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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James L. Haley Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455198788
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Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast—by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster pirate. From his vantage point at the margins of Gilded Age America, he witnessed such iniquity and abuses that he became a life long socialist and advocate for reform. His adventures in the American wilderness and underworld informed his fiction, and his writing came to captivate the nation as it defined his era. Within his own short lifetime, London became the most popular, and bestselling, author of his generation.

By adulthood he had matured into the iconic American author of such still-universally loved books as The Call of the WildWhite Fang, and Sea Wolf, but in spite of his success, he was at war with himself. The highest-paid writer in America, he was constantly broke. Famous as he was for conjuring the brutality of nature in story after story and novel after novel, upon the actual deaths of his favorite animals he would dissolve into helpless tears. Sick, angry, and disillusioned, after a short, breathless life, he passed away at age forty—but he left behind him a glorious literary legacy.

Award-winning author James L. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London—a man bristling with ideas, whose passion for social justice roared until the day he died. In Wolf, Haley returns Jack London to his proper place in the American pantheon, resurrecting the author of White Fang in his full fire and glory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] valuable Londonbiography. It surpasses Irving Stone’s 1938 Sailor on Horseback, giving us a well-delineated picture of a singular, complicated figure…These days we have little sense of the literary glory that was Jack London. Thanks to James Haley’s zeal, the author of [the fiercely imaginative Before Adam], not just the man of The Call of the Wild, is before us again.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Narrator Bronson Pinchot’s direct, animated performance proves to be a perfect complement to the rich and absorbing text. With Pinchot’s well-paced and fluid delivery, listeners are easily made witness to the most intimate and exciting details of London’s life. Listeners looking for an entertaining biography will find it here.”

    AudioFile

  • “Haley’s work is the sympathetically told story of a man unlucky in his birth to foolish parents, unlucky enough in his health to die at forty, and unlucky with women until his second wife, Charmian. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick

Listener Opinions

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

    " I didn't know much about Jack London, but wow, what a life. Or, as the author says, lives--he had very distinct periods or stages of life that were wildly different, but all added up to a fascinating story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita L | 10/2/2013

    " Seems to be a rather even-handed biography. London lived an amazing life - or perhaps several lives - in his short number of years. It has inspired me to go back and re-read some of his works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Sundstrom | 4/26/2013

    " Interesting read, I didn't know much about Jack London before reading this. A well rounded account of the hard and adventurous life that he mined for his work. "

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

    " Assigned review for Audiofile Magazine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evalyn | 11/11/2012

    " Really good biography of Jack London, his life and his work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly Barham | 10/20/2011

    " Authors political bias bleeds throughout the book. Tainting what could be an interesting biography otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade | 7/28/2011

    " A really good bio about a very complex and gifted man. I'm going to read Call of the Wild, now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alhanson | 4/29/2011

    " what an amazing man, adventurer, environmentalist, ahead of his time(not all goldlen). Can't believe there hasn't been a major motion picture of his life (george clooney maybe?) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janette | 4/10/2011

    " Wish that I had never learned the truth about his life. I liked him better when I didn't know the facts! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Herridge | 12/21/2010

    " Great biography. It was a good page turner and very clever. I felt like it was well researched and seemed very fair. I'm not a huge fan of this genre, but I enjoyed it greatly. I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about authors or the early twentieth century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/9/2010

    " I didn't know much about Jack London, but wow, what a life. Or, as the author says, lives--he had very distinct periods or stages of life that were wildly different, but all added up to a fascinating story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janette | 10/24/2010

    " Wish that I had never learned the truth about his life. I liked him better when I didn't know the facts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evalyn | 9/7/2010

    " Really good biography of Jack London, his life and his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 7/28/2010

    " Assigned review for Audiofile Magazine "

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About the Author
James L. Haley is an award-winning historian and author of numerous books on Texas and Western history, as well as several works of fiction, including The Buffalo War, which has been in print for thirty-nine years and remains the definitive history of the final war of the Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Indians against Anglo domination; the multiple award winning biography Sam Houston; and Wolf: The Lives of Jack London; among others. Haley’s work has garnered many awards, including two Spur Awards (2002 and 2011) from the Western Writers of America. The Shores of Tripoli is the first thrilling installment in his new nineteenth-century American naval fiction series.
About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.