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Author: Jack London Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481545556

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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

  • “Fervently American.”

    - E. L. Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author
  • “In this classic…you’ll find profundity in its raw beauty and a new appreciation for canine independence.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “[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
  • “Offers a strong and powerful narration by John Lee. Lee’s commanding presence is perfectly suited for these classic tales…He gives London’s work the utmost respect and admiration in his reading…His enunciation is clear and his tone impassioned. He transports listeners to the desolate North, casting them out into the wild to fend for themselves. Simply stunning. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “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, winner of Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and biography
  • “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, American journalist, satirist, and scholar

Awards

  • An Oprah Pick of Best Action and Adventure Books
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2008 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Classics
  • A National Education Association Big Read selection
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Books to Help You De-Stress

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Marieka, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Lora, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Sarah, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " ehh okay i guess not my thing "

    - Angel, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - James, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Kaia, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Joy, 1/29/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - TeacherMrLoria, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Rob, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Andy, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Cory, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " i could not finish this "

    - Lindsay, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - cartercam, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - doug, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - TJ, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Should be read together. Awesome books! "

    - Emily, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Kyle, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Ethan, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Andrea, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Boyd, 12/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Sashalai, 11/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorite books. "

    - Karissa, 7/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Cathy, 6/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Lee, 4/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Val, 3/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Autumn, 8/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Iain, 5/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked it when I was a teen. "

    - Ayoshak, 7/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Kayla, 7/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Leon, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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!! "

    - Julia, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Meg, 5/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Fawn, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Lauren, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

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

    - Karen, 5/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is wasted on 10 year olds. "

    - Philip, 5/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Deanna, 5/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Alan, 5/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Beibei, 5/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Dave, 4/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Amy, 4/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Bek, 4/27/2011

About the Author

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 is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.