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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)2013 Trout Lake Media

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  • DB
  • 25-06-2015

the song of the pack or the call of the wild?

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I remember reading Jack London's The Sea Wolf several years ago, which I think is his best book. Mr London is very good at describing scenes. This one is from the viewpoint of the dog (Buck). It is well written and a quick listen.

The narrator is very good except he's a little slow for me. I bumped the speed up to 1.5x which worked well and made the book even shorter.

I was a little surprised by the last phrase of the book "...which is the song of the pack.". Seems more fitting to have ended with "...which is the call of the wild." Anyway, it was a good story.

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  • Cameron
  • 27-01-2017

Good book but slow speaking

The Boise is super slow so I had to listen to the whole thing in 1.25x speed but it's an amazing book

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  • EHMnicke
  • 20-06-2018

Favorite so far!

Truly a rollercoaster of a story! Really connected with me as a dog owner and lover!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-05-2018

Story was good. Not the most compelling writing.

Yeah I enjoyed the story overall but the writing style and stuff made it feel a little slow at times so it wasn't like a nail biter or some big page turner.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-2018

Awesome

Well written story and the narrator did a great job. I liked the way that Buck was portrayed because it i showed me the small world of a Dog that lives to pull a sled in Alaska, and how every dog we have is connected to the past.

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  • Oakley Hill
  • 18-03-2018

When the optional heading is not optional

Good story. I expected a lot more from a Jack London book, but it was still a fantastic story. not many one liners, but the story ittself was fantastic and full of depth. like Buck, we all feel a call to go back to the wild.

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  • ED
  • 19-02-2018

essential read/ re-read

Quick read/ listen and a great narration.
It's not just about the dog, its about you...

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  • Sarah Garland
  • 13-01-2018

Thrilling

I never realized this classic was from the perspective of a dog. As a modern day John Thornton myself it was an incredibly painful read. Reminded me of Tarzan meets William Wallace. I'm glad I caught up and listened to this classic. I am glad it had what Buck would call a happy ending. I had to keep reading because of it. I'll never watch this in movie form.

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  • linda
  • 01-12-2017

A classic not to be missed

When I asked my adult son, “What is the one book you would want your child to read,” he noted, “The Call of the Wild.” So I decided I should listen to it on audible. It is a beautifully written story of perseverance and bravery. I listened to examples of several readers and was happy I chose this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2017

5 stars

One of the best books I've listened to, definitely worth the read! The narrator does an amazing job at making feel like a part of the story.

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  • Sean Inglis
  • 24-12-2013

Pacy classic

I came to this after listening to a Radio 4 production of London's "The Sea Wolf" and, if I'm honest, because it turned up cheap.

Technically the recording isn't as clean as some others, but this really just adds to the vintage atmosphere.

There's a lot going on, many villains, a few heroes, and a lot of exposition from the dog's point of view.

If you're a dog lover, you'll have your dander up in a few places, but it's no spoiler to say that things will be settled to your satisfaction. As story that has a lot of period detail and vocabulary (obviously) but it doesn't feel dated.