rochefort
  • 26-03-2019

Lovely

I love this book it is really good iloce wolfs and i liked white fang to

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  • Shelley Wood
  • 09-03-2019

Unlistenable

The narration on this is awful. so fuzzy and unsubtle in some places you need to crank up the volume only for the narrator to suddenly increase his volume and dispense some long term damage on your eardrums. Couldn’t get past the first 30 mins. Buy the book and save your credits

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