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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27,147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: Matthew Steward Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781629230337
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Jack London’s masterpiece describing the timeless bonds between man, dog, and wilderness

Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scotch shepherd, is a bold-spirited dog living the good life in the Santa Clara Valley. But when a treacherous act of betrayal results in his kidnapping, he is stripped from his comfortable life on the California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Yukon, where he is made a sled dog. Strong dogs are in high demand as the Klondike gold rush rages on, and Buck must battle the bitter cold and savage lawlessness of man and beast, striving to serve the man who shows him kindness. Can he rise to the challenges he faces and once again become the master of his realm?

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Call of the Wild is the greatest dog story ever written and is at the same time a study of one of the most curious and profound motives that play hide-and-seek in the human soul.”

    Carl Sandburg

  • “No other popular writer of his time did any better writing than you will find in The Call of the Wild…Here, indeed, are all the elements of sound fiction.”

    H. L. Mencken

  • “[A] marvelously graphic picture of the great gold rush to the Klondike…Fierce, brutal, splashed with blood, and alive with the crack of whip and blow of club.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany Lyons | 2/20/2014

    " A book I had to read school that I enjoyed. While I am not one to read about animals as the main character often, this is one I'd recommend for the people who normally do. It shows the strength of this dog/wolf (for the sake of argument I'm saying dog). It shows how he adjusts through out his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sashalai | 2/20/2014

    " I love this book. You root for White Fang through the entire book and can't help but be happy he finds his happiness in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Childs | 2/17/2014

    " I have always loved Jack London's style - easy to read and very visual. Great book. One of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/16/2014

    " I read this when I was a kid. Great story, I loved it at a time when i hated reading. However, I wonder if it will be just as good to read as an adult. Easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sooyong | 2/14/2014

    " A really intense story. a book that won't let go off your hands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernard | 2/4/2014

    " Aptly named, since after reading it I wanted to go running with wolves in the snowy wilderness of northern Canada. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Yasmin | 2/4/2014

    " Unique story about the dog leader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 2/3/2014

    " I loved this book when I was younger. As an animal lover (especially dogs!) I love when animals are the main characters of the story. Jack London did a great job of going into the mind of Buck and his transition from a housepet to a strong, rough, brave wild dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopherwilliams | 2/2/2014

    " It was constanley suspensful.You need to read this book about what a dog would do for "the love of a man". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob Szymborski | 2/1/2014

    " Hate to admit it. I like this book way more teaching it year two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oded Korczyn | 1/25/2014

    " One of London's all-time great books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Umair | 1/25/2014

    " really like his stories and style of writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia Ozores | 1/24/2014

    " The Call of the Wild is an adveturious tale. It is very interesting and emotional. I wouldn't recomend this to this to children in elementary school due to violence in the book. I thought it was quite raw myself and i'm in highschool. I do recomend this to high school students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chandra Witts | 1/21/2014

    " It's easy to see why this is a classic. Reading Call of the Wild I couldn't help thinking about my own dog and her behaviour patterns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William J. Meyer | 1/20/2014

    " Just an awesome read. My favorite book as a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani Schechtel | 1/19/2014

    " A SUMMER READING WHICH BROUGHT BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES AND A MARVELLOUS SENSATION OF NATURAL FREEDOM TO MY SOUL! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Tietze | 1/19/2014

    " The best thing I can say about this book is that it was short. If London wrote about women like he wrote about dogs in this book you'd find his books in the erotic books section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.D. | 1/18/2014

    " London, much like Kipling, does an excellent job of imagining what must go through an animal's head as they interact with us humans. We are an odd bunch to them, and he does good in trying to look at life through a different perspective. So often we are taken into the thought process of people, and I really enjoy when we are allowed to see into an animal's perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Pierce | 1/17/2014

    " Read this book first in grade school and then again as an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Redz | 1/17/2014

    " Read for my grade 10 English class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Towens23 | 1/17/2014

    " Really similar to White Fang, and there are some heavy darwinian undertones, but there's just something that gets me about the wilderness. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/15/2014

    " A fun book about a dog. Touching "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Vinton | 1/15/2014

    " book that introduced me to reading and will always hold a special place in my heart "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/9/2014

    " At my parents house, there is a set of Jack London books and short stories that sits on the shelf in our living room. I have tender memories of those books, because when I was a little girl my Daddy would read them to me. White Fang and The Call of the Wild were my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Hunt | 1/9/2014

    " I never had to read this while in school so I had no idea what to expect. My daughter gave it to me a few weeks ago to read so I couldn't let her down. How interesting that this book was told from the point of view of a dog! I didn't realize it was told from his perspective. What a great story of knowing where you come from and finding your true calling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 1/8/2014

    " I said, BRR! It's cold in here. It must be something in the atmosphere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlet Nardo | 1/6/2014

    " Read this first as a child and reread recently to my son. I was surprised at how violent and heartbreaking the story is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonya | 1/6/2014

    " considering it was published in 1903, call of the wild was an interesting story; although more suited for the male reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alona Perlin | 1/3/2014

    " This is a very beautiful book. It is no wonder it is a classic. It's very beautifully-written and has a strong message in it. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ernest Shadow | 1/1/2014

    " Nature and the struggle for existence. This theme applies to people worldwide. London was way ahead of his time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 my name is corey irl | 12/31/2013

    " some one pls print this cover on a shirt. thank "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Homan | 12/28/2013

    " I liked To Build A Fire best, even though the other two are more well known. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bish Denham | 12/26/2013

    " This is first book I ever read, when I was about 11 or 12, that made me cry and taught me the power of the written word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hieu Duong | 12/25/2013

    " Very vivid description. These are good books about passion, friendship, loyalty... things that maybe hard to explain by words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci Hahn | 12/23/2013

    " Great book - especially if you're an animal lover, enjoy the outdoors and love a great adventure story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollis | 12/18/2013

    " thought i'd give it a try after reading into the wild for the club... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Undostres | 12/12/2013

    " Te veel gehamer op mensenlijke kenmerken bij de honden "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simone | 12/9/2013

    " I used to read this all the time when I was a kid...I loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/7/2013

    " A classic tale. Very good. Written beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacey | 12/6/2013

    " It was a really good book overall but theres just a couple things i would change "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Polo | 12/5/2013

    " London's wonderful dog fantasy, far ahead of his time. The audiobook capture the flavor, like listening to an old radio drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 11/29/2013

    " a classic i'm glad i read :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Gunnett | 11/15/2013

    " This is a classic well worth reading. London wrote some great stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Place | 11/14/2013

    " One of the many Jack London works I've read. I'll admit he probably isn't for everyone, but if you like realistic adventure, like I do, then you'll probable enjoy this. Simple people from a simpler time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 10/3/2013

    " I only read The Call of the Wild, haven't read White Fang yet. Stories about animals are also at the top of my list and I think Jack London did an amazing job narrating. It is captivating how he uses words to paint the picture, you don't even need an imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy Farrell | 8/22/2013

    " Amazing! I felt so primal while reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbydean dustin | 8/20/2013

    " I had to read it as a summer honor's english assignment and couldn't really get into until i really started actually paying attention to what was going on. It was a really good book to read especially if you love dogs, and im excited i get to do some writing stuff with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Pailly | 8/1/2013

    " I'm a science fiction fan, and as a science fiction fan I really enjoyed Call of the Wild and White Fang. There's something very alien about "The Wild" as Jack London describes it, and science fiction writers could learn a lot form his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danya | 6/16/2013

    " An enjoyable piece of speculative literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadiq sagheer | 5/28/2013

    " jack london is that kind of writer who wrote only on those things which he himself experienced, both of the stories in this book is based on his own experience... i really like th first stories "White Fang" but the second story didn't appeal me as the first one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 5/15/2013

    " Loved this book, and all of the books that Jack London wrote. This is an adventure book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 5/12/2013

    " Very similar to White Fang.. And I loved White Fang :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/20/2013

    " Best book I've been forced to read for school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fuad | 4/6/2013

    " i think that its a wonderful book.its very interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vireya | 3/31/2013

    " It's a lot more violent than I remember it being when I read it at school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 3/18/2013

    " Picked this up to reread while spending a week recovering from surgery. After being cooped up in the house for so long, barely able to move, it was the perfect story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Maxam | 1/19/2013

    " I have always loved Jack London for making us Remember a time gone by, and to let us experience men who live on the edge of the wild. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrie Carroll | 12/25/2012

    " Not my type of book but still amazing and I love the way Jack London wrote and desribed the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 12/24/2012

    " These two books are the best to have ever been written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayoshak | 12/12/2012

    " I liked it when I was a teen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trevor | 11/10/2012

    " It's a mixture of nostalgia for me and the fact that Jack London is a great adventure writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karey | 11/2/2012

    " My fifth grade teacher read White Fang aloud to our class way back in 1971. I was mesmerized by London's language and the images he conjured up in my mind. I read Call of the Wild later and decided then and there that Jack London was up there on my favorite authors list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe R. | 10/25/2012

    " I didn't think I'd like it. I thought it would be terribly boring and a waste of time. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Jon Kershaw | 10/24/2012

    " Jack London's Call of the Wild is a piece of magnificent grandeur, a saga of the beauty and relentlessness of the Yukon wilderness. His exquisite prose was matched evenly by a fierce story of a domesticated dog 'Buck' as he learns to survive in a brutal sled team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geno | 10/11/2012

    " This one is short but good, read this one evening instead of watching American Idol..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominik | 9/12/2012

    " I love London and his simple way of showing what really matters. And the way he makes me dream about rugged Wild... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Meyer | 8/24/2012

    " I love the stories being told from the perspective of the animals as well as the grand circle the two stories take in their beginning and end. The harshness of life is painted very vividly in these tales and it was nice to see the happy ending that White Fang had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/22/2012

    " The Call of the Wild is one of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 6/19/2012

    " London's stories all teach so many lessons while in the mystery of the story. To Build a Fire is a great short story. Man should always listen to those who are more experienced or be ready to pay the consequences! While Fang and Call of the Wild are classic favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carroll Martin | 6/17/2012

    " I was just 8 years old when I read this. My wonderful father gave it to me. First book he ever handed me. He said to me, "Here, boy. You might like this." I instantly fell in love. No father ever knew his own son as well as Howard W. Martin knew me. Thanks, Dad. I love and miss you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danya | 5/18/2012

    " An enjoyable piece of speculative literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cesar Bracamonte | 5/8/2012

    " Buck is one of the best developed characters I've ever read and he's a fucking dog >_> Great stuff, read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 4/22/2012

    " I read this when I was young, and have memories of loving both of the books. Probably one of my favorite books growing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 3/22/2012

    " Never lived up to White Fang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond Ford | 3/3/2012

    " Written in 1903 - a gripping tale about sled dogs and the wilds of the north in a different era. Our hero is not put out to pasture, but rather becomes legend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine Kember | 2/2/2012

    " I could not put this book down - Jack is an incredible writer . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krissy | 1/21/2012

    " another of those books i somehow missed growing up. poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucio | 1/12/2012

    " I really liked this book. It really makes you think about how primitive life can be and how protective animals and man act when it comes to defending the things they love most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sapphire | 12/26/2011

    " A great book but very sad at times. Easy to read and flows well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald Stevens | 11/21/2011

    " It was great rereading this classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Miller | 11/11/2011

    " Wonderful story of a special smart dog that endures many difficult times in life. He loses the people he loves, faces life threatening treatment and eventually learns to live life like his ancestors that lived in the wild. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Hunsaker | 9/14/2011

    " good book, but really hard to read to my students "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reagan | 8/3/2011

    " i thought that it was a very interesting book! Most of the time, I didn't want to put it down!!8] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quis | 7/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this one, though something about the ending left me feeling unsatisfied. Makes an interesting contrast to White Fang- I definitely recommend reading both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon | 5/19/2011

    " London's "The Call of the Wild" is a beautiful and emotional depiction of the life of a dog born and raised in a loving environment. He is betrayed and has to cope with life in the wild. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 5/17/2011

    " Really enjoyed reading about Buck and his life. It's good to go back and read some classics especially when your teacher didn't assign them!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 5/16/2011

    " A wonderful, quick read. I loved that it was written from the perspective of the dog, and while London clearly has an idealistic view of nature, I enjoyed it thoroughly. In fact, I enjoyed it because he painted nature in such a vibrant, idealistic way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fawn | 5/15/2011

    " Had to read it for school, don't remember much about it but I thought it was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " I read this along with my 7th graders in my internship this semester. I'm not sure I really like this type of story, but Jack London was definitely a very good writer, and creative to be able to write from a dog's perspective. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 5/12/2011

    " Very well written, just not my type of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 5/10/2011

    " This book is wasted on 10 year olds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 5/8/2011

    " It was really sad!!! It was hard to get through! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 5/6/2011

    " I was really prejudiced, but it turned out to be a fair read. Still not my particular type of book.. but it I didn't feel the urge to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beibei | 5/6/2011

    " It's told from the perspective of a dog! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 4/30/2011

    " An honest and brutal portrayal of the North seen the from the eyes of the dog. Jack London paints a wonderful and realistic picture but it is a little too harsh for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/29/2011

    " I haven't read this in many years, and it was worth the read! Just awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bek | 4/27/2011

    " I would not reccomend this book, unless you like dogs ripping peoples throats out! "

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About the Narrator

Matthew Steward is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang, as well as Charles Minor Blackford’s Letters from Lee’s Army.