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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Oliver Curwood Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Baree, the son of a grey wolf and a black dog, was born in the vast Canadian wilderness. He learns about nature and his fellow animals by trial and error—fighting with owls and playing with beavers. Being alone in the wild, he desperately seeks to join a pack of wolves, but they see him as a dog, and he is driven away. 

If the wolves are treacherous, Baree soon learns that humans are worse. He is shot, beaten, and trapped, but he soon learns to take care of himself. After fighting alone against the world, Baree befriends an Indian maiden, Nepeese, and he finds his purpose in life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A timeless tale…Curwood captures the simplicity and beauty of nature without becoming sentimental.”


  • “Cliffhanging adventures abound for Baree through the course of the story, and Curwood’s natural storytelling abilities coupled with his knowledge of the wilderness makes them realistic and believable. This is an exciting, colorful tale that…ranks with the work of Jack London.”


  • “Baree’s dramatic coming of age entails such key moments as letting out his first wolf howl; realizing that there are creatures more powerful than he in the wild; and having a pack of wolves turn on him…A sensitively written novel—about life in the wild and especially about how animals may perceive experiences—that’s bound to find fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “One of the most engaging novels you will ever read.”

    Family Bookshelf

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 3/17/2012

    " I found this classic in a small book shop and so glad I did. It was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eveline Evans | 2/11/2012

    " Another great book about the north country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by María Sánchez | 9/28/2011

    " One of my favorites as a child =) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Geraud | 12/11/2010

    " j'ai du lire ce livre étant enfant. je n'ai pas aimé. Terriblement lacrymal. "

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About the Author
Author James Oliver Curwood

James Oliver Curwood (1878–1927) was born in Owosso, Michigan, where he lived for most of his life. He studied journalism at the University of Michigan, and in 1900 he left the university and married Cora Leon Johnson. This was also the year he sold his first story, “Across the Range,” for five dollars. He went to work for the Detroit News-Tribune covering funerals and for a pharmaceutical company until he was able to support himself through his writing. In 1909 Curwood divorced Cora and married Ethel Greenwood. That was also the year he took his first trip into the Canadian Northwest and thereafter would spend up to six months each year in the arctic wilderness. This was where he set some of his most successful books. Over his lifetime, Curwood wrote over thirty books. Among them were The Grizzly King, The Wolf Hunters, The Alaskan, The Country Beyond, and Son of the Forests.