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4.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 5 4.35 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: Richard Rohan Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781593161187
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What happens when an over-confident prospector finds himself alone with a half-wild dog on a wintry Yukon trail?

One of London’s most well-known works, To Build a Fire tells the story of a new arrival to the Klondike who stubbornly ignores warnings about the folly of traveling alone. He falls through the ice into a creek in seventy-below weather, and his survival depends on being able to build a fire and dry his clothes—which he is ultimately unable to do.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KatieSuzanne | 2/18/2014

    " I've read this a few times as well as listened to it on tape. Everytime it makes me cold. Also, everytime I'm out in the snow parts from this story cross my mind. I know it's not supposed to be a scary story, but I've been scared because of it more than a lot of other stories I've read. "

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

    " It can be the middle of a sweaty, hot, summer day, and Jack London's "Th Build a Fire" can still make me shiver with cold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/12/2014

    " To build a fire is one of my favorite short stories of all time. Except for a few other people like Borges or Chekov I cannot think of anyone who does short stories better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/8/2014

    " Crazy stuff happens in Alaska. Happened back then, happens in the present day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Evans | 2/4/2014

    " you'll never feel cold again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 2/2/2014

    " Superb. Especially To Build a Fire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 1/22/2014

    " haven't read the whole thing, but there are some great works in here...London really had the short story down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 1/15/2014

    " To Build a Fire is story enough by itself, towering over the other stories. Brutal and simple, the perfect Jack London story like David Allen Coe wrote the perfect country and western song. All the important elements are there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre Keating | 1/14/2014

    " It's the second story, Love of Life, that haunts me---the feel of the wolf's breath on his cheek, the will to life. Our Russian friends turned me back on to London, just as they did Somerset Maugham, and they were right. Two unappreciated, great writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 12/23/2013

    " The title story is one of the best short stories in the English Language, in my opinion. "

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

    " For any lover of adventure or the outdoors London is a must read. To build a fire bring into dramatic contrast the divide between the power of nature and the abilities of man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/6/2013

    " I guess it's a good story because I still think about it all the time, but dang, sooo depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Harris | 12/2/2013

    " 'To Build A Fire' - arguably the greatest short story written in the English language? London at his very best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/12/2013

    " To Build a Fire is to climb into the Alaskan cold. Only a few pages long but well worth the time; make hot chocolate to drink after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mat | 8/21/2013

    " To Build a Fire is a wonderful short story that has the same great descriptive imagery in many of London's novels. A story about a stubborn and in the end, out of luck man in the mean and brutal wild. A touching piece written wonderfully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorrie | 6/17/2013

    " I've read these stories a number of times and enjoyed them. listened to a tape of to build a fire with my family on a trip through Las Vegas, we were still feeling like we might get frostbite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 4/12/2013

    " How to write with color like painting a picture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 3/14/2013

    " "To Build a Fire" is probably my favorite short story EVER. Read it with a warm cup of tea and a blanket - it'll make you feel like you're in Alaska! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/10/2013

    " Not as good as call of the wild and White Fang - but London was a global explorer and these stories show the amazing range of places he visited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bahar Filiz | 1/24/2013

    " i don't know how many times i read "The Mexican", it's my personal favourite. And, "To Build a Fire" because of Haruki Murakami. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Place | 1/14/2013

    " There's not much from Jack London I don't like. These short tales started my guided tour of his voluminous works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G0rd0 | 1/3/2013

    " The greatest short story ever " All Gold Canyon " "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 blereader | 12/27/2012

    " Jack London just can't go wrong; I have not read anything by him that I have not absolutely loved. This book is a nice collection of some awesome stories with interesting facts, such as at what temperature does spit freeze? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/9/2012

    " Characteristically London -depressing. I went through a Jack London phase several years ago and "To Build a Fire" is among my favorite stories of his. Perfect for dark moods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/5/2012

    " To Build a Fire is one of the best stories. It reminds me of The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dc96 | 11/24/2012

    " Simple stories but touching on some great themes. "

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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

Richard Rohan is a stage, film, and voice-over actor who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks over the last decade, in every genre. He is particularly proud of his work as director and performer on the acclaimed Space Fantasy audio drama series Deathstalker.