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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: Brian Emerson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455176779
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He is a man capable of abandoning two sailors in an open boat, yet he is an avid and thoughtful reader of the moral philosophers. He is Wolf Larsen: captain of the seal-hunting Ghost, the unforgettable protagonist of one of the world’s great sea novels. Tormented by his own convictions, Larsen is an enigma both fascinating and repellent to his reluctant crewman, Humphrey Van Weyden. Throughout their long and perilous voyage together, the captain’s ruthless belief in the survival of the fittest is pitted against Van Weyden’s “civilization”—a contest between two opposing views of life that demonstrates Jack London’s gift for expressing complex ideas with exciting action. Together with the other stories selected for this volume, The Sea Wolf is a superb example of the genius of a writer who was, in the words of Maxwell Geismar, “the poet of the savage Darwinian struggle.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A superb piece of crafsmanship.”

    New York Herald

  • “It is an uncommonly vigorous piece of  work, admirably developed—one of the best sea tales in recent literature.”

    Boston Herald

  • “Although American literati don’t read this adventure, it remains a masterpiece of naturalist fiction.”

    The Hungry Mind Review

  • “Mr. Jack London has produced in The Sea Wolf...one of the strongest pieces of literature sent forth by any writer today.”

    Albany Argus, 1904

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Corrigan | 2/18/2014

    " Great book. My only complaint is Maud, who is (depending on your point of view) either horribly dated or just plain annoying. Hump had elements of dated annoyingness, but his presence was balanced by Wolf and the rest of the crew. Maud's entrance almost wrecks the book. But all in all, a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Ahaus | 2/18/2014

    " This book was strenuous to read. My boyfriend, who urged me to read it, states he loves it because it is a "great coming of age story". I think that is true as well, but the story could've been told in 50 pages vs 300, and with MUCH less descriptive writing. Also, the villain is a straight psycho. Another 'classic' down.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 2/17/2014

    " London's hyperbole makes for a fantastic adventure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 2/17/2014

    " Tuned out almost immediately. I got through a chapter, but just barely. "

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

    " Read this because I had a Kirkus book that was a take-off on it. Antiquated, yes, but still delivers a punch. Wolf Larsen still stands out as a personality original, and the adventure is pretty good too. The romance subplot suffers badly from the conventions of the day, but this is still worth the time for anyone looking for adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theo | 2/14/2014

    " I liked the adventure at the end of the book, but thought it was really slow until then. Itt had good philosophy's though. Interesting to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 2/12/2014

    " This is a very, very good book. Unlike Jack London's other books, this one has nothing to do with dogs or wolves, but still, a thrilling adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason McNamara | 2/10/2014

    " Starting in SF Harbor and cris crossing the Pacific, this book is equal parts philosophy, action and suspense. The first three quarters of the book are pitch perfect madness. And then a woman is brought upon the ship ...and the book turns into a flowery romance. UGH. The Hollywood ending feels tacked on and out of place with the rest of the book. Too bad most of it is very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Helmick | 2/10/2014

    " got this at a yardsale for 25 cents, and it has inspired me in countless ways, love Jack London "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/8/2014

    " Wolf Larsen my kind of guy...(just kidding)...a great tale "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quinn | 2/6/2014

    " Really a 3.5. This is the very facinating story of a weenie that becomes a man under the guiding hand of a mean old captain. And throw in a little love story to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah Smurthwaite | 2/1/2014

    " The protagonist if one of the intellectually elite and once he is Shanghaied transforms from an aristocrat attending swank Sausalito parties to a capable swashbuckling sailor. This is the transformational power of SF romanticized in American literature. In the Grapes of Wrath when word comes to Grandpa Joe that he is going west he shouts, "I'm gonna be a heller again." SF provides an avenue for appetites that are repressed in the East. It is the city where the unexpected is expected. "

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

    " Feel like staying up past midnight on a stormy night imagining that you are a deckhand trapped on a pirate ship on a suicide mission? This is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck Rollhauser | 1/30/2014

    " A classic that I had thought I knew all about. Read it this spring and found put otherwise. Not a gay romp through the Pacific, but thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mat | 1/29/2014

    " The curveball in my London reading, Sea Wolf follows a weak and scared book critic who's a passenger on a ship that crashes off the coast. Alone in the water surrounded by a thick fog, our pansy book worm fears death until he spots a vessel, and by chance, the vessel spots him. Little does he know, the ship called "Ghost" is captained by the most bad ass man ever to walk the earth...Wolf Larson. With a cook that just died and down a man, our bookwoorm now has a job on the Ghost with the meanest and strongest boss known to man......of course it's all against his will. Overall, this is an absolutely crazy, weird, strangely romantic novel that I thought I'd hate....But, I couldn't stop reading it, regardless of the absurdity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 1/28/2014

    " The general storyline and the relationship between Hump and Wolf had potential and almost kept me interested. But it the story feels drawn out (which seems odd, since the book isn't all that long) and the romantic schlock between Humphrey and Maud is literally painful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/27/2014

    " As a good friend always says when he is on his 7th glass of wine after several margaritas, "Duality of Man...It's the duality of Man, man" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/26/2014

    " I wish I could give it five stars - Larsen alone deserves it. Beauty in desperation, perhaps? "

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

    " I grew up hearing the praises of Jack London and his writing sung by both of my parents and went to visit his "Wolf House" ruins more than once as I was growing up. His life was the stuff of legend in the Bay Area of California where I grew up. Yet I came to London's writing reluctantly. Something about his rough and tumble background and humble beginnings misled me into thinking that as a writer he was nothing more than a hack. Before reading this novel I had read The Call of the Wild and quite a few of his short stories and a biography of his life. Although The Sea Wolf does have its shortcomings, its strengths more than make up for them. London was a multi-faceted human being who channeled his considerable gifts as a writer into finely spun tales and The Sea Wolf certainly stands as the best among them. Yes London was a prolific writer who was driven to produce much of his work out of financial necessity but the elemental force and deft touch of his writing placed him in the first ranks of American writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhiannon | 1/23/2014

    " i was all hyped up for this book... and i was let down. i cant quite put my finger on WHY, though. i was all into it.. but the ending left me going "okay.. and the point was?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Circe | 1/22/2014

    " A classic adventure/romance story! Has lots of sailing jargon (and philosophical undertones) but I don't think it impedes enjoying the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary C. Moore | 1/22/2014

    " Wild story. Wolf Larsen is a memorable character, full of life. It is a little strange that it turns into a romance, not in keeping with London's usual depressing end to his pieces. Worth reading just for getting to know Wolf Larsen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/21/2014

    " Although he is best known for his other works, I believe this to be his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 1/19/2014

    " Powerful writing from an acknowledged master storyteller. A dark, yet compelling tale with one of the most vivid characters I have ever seen, Captain Wolf Larsen. This book seems a strong comment on materialism and Social Darwinism, perhaps a vestige of the time in which London wrote. Indeed, it is said that London wrote the book as a challenge to the "Superman" philosophy of Nietzsche. After reading this, I find that a believable statement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/18/2014

    " I read this for my Political Science class, and liked it. I thought parts of it were a bit outlandish, mostly the presence of Maude, but overall, it was entertaining and Humphrey and Wolf were an interesting contrast to one another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Morris | 1/15/2014

    " I could have done without some of the nautical descriptions and some of the slightly overwrought passages about technical matters, but for the most part this is an excellent book. Wolf Larsen is a genuinely marvellous character and Humphrey's evolution is also wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 1/14/2014

    " Ehh. So many books to read. This one was dark without anything to encourage to keep at it. On the plus side, there was some philosophical questions posed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/14/2014

    " In this one seaman gets pulled out of the water as a shark chews his leg off. I read this as a kid and didn't forgret that part ofit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellen | 1/14/2014

    " Reigning Champion of my dusty shelf. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Brady | 1/14/2014

    " I found this book wanting. I read it in Junior High as an assignment after reading White Fang(which I loved by the way.) This book nearly bored me to tears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pandora | 1/9/2014

    " It been a crazy summer. I don't remember much of my reaction to this book. I do remember I enjoyed it more than the other two sea adventures I had tried to read - Moby Dick and Captain Courageous. The plot moved better than Moby Dick. Even better since the two major characters were educated men there wasn't a lot of dialect unlike Captain Courageous. "

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

    " For some reason I've always been a fan of Jack London... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat/rick | 1/5/2014

    " Weighty powerful prose, story, undercurrents. I don't know if I chewed enough to really digest it, but I know this: London was a master and is probably underrated, underread (that goes for many!) in our time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theo | 1/5/2014

    " I liked the adventure at the end of the book, but thought it was really slow until then. Itt had good philosophy's though. Interesting to think about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/2/2014

    " "Mom, you HAVE to read this book!" Isaac kept insisting. So I listened to it on CD and enjoyed this sea adventure that reminds me of Moby Dick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Simpson | 1/2/2014

    " This extremely interesting books about a wealthy protaginast named Humphrey Van Weyden who gets lost at sea. Soon in the book he ends up finding a seal hunting schooner. He is suddenly forced to work for his survival. This detailed book about the survival of Weyden as he journeys across the seas with the seal hunters. It did get a little dry or slow at times but overall it was a pretty good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L. Hager | 12/31/2013

    " A captivating sea tale. The violence of the monster Wolf Larsen is relieved with the appearance of the fair Maud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 12/29/2013

    " About the captain of the 'Ghost', Larsen and his crewman Van Weyden "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dex | 12/26/2013

    " Great book. The balance of questions and answers provided through action is wonderful, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Mcfadden | 12/23/2013

    " The fight scene in this book had me panting and sweating as if I was in the middle of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 12/18/2013

    " Poor adaptation of a better story. It hits enough of the notes to wrok pretty well in spite of itseld. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 12/14/2013

    " philosophy and existentialism in the context of blood sweat and tears "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabi (Sherlockian; My Middle Name Is Eccentric) | 12/11/2013

    " It was 'ok', and yet good. Quite a bit of language, but that's what to expect from this certain author. Pretty good storyline, but a "not what you'd expect" ending. All together, a very depressing outlook on the sea life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angus | 12/10/2013

    " It was a bit uneven at times but an overall enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 12/10/2013

    " Book was ok. Great villian, good writing, but I'm simply not a lover of reading about stories on the seas I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellen | 12/8/2013

    " Reigning Champion of my dusty shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Kelly | 12/7/2013

    " A good read. It is different than many of London's short stories, but it is not short of great descriptive sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/24/2013

    " Jack London is an amazing author. He can truly use words to bring things to life. "

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

    " I think that this book was a very inspirational text. It includes many ideas and concepts of philosophy. Though it is somewhat hard to read, it states interesting and complex thoughts that hang on to you through out your day. It is a very interesting text that also has a very engaging story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Policastro | 11/21/2013

    " The Sea Wolf is a classic and I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Jensen | 11/19/2013

    " I like stories where you can associate yourself with the hero and the villain. Reminds me a bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, and Moby Dick (not just because it is a sea novel). The darker and lighter side that can exist in us all is portraid through the two main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 11/16/2013

    " Possibly the greatest adventure story ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/9/2013

    " A wonderful story that explores humanity through the conflict between shipwrecked gentleman (Van Weyden) and rough, but intellectual ship captain (Wolf Larsen). A philosophical argument over what it means to be human wrapped in a tense thriller. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 11/3/2013

    " A little longer than I like; but good. A better understanding of ship vocabulary may have helped make it more interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 11/2/2013

    " Jack London and I do not get along "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjm | 10/28/2013

    " I can see why it's a classic. Once on board the reader is part of the crew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/13/2013

    " My all time favorite book of my favorite writer. Jack London is a writers writer. He can make a short story feel like you've read a 700 page novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 9/30/2013

    " Great book! I DO love a high sea adventure! Wolf Larsen is one of my favorite literary characters now! Really enjoyed this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 9/8/2013

    " I was at times captivated and at times bored to tears. Very high and very low points in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Wedeking | 8/31/2013

    " One of my favorite books. Then again, "my favorite books" is a very large list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/8/2013

    " Jack London is an amazing author. He can truly use words to bring things to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 7/14/2013

    " it actually wasnt too bad...thanks for choosing it 4 me sky! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ó Ruairc | 6/26/2013

    " Wolf Larsen is one of the most intriguing and unforgettable characters in the history of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bikewriter | 6/6/2013

    " I live in Jack London's stories when I read them. This is my second reading of The Sea Wolf, and I could smell and feel the salt spray, the physicality and brutality of the seaman's life, the sense of surviving for the sake of just that. London was a masterful storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 6/6/2013

    " As a good friend always says when he is on his 7th glass of wine after several margaritas, "Duality of Man...It's the duality of Man, man" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Kobb | 5/31/2013

    " Anyone else think that the Wolf should be played by Daniel Day Lewis? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/22/2013

    " The Sea Wolf is not a dog, it's a crazy ship captain. That alone was disappointing enough not to like the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrell | 3/24/2013

    " Good book, if you are a Jack London fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 3/11/2013

    " Rather a gruesome tale that wraps up a little too nicely, The Sea Wolf was an entertaining and sometimes harrowing read. In a way, it could be considered a good coming of age novel, nautical style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/11/2013

    " Wolf Larsen my kind of guy...(just kidding)...a great tale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/7/2013

    " A gripping read even if the plot is a bit naff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Policastro | 1/30/2013

    " The Sea Wolf is a classic and I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 1/24/2013

    " Very infuential, a book that changed the way I looked at literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/10/2012

    " Great book! I DO love a high sea adventure! Wolf Larsen is one of my favorite literary characters now! Really enjoyed this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 11/29/2012

    " Great book. The story was suspenseful and the characters were very well written. You could identify with the different conflicts the characters had. A very good and fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin Hinkley | 11/29/2012

    " This is a story that made the sea and the ships of old come alive. If a book can put you on the edge of your seat, this one will do that. Masterful creation of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/13/2012

    " I was surprised by how quickly i was hooked on this book. yeah for classics! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 11/11/2012

    " The Sea Wolf is not a dog, it's a crazy ship captain. That alone was disappointing enough not to like the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/5/2012

    " Jack London at his best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Simmons | 9/19/2012

    " A well told sea faring tale that moves as briskly as a sloop with the wind at yer' back. Lots to enjoy here with the classic man vs man vs the sea plus some "nature of man" debate thrown in for good measure. Great description without being overdone plus good action. A must read! "

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

    " I liked this book. Wolf Larsen is one of the more memorable antagonists I have read. I got lost at times in the sea/sailing vocabulary. But I enjoyed the conflict, the classic good vs. evil struggle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 5/30/2012

    " Very good. A book that had been on my to-read list for many years after reading "The Call of the Wild" when I was in high school. Think "Treasure Island" meets Freddy Kruger. A stalker from the high seas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 4/8/2012

    " What woman would fall in love with milquetoast Humphrey Van Weyden, I ask you? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 4/3/2012

    " The story line was okay. Some of the characters were unique enough that it made the book very entertaining for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calderq | 3/13/2012

    " That a belief in God is more important than life. And it was interesting to follow the main character strengthen as Sea Wolf became weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/29/2012

    " Very interesting philosophical work--good story running through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/28/2012

    " The captain of this boat was every and anything bad and I seriously grew to hate him. I was very into the book by the end. Anytime someone is stranded on an island, I am interested to find out what happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/20/2012

    " A wonderful story that explores humanity through the conflict between shipwrecked gentleman (Van Weyden) and rough, but intellectual ship captain (Wolf Larsen). A philosophical argument over what it means to be human wrapped in a tense thriller. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 1/8/2012

    " I <3 Wolf Larsen. THAT is a man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dex | 12/27/2011

    " Great book. The balance of questions and answers provided through action is wonderful, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L. Hager | 12/12/2011

    " A captivating sea tale. The violence of the monster Wolf Larsen is relieved with the appearance of the fair Maud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Gager | 12/4/2011

    " Read many years ago and barely(but sufficiently) remembered. Possibly read for prep school. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 10/23/2011

    " Some what of a Moby Dick copy with a lot shorter sentences. I like London's stile. Cool book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/7/2011

    " Interesting story. The first half really dealt alot with the way we treat one another and our moral philosophy. The second half loses that and becomes more of a romance. The story stays interesting enough to continue reading. I really enjoyed it! Plus, it is a sailing book with clean language! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zack | 9/5/2011

    " I actually didn't hate this book. So that was cool. It was really interesting. But I doubt I would have decided to read this book on purpose. (It was for school.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 9/4/2011

    " Excellent and complex story of an intellectual dealing with real life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 7/26/2011

    " There's so much to say about this book, I don't even know where to begin. Surely, this is one of my new favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calderq | 7/21/2011

    " That a belief in God is more important than life. And it was interesting to follow the main character strengthen as Sea Wolf became weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevinrardinhotmail.com | 7/11/2011

    " This is one of Jack London's very best. Powerful story. Wolf Larsen is one of the most menacing characters I've ever encountered in literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juris Graney | 6/9/2011

    " Great up until half way through the book until it appears Jack London fell asleep "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Circe | 4/10/2011

    " A classic adventure/romance story! Has lots of sailing jargon (and philosophical undertones) but I don't think it impedes enjoying the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/27/2011

    " Read White Fang this year, which was the worst of any of the stories of his I've read, but notable for its masculinist author using the word puppypack. CotW is good, though, and The Sea-Wolf is awesome. A classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/27/2011

    " I know last book that you ever thought I would read...I had to for a class, if last 1/3 of the book could have been the whole thing I would have loved it. Great life lessons in the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/13/2011

    " If you've never read much of Jack London this edition is super. It has all his best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/5/2011

    " I just couldn't get into this. It's very violent and dark - not my thing at all. Well written, to be sure, but the content was insurmountable in my mind and kept me from enjoying this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clifford | 12/6/2010

    " What can you say about these writings that has not already been said? If you have not read Jack London do yourself a huge favor and do so as soon as possible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcelo | 12/26/2009

    " jack london me faz pensar que merda eu ainda faço enfiado num apartamento no meio de uma cidadezinha de merda enquanto tem um mundo imenso e bizarro a minha espera. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 12/24/2009

    " I raely just read call of the wild.It Is about a large dog named buck and his fight for survival.In the book he is stolen and becomes a sled dog he quickly gets used to it and becomes a leader.I thought it was a great book and if you like survival and adventure books you will like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 1/31/2009

    " OFTEN OVERLOOKED AS A 'CONTEMPORARY' WRITER - HIS STORIES ARE AS GOOD AS ANY CURRENT BESTSELLER BY FAR! CHECK OUT SOME OF JACK'S STUFF! "

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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

Brian Emerson is an actor and technical director with a long career in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas.