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3.9998526594961 out of 53.9998526594961 out of 53.9998526594961 out of 53.9998526594961 out of 53.9998526594961 out of 5 4.00 (27,148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781455196937
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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 Fransico Chronicle

  • “[John Lee] give’s London’s work the utmost respect and admiration in his reading while making each story his own through his captivating performance...Simply stunning.”

    AudioFile

  • “Far and away the best book Mr. Jack London has ever written.”

    Bookman

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marieka | 2/17/2014

    " The most important book of my childhood. Very exciting story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora Ghobrial | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed White Fang more, but both were fantastic stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Cook | 2/14/2014

    " i love these little pocket books. a great couple of stories as well. quintessential London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel Brown | 2/6/2014

    " ehh okay i guess not my thing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/4/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaia Gondron | 2/4/2014

    " Mmm, these books. I read them when I was in my middle school girl phase, which was comprised of me loving wolves and everything about them. I didn't appreciate these books as I should have, merely treating them as fun dog books. I reread them when I was older and loved them much more. The characters and the simple idea that London conveys through both: the wild lives in all of us, and animals deserve a right to live and feel that. The characters and the way London stylizes both of these works is flawless and an amazing read. I've reread Call of the Wild many times, and doubtless I will read it many more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy (Cheery♡Reads) | 1/29/2014

    " A beloved classic. Mine was the hardcover Hamlyn illustrated in color version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TeacherMrLoria | 1/28/2014

    " This book helps stoke the wildness within any young boy. It's about badass wolves and the spiritual connection to them, to fire, to history, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/23/2014

    " Read this combo of his two classics on our trip to Alaska...made them even more interesting as we headed north. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Lawless | 1/20/2014

    " Read this and White Fang back in the 1960's "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory Talbot | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed these two books. They are fun reads, but not memorable or life-changing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/12/2014

    " i could not finish this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cartercam | 1/8/2014

    " I'm actually not sure I've read Call of the Wild before now, but it was shorter than I expected. I didn't find much depth, but enjoyed the story nonetheless. White Fang was as heart wrenching as I remembered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 12/20/2013

    " Couldn't put it down/read when i was a kid in the early 80's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TJ | 12/20/2013

    " I read White Fang (finally). Good book, not gory like a novel written today would be, but it gets the point across of the brutality of the natural world. Something to be learned from it is a deeper appreciation of what civilization really means, something we take for granted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/19/2013

    " Should be read together. Awesome books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 12/19/2013

    " Call of the Wild was my preference--it was just the proper length for its message. I really enjoyed the character and the whole atmosphere of the dog-sledding world. White Fang was really good, but it dragged in parts and I wasn't thrilled with it the entire time. "

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

    " found this book to be a great read and kept my attention throughout the whole story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/6/2013

    " I feel like 3 stars isn't enough but I didn't like it enough to give it 4. It's been a while since I've read a quick easy read that keeps me interested throughout the entire book. London did a great job writing this one. Just maybe need to up the emotion. "

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

    " I read these books back in early high school 9th grade I think. Very good, I love stories with dogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sashalai | 11/22/2013

    " 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 Karissa | 7/10/2013

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 6/8/2013

    " Read it when I was still a little girl back in the swamps of southern Louisiana... it helped to shape my life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 4/8/2013

    " The writing style isn't awesome... until you recognize that you are witnessing the world through the eyes of an animal... very cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 3/12/2013

    " I am so glad I picked up this book again. Haven't read it since Jr. High (which is a long time ago). Buck is such a wonderful spirit and in the end leads the life he wants to lead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 8/19/2012

    " These are two amazingly written, brutal, beautiful stories. What insights into the mind of an animal. What fabulous scenery! What adventure! They are both love stories of a sort and transport you to the Yukon and everywhere else the story takes us. "

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

    " Read both as a child and liked them, but now it's time to re-read as I don't remember much at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayoshak | 7/29/2011

    " I liked it when I was a teen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Shrum | 7/4/2011

    " It's a classic, for one, and it is so for a reason. It's real. It's an adventure the rest of us will never experience in real life. To have it at your fingertips is such an honor because of the rarity of the situation. "

  • 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 Author
Author Jack London

Jack London (1876–1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. Before making a living at his writing, he spent time as an oyster pirate, a sailor, a cannery worker, a gold miner, and a journalist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction writing. He is best known for his novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set during the Klondike gold rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire,” “An Odyssey of the North,” and “Love of Life.”  He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as “The Pearls of Parlay” and “The Heathen.” He was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, including The Iron Heel, The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.