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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (110,046 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400178537
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Buck lives a content life. Half St. Bernard, half shepherd, he is top dog on a California ranch. But the gold rush in the Klondike has produced an enormous demand for sled dogs, so when a gardener at the ranch needs to pay off a gambling debt, stealing and selling Buck is a quick way to do it. 

Having never been mistreated, Buck soon learns that man can be the cruelest animal. He is whipped, beaten, and caged, but never broken. Confronted by the law of survival, Buck learns to fight, steal, and pull a sled. He takes pride in his new strength and ferocity. Buck manages to escape this life of abuse and learns to love a new master more than his own life. He gradually discovers the skills of his forbears and finds his home in the primordial forest—eventually, Buck cannot resist the call of the wild. 

This classic book brings out the true spirit of the gold rush days at the turn of the last century. It portrays the brutality, kindness, love, and folly that Jack London experienced first-hand during his time in the far north. The Call of the Wild was his first successful book, and it catapulted him to literary fame.

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  • “Lawlor’s matter-of-fact interpretation of Buck’s perceptions, experiences, and above all, his helplessness to control his fate successfully stir up as much intimacy and compassion as any human character might.”

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 2/16/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika Booms | 2/16/2014

    " AMAZING. Jack London is king. Favorite book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadé Hickman | 2/16/2014

    " One of my all time favourites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 2/15/2014

    " Never lived up to White Fang. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rex | 2/15/2014

    " Great book. Learn about a dog's life undergoing hardships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yahira Potterica | 2/14/2014

    " Me ha encantado, muy breve pero preciosa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Myers | 2/12/2014

    " Besides Go Ask Alice, this is the only other book I've read twice. I'm always amazed when others have time to reread books. My daughter does, but she can read six books in a week. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/12/2014

    " This book may be a classic, but it contained too much animal cruelty and "dog eat dog" for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefano | 2/10/2014

    " Great classic. Short and intense, not a book for kids. A novel about nature, wilderness, mythological dogs and the cruels but honest laws of the nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 2/10/2014

    " Yay dogs, nature, instincts, death, rage, and stuff. You go Buck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LJ | 2/9/2014

    " Really well written. Not what I expected, but great nonetheless. Inspires you to spend more time in nature, and raises some difficult questions about society taming animals. But it extends further than that: are humans "tamed" by society too? Do we all have an innate, wild side that nature draws out of us when needs be? I look forward to reading more Jack London in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 2/8/2014

    " 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 Brad Meyers | 2/7/2014

    " This was great, very quick read, when I picked it up I could barely put it down. I enjoyed it thoroughly. "

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

    " This is my all time favorite book. I love the way the story is written, both of the stories. Both Buck and White Fang bring you through so many emotions. "

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

    " 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 Peggy | 2/2/2014

    " Jojo had to read this for English and was finding it a tough read. While not the type of story I would normally read (I think it would be a great read for adolescent boys) I can appreciate what a fantatsic job London does of telling Buck's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/31/2014

    " A very graphic account of the life of Buck and his call to return to the wild. Not for the faint hearted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Hutton | 1/30/2014

    " Truly a classic. I was sure I'd hate it at first -- which I did up until about midway. Before it was over I found myself wanting to cry and overwhelmed with anger and pity. I recommend reading this book. It's a classic novel that readers of all ages can and will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Vanderheiden | 1/30/2014

    " Tough but fair, a gentle loyalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose Yao | 1/28/2014

    " First English book I ever read end to end that didn't contain pictures. I have fond memories of reading this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Ballantine | 1/27/2014

    " Jack London makes me want to cut lose from the world. This is such a great inspirational book to take risks and crazy adventures. Plus it's super short "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Owen Curtsinger | 1/27/2014

    " Call of the Wild is a great book, but it's one of those books that needs the context of the time in which it was written in order for it to be a great book. Personally, I also consider On the Road and Catcher in the Rye, as well as the film Easy Rider to be in this category of great works that don't carry their magic beyond their own era. So reading Call of the Wild, with it's glossy prose and rough generalizations, might read as a flop to many of us today. But it becomes at least a little more interesting when it's read as London supposedly intended it--as an allegorical tale about both society and his own upbringing and yearnings. I'm not a Jack London scholar, but from various snippets I've read about him, he was apparently a fervent socialist, but inspired more by the act of revolution than of its actual political ideologies. Call of the Wild can thus be read as his call for society to unshackle itself from the political and economic systems that he saw as oppressive, and through Buck's eyes we see the fickleness of all that pass through the Yukon in search of gold. Buck's "call" to leave humanity and run with his ancestors can be seen as London's bid for violent upheaval and a yearning to return to a simpler way of life. Well. Anyways, all that doesn't make it a better book to read, but it may make for a slightly more interesting read. I originally read this when I was very young, though, and without the context, I'm not sure why I loved it so much. Something about dogs and wolves and savagery and adventure in the far North must be appealing or something to this young boy's mind....weird! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle Cooper | 1/24/2014

    " I am a little confused because of the way they speak... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TJ | 1/24/2014

    " 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 Alma Castro | 1/23/2014

    " Buck is a literary cyborg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emiliano | 1/20/2014

    " Una storia di altri tempi, nella fredda e remota Alaska "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robbie Bashore | 1/20/2014

    " It's kind of the opposite of White Fang in some ways. The content is similar, but the plot is backward. Because of the ending, especially, I do not recommend it as bedtime reading for children. I thought White Fang was a little gory at times, but its ending was pleasant. I thought both books were a little boring, but my son liked them. Except for the ending of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Sides | 1/19/2014

    " Amazing book reflecting the viciousness of nature and its state of wonder. The book is not without its Thoreaudian virtues mirroring natures impression on man (through the eyes of man's best friend). Absolutely brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sebastian E. | 1/19/2014

    " I only read "The Call of the Wild" and it was about Buck he had a good life in California until a robber named Maneul steals him and takes him to a place in Alaska called Dyea Beach.Buck had a really hard time there espically with another dog named Spitz.Buck and Spitz had two fights the first time the both got really injured and the second was a life or death fight and Buck won so basically Spitz was in dog Heaven after the fight.Then he became leader of the pack of wolves.Then a few days after that a guy named John Thorton took him home and the both of them had a really good life together.In the end he befreinds a trusted partne John.The book was ok and the reason I like it is because the book was adventuorus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean-Jacq | 1/12/2014

    " This was an interesting read, but the problem was that it was a prescribed book for school...so as you probably guessed, my heart wasn't into it. Some people might enjoy it, but I just read the book with the purpose of finishing it and getting it over with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Williams | 1/10/2014

    " Seemed to be basically the same story but reversed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 1/10/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Myers | 1/9/2014

    " One of my favourites!!! Love it so much!! "

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

    " Greatly told. This is in no way a children's book "

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

    " I read both books in one day. It was a nice escape. I know there's potential to analyze it in a way that would depress me thoroughly, relating it to the reality of human cruelty and indifference, but for now I'll just let it be the story that it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 1/6/2014

    " Read this years ago, when I was about 10... it became one of my favorites instantly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael de Percy | 1/5/2014

    " Brilliant. No wonder these are regarded as classics. As the synopsis suggests, reading the two novella together is a good idea. These reminded me of Black Beauty in style, yet London captures the harshness of the Northland and its people with the ever-present "Wild" that sets these two works apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly James | 1/3/2014

    " uhmm i thought this book was a string of adventure nearly the whole way through and thats what made it more of an interesting read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marieka | 1/3/2014

    " 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 Ben | 12/31/2013

    " Jack London has a terrific writing style, but the content is dry for my taste. As it has been several years since I last read this work, however, perhaps a re-reading would alter my initial observations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jiawei Ong | 12/30/2013

    " Just like how human beings have feelings, animals have feelings as well. They might be not as wise as humans, but they still react from how they feel and learn from what they've seen. In The Call of the Wild, Buck, a dog stolen fromm his home, is thrown in to the Arctic north and suffers a merciless life due to the extreme coldness and the savageness of men, or beast. In White Fang, a part dog and part wolf creature turns heartless and cold by cruel abuse but transforms by the endless caring of one man. This shows that others' hands have the power to cleanse or dirty an individual's future. Whether towards men or animals, one should show mercy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederic Pierce | 12/26/2013

    " Read it as a young man. Haven't been able to sit still behind a desk ever since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Watkins | 12/24/2013

    " Pretty sure Buck is Maxwell "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jem Wilton | 12/23/2013

    " Loved the dog fighting scenes - not the actual fights you understand "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 12/22/2013

    " This is possibly one of the most underated books of all time (by that I mean "White Fang"). It is masterfully told and is worth a read. Possibly one of my favourite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 12/21/2013

    " One of my favorite classics "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Umut | 12/21/2013

    " Even though I read Call of the Wild for about 5 years, it really impressed me. It was very enjoyable to read and it made me a book lover. Also I think I am going to read it again because I couldn't understand well the critics to system while I was 10. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earth Action | 12/20/2013

    " A compelling adventure of a domesticated dog that goes wild. A times enthralling, sad, and downright scary. An incredible look into the wild, a wild place, and nature stripped naked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ezekiel Carsella | 12/14/2013

    " Another good Jack london book. this guy is like one of my fav authors! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 12/10/2013

    " 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 Renee | 12/8/2013

    " I'm not usually an "animal story" fan. But Jack London is an incredible writer! The words, descriptions, and emotions that he conveys make it a wonderful read. It's easy to see why it is such a classic. "

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

    " Totally not what I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 12/4/2013

    " Just shut up and read these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilia | 12/2/2013

    " The Call of the Wild was a joy to read. White Fang is a grind, packed to the gills full of animal cruelty, but on the other hand London's prose often yields unexpected gifts such as the phrase, "tiny rages." Glad I got reacquainted with these stories as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Hollomon | 11/29/2013

    " I read this fascinating story through a dog's eyes back in my boyhood, when I owned a dog and was sappy with canine sympathy. For all who love adventure stories, action, and a chance to see the world through a different set of eyes, this is a gem. I highly recommend it. "

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

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pasquale | 11/26/2013

    " Ritorno all'istinto selvaggio, freddo e grezzo della natura Nord Americana, descritto in maniera esemplare dal punto di vista animale-umano. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily Coffey | 11/25/2013

    " In my opinion, as a thirteen year old who enjoys modern books, this was a VERY boring book. But I don't blame Jack London because it's a very well written book with good vocabulary... But personally I don't like books with animals that much. It's too boring for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris Larson | 11/23/2013

    " How can it have taken me this long to read local boy Jack London? Spectacular, especially The Call of the Wild. I don't know how I feel about this Hallmark edition, but the cover IS fuzzy, so I'm hesitantly giving it a thumbs-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. | 11/23/2013

    " These books involve animal cruelty and animal compassion by humans. In both stories, nature and animals are powerfully connected, and you will leave these books feeling you understand dogs firsthand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clint Flatt | 11/21/2013

    " If you love your dog, put yourself in his mind and dream his dreams for him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi Davis | 11/20/2013

    " I think this is a great book and I will read it again probably to my girls when they are much older. Buck went through a lot in his life. In the end he lost something that he loved but gained his heart's desire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Meyer | 10/30/2013

    " 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 Amy Cohen | 10/24/2013

    " Makes me cry every time I read it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Raikkonen | 10/19/2013

    " I never get tired of reading the old stories of Jack London "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Umair | 10/11/2013

    " really like his stories and style of writing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle Cooper | 10/9/2013

    " I am a little confused because of the way they speak... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolie | 10/4/2013

    " good book. very exciting, but a little long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RIF | 10/1/2013

    " Ah the human condition and so is Fido. So good it can double as a parental guide IMO "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Almas | 9/27/2013

    " It seems that every single sentences may be used as a quote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 9/18/2013

    " One of my favorite classics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 8/19/2013

    " Captivating and insightful. Gruesome at times, but never gratuitously. Vivid and honest. Prompts reflection on values, character, leadership, humaneness, morals, quality, and, certainly, wildness. A great surprise read, stumbled on through Kindle free books. Really glad to have read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meri | 8/7/2013

    " Fascinated me in junior high, then amazed me in grad school; London's realism appeals to all, which is both fascinating and amazing! I remember my experience of reading "To Build a Fire" as if it were yesterday...it was actually over 20 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lenora | 7/23/2013

    " This book was very deep...even though it is very short...prepare yourself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Whitmore sunday | 7/22/2013

    " Read while my son was reading as required school novel. Good, quick read on a cold night that mirrored the Alaskan tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Hollo | 6/27/2013

    " Never read the "real" version of this, so it was a treat. Beautiful visual, made a compelling story and updates what I surely thought would be a dusty old classic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 6/25/2013

    " 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 Craig Childs | 6/9/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadiq sagheer | 6/4/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 5/29/2013

    " Had to read this in school..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fiona | 5/23/2013

    " Another school home reader that I didn't like. Love being an adult and choosing my own books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elleena Paris | 5/13/2013

    " this was a great book...im sorry than john thorton had died tho... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Cook | 4/29/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 cait | 4/23/2013

    " Didn't "get" it. I'm afraid I prefer Jack London's quotes on writing to his view of the dog life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus Nieves | 3/24/2013

    " I think this was a really good book because it had a lot of realistic events and it had a lot of action and suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gilly | 3/18/2013

    " I read this as a teenager and loved the stories and the settings and re read it regularly too. Its a powerful story and one that just engrosses you from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/24/2013

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karey | 1/14/2013

    " 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 Allen Radtke | 12/21/2012

    " This book has never lost its appeal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 12/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Because Buck is a good dog who has bad things happen, and he is still good. My favorite line in this book is "as he sings a song of the younger world, which is the song of the pack." "

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

    " Loved this book. Has a lot to say about life and our views on what the perfect life is. Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anittah | 12/3/2012

    " I think I was in fifth grade when I read this? Didn't like it then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karissa | 11/17/2012

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 cait | 11/11/2012

    " Didn't "get" it. I'm afraid I prefer Jack London's quotes on writing to his view of the dog life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/29/2012

    " A classic dog story, despite London's early 20th century cultural prejudices. I enjoyed it - and finished it very quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 words from people and people as pills (Sofia) | 9/21/2012

    " I really wasn't expecting to like this book this much. But for some reason it touched me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H R Koelling | 9/19/2012

    " Hadn't read these novelettes since high school and I was amazed at how well Jack London wrote. The stories don't seemed outdated at all. Great imagery and really in-depth character development. He was a true master. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ana Mcdevitt | 8/23/2012

    " It was a quick read that I borrowed from the library as a teenager. I wasn't impressed at all. I was expecting much more by this author. I found it really boring. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/5/2012

    " Pick a version with an intro that goes a bit into the history of this book- it's fascinating and makes the book so much more fun to read. Fast read- great for dog lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dane | 7/15/2012

    " Often referred to as a "children's classic" I enjoyed it as an adult. I'm a fan of Jack London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty | 7/11/2012

    " Epic read for its length, really enjoyed the punchy narrative. The cruelty i have no doubt was a reality, though i wouldn't recommend it to my more sensitive dog loving friends! Loved the language, makes a change from modern watered down literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick Glasgow | 7/8/2012

    " Excellent story and a great insight into man/dog and dog/dog relations. Very philosophic and truthful in its message that love and kindness is what builds strength of character in man or dog. Good historical picture of the Gold Rush years as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Milton | 6/23/2012

    " One of my favorite Socialist writers of literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mila | 6/15/2012

    " The quintessential young-adult tale of wilderness, survival, human-animal relationships, and hardship. So amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/1/2012

    " I'm not a huge fan of Jack London, but I do like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gilly | 5/20/2012

    " I read this as a teenager and loved the stories and the settings and re read it regularly too. Its a powerful story and one that just engrosses you from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 5/15/2012

    " While I found the writing to be fairly simple, it still painted a very stirring picture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/4/2012

    " Gripping and moving - the kind of book you'll want to read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Aikens | 4/16/2012

    " Survival of the fittest---and the neverending cuelty of man! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 3/26/2012

    " Pick a version with an intro that goes a bit into the history of this book- it's fascinating and makes the book so much more fun to read. Fast read- great for dog lovers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earth Action | 3/17/2012

    " A compelling adventure of a domesticated dog that goes wild. A times enthralling, sad, and downright scary. An incredible look into the wild, a wild place, and nature stripped naked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dj | 3/9/2012

    " great book expains alot about the wilderness of being out doors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 3/2/2012

    " Now I know why this book is a classic. The writing is superb and the tale is gripping. This audio book helped me pass the time on my daily commute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 2/4/2012

    " While I found the writing to be fairly simple, it still painted a very stirring picture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/3/2012

    " Pure poetry. I remember thinking this was a sad story when I watched a film of it as a child, but this is not a sad story. It just is. And London is a lyricist. Absolutely beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/26/2011

    " The Call of the Wild was refreshing. There was depth to the story, but it was also quite blunt and self-explanatory. The story was gripping; I found myself rooting for Buck out loud. It made me think a good deal about natural instincts and what lies deep inside all of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Mulherin | 11/12/2011

    " This was a great book and Movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlo | 10/26/2011

    " A Classic. Jack London's most well-known. I was fortunate enough to have to read it in school. Picked in up again while traveling and it was as good as I'd remembered it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/16/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Daniels | 10/4/2011

    " Excellent story about discovery of one's true nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Rowland | 9/8/2011

    " London is classic great storytelling...must read for anyone. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Yasmin | 8/25/2011

    " Unique story about the dog leader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora Ghobrial | 7/16/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baby Boo | 7/15/2011

    " this book is awesome ..... its kinda sad and boring at the starting but at the end the end its just freaking awesome man x_x once you get the picture of the whole story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 7/15/2011

    " I read this book as a young girl, when my obsession with Jack London was in full swing. Fantastic tale of survival that will make you want to first get out of your cubicle, and second, make you want to get a dog. Not just any dog, a wolf-dog with a loyalty fiercer than his bared teeth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 An | 5/24/2011

    " It was such a great book. Great details with specific and amazing truths about wolves in particular and nature in general. "

  • 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

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.