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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack London Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781452672571
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A collection of eight of Jack London’s best short stories, including his famous “To Build a Fire.”

“To Build a Fire,” the best-known of Jack London’s many short stories, tells the tale of a solitary traveler on the Yukon Trail accompanied only by his dog as they endure the extreme cold. A classic narrative of a battle for survival against the forces of nature, “To Build a Fire” is London at his best.

Also included here are “The Red One,” “All Gold Canyon,” “A Piece of Steak,” “The Love of Life,” “Flush of Gold,” “The Story of Keesh,” and “The Wisdom of the Trail.” A vital collection of works by one of the greatest short-story writers in American literature, this edition is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Harris | 2/15/2014

    " '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 Daniel | 2/6/2014

    " I read this when i was a kid. Jack London did go up north gold hunting and this one is mainly about lighting a fire at 50 degrees below zero. I will never forget this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G0rd0 | 2/5/2014

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

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

    " I believe there is no more emotional and effecting story written in human history than "To Build A Fire" if this story does not bring you to tears, does not remain with you for the rest of your life than you have no idea what it meansd to be a human and have love and companionship with animals or other humans "

  • 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 Terry | 1/13/2014

    " been wanting to read this for quite some time. Kept it in the car for "wait" reading. Finally finished. Loved these stories especially since we visited Alaska and the Yukon--took a train along that Yukon gold rush path---can totally "picture" these tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 12/22/2013

    " These stories were weirder than I recalled. "

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

    " I read "To Build a Fire" at least once a year. Just to remind myself that freezing to death really is the way to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 12/17/2013

    " 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 Anna | 11/26/2013

    " I really had a Jack London phase in middle school. I remember writing a short story based on the same style and even featuring the same morals. Good times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raphael | 11/6/2013

    " Jack London's short stories are astonishing. I read them last year, and my jaw was agape the entire time. I highly recommend them. "

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

    " My absolute favorite story in this collection is The Mexican. Read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 4/21/2013

    " Masterful evocation of some of the last frontiers, the northwest and the pacific. The land, the sea, the wind, and the cold come alive as their own characters in opposition to human will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 2/6/2013

    " True classic tales. Was surprised to find out that London ventured into science fiction stories which were quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/28/2012

    " "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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/14/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/4/2012

    " 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 Bill | 6/28/2012

    " Intense story, can't tell you about it without giving it all away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Sadowski | 3/12/2012

    " You really feel the cold bite you when you read this story. I haven't read all of this one, but I read to build a fire. it was amazing, and Jack London is an amazing writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KatieSuzanne | 3/11/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederick Jackson | 1/30/2012

    " Few can match London in the short story form. All these stories are memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorrie | 12/25/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abram | 12/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookwyrmgyrl | 8/25/2011

    " 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 Robert Place | 8/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 7/20/2011

    " The short stories "War" and "To Build a Fire, both by Jack London, are two stories that should be read by all. Both are classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trevor | 6/2/2011

    " This is a good book full of adventure and fighting along with life from a dogs perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 5/31/2011

    " Beautifully written, though probably too gory and brutal for children. The relationship between Buck and his last owner, John Thornton, made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 5/28/2011

    " A reread, but the tale of Buck still as engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edy | 5/26/2011

    " Jack London is known as a great author, but this genre doesn't do anything for me. I read it because I had to, period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/26/2011

    " Hmm... dogs, a reliable creature for human being... I never know this story before but I really enjoy it. Dogs that become one with wolf is a very rare thing, I think. And that's quite unique... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/26/2011

    " Read this story YEARS ago. I really enjoyed it, but I was only a child at the time - still consider it one of the classics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/25/2011

    " Enjoyed this very much at a young age. "

  • 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. "

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