The Call of the Wild: And Three Other Klondike Stories

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Jack London
Narrator: Roger Dressler
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: August 2001
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

Jack London's stories are classic American favorites. Recorded unabridged in Bookcassette Audio are "Call of the Wild" and three special Klondike stories: "To Build a Fire," "Love of Life" and "To the Man on the Trail." In "Call of the Wild," a domestic dog is kidnapped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrown into the wild north woods. Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scottish shepherd, is a strong dog but not accustomed to the harsh life of the north and he must fight for survival. He learns how to work hard; how to dig a hole in a snowbank to stay warm; how to eat anything no matter how loathsome; how to scent the weather; how to break ice to find water; and most importantly, how to survive cruelty.
At one of the worst moments in his life, Buck receives unexpected human kindness from a new master. With the kind of devotion that only a dog can give, he shows loyalty to his master in ways that are both touching and profound.

Reviews (8)

Call of the Wild

Written by Lover of Hyperbole on December 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I could not stand this. I am not sure if it was the reader, the horrible background music, or the way it was abridged. I read this in high school and got the abridged version only because I wanted a review of the book. I didn't finish it. I do not remember disliking it when I first read it.

Call of the Wild

Written by Sharon Allen on December 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I appreciate the literary genius of the book, the author's ability to get into the head of a dog and portray all his experiences from Buck's perspective. The harshness, starvation, brutality, and death were difficult to listen to and I kept expecting Buck to die, but there were moments of kindness and warmth that made this not quite as depressing as a Steinbeck story.

Call of the Wild

Written by Anonymous on September 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great story. The narrator did a good job. This story was perfect for a road trip as we were driving at night and needed to keep awake. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Great book

Written by Alex Taylor on April 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Jack London is one of my favoriate authors and I'm glad I got this book. I highly recommend it espeically if you are a dog lover. The reader was pretty good, (7 out of 10) a bit high pitch and sometimes amusing when he attempted to step into another character and yell into the microphone. I found myself contantly jumping to lower the sound in my car when he'd start doing this. Minor annoyances aside, great audio book and highly recommended.

Narrator Drove Me Crazy

Written by Catherine Knowles on February 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The narrator's high-pitched voice did not fit the strength, brutality and fierceness of the storyline. I had to force myself to listen to the book despite him. Still, it was a very good story and full of more surprises than I expected. It definitely deserves a listen if you want to catch up on your classics.

Call of the Wild

Written by Alex N. from Catonsville, MD on October 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the best book every written. Jack London successfully puts the reader inside the mind of Buck and drags our consciousness out of the 7-11 lifestyle we live in today. Not only will you be empathizing with a dog, you will feel the call within your own self that has been quieted by modern society. It is a book about finding absolute freedom, a type of freedom most of us have forgotten.

Its a great classic

Written by Laurajean on September 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read this book in 5th grade and had forgotten how enjoyable it was. Anyone who understands the love of a dog would understand the courage and strength which Buck exhibits throughout the story. It’s a classic that I would recommend to anyone.

Call of the Wild

Written by Erik K from la, CA on March 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved the fact that this book is as lean and efficient as any good sleddog worth his salt needs to be.. The reader is never bogged down with any obese details over items that we are not interested in. Just the facts. The book I listened to before this was Moby Dull. I mean Moby Dick.. Maybe that had something to do with my glowing review of this but I really REALLY got swept away with this story and enjoyed every word. This dog and his adventures are quite amazing and gripping, and I was on the edge of my seat, wide eyed and eagerly awaiting just what would happen next.. If thats not a great story, I dont know what is. A very good naration as well.

Author Details

Author Details

London, Jack

"Jack London was essentially self-taught. In 1883 he found and read Ouida's long Victorian novel Signa, which describes an unschooled Italian peasant child who achieves fame as an opera composer. He credited this as the seed of his literary aspiration.

After graduating from grammar school in 1889, Jack London began working from twelve to eighteen hours a day at Hickmott's Cannery. Seeking a way out of this gruelling labor, he borrowed money from his black foster mother Jennie Prentiss, bought the sloop Razzle-Dazzle from an oyster pirate named French Frank, and became an oyster pirate himself. In John Barleycorn he claims to have stolen French Frank's mistress Mamie. After a few months his sloop became damaged beyond repair. He switched to the side of the law and became a member of the California Fish Patrol.

In 1893, he signed on to the sealing schooner Sophia Sutherland, bound for the coast of Japan. When he returned, the country was in the grip of the panic of '93 and Oakland was swept by labor unrest. After gruelling jobs in a jute mill and a street-railway power plant, he joined Kelly's industrial army and began his career as a tramp.

In 1894, he spent thirty days for vagrancy in the Erie County Penitentiary at Buffalo. In The Road, he wrote:

""Man-handling was merely one of the very minor unprintable horrors of the Erie County Pen. I say 'unprintable'; and in justice I must also say 'unthinkable'. They were unthinkable to me until I saw them, and I was no spring chicken in the ways of the world and the awful abysses of human degradation. It would take a deep plummet to reach bottom in the Erie County Pen, and I do but skim lightly and facetiously the surface of things as I there saw them.""

A pivotal event was his discovery in 1895 of the Oakland Public Library and a sympathetic librarian, Ina Coolbrith (who later became California's first poet laureate and an important figure in the San Francisco literary community).

After many experiences as a hobo, sailor, and member of Kelly's Army he returned to Oakland and attended Oakland High School, where he contributed a number of articles to the high school's magazine, The Aegis.

Jack London desperately wanted to attend the University of California and, in 1896 after a summer of intense cramming, did so; but financial circumstances forced him to leave in 1897 and he never graduated. Biographer Russ Kingman says that ""there is no record that Jack ever wrote for student publications"" there.

In later life Jack London was a polymath with wide-ranging interests and a personal library of 15,000. volumes.

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