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The Call of the Wild [Kindle Edition]

Jack London
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William Roberts gives a gruff backwoods urgency to the tale of Buck, a kidnapped St Bernard/collie cross who becomes the toughest sled dog in the Yukton - yet awards his final loyalty not to fickle men but to the wolf pack. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

In the great tradition of classic animal stories, Jack London's CALL OF THE WILD, read by William Roberts, is a wrenching story. From the peril Buck the sled dog faces in the Arctic to the suffering he endures under brutal masters, listening to his adventure is no tame experience. Roberts has a voice that could have belonged to one of this era's gold panners. He sounds like a grizzled man who would never display overt emotion but who, nonetheless, can tell a captivating yarn. While Roberts doesn t use great character range, he lets London s writing especially the passages about the mysterious, enchanting call of the wild ring with its startling beauty. --AudioFile

Jack London's deceptively simple direct way of writing combined with one of best dog stories ever, is why this book is such an enduring classic. And TV, film and stage actor William Roberts's reading is perfect. His robust voice, his ability to keep listeners glued, and the fond care with which he reads is spellbinding. When gold is found in the Klondike, there is a great need for sled dogs. Buck, part St. Bernard and part Scotch shepherd is stolen and moves from his happy life as king of the Santa Clara ranch where he lives a life of adventure, peril, though also often cruelty, to Alaska. There is a string of tales from his taming to the ways of sled pulling, to the inept trio who are doomed, dog fighting, survival, and finally to meeting John Thornton and their mutual love and understanding for one another. The longer he lives in Alaska, the more in tune with the ancestral ways of his dog ancestors Buck becomes, dreaming of old half clad masters and shades of all manner of dogs, half-wolves and wild wolves until he is drawn deep into the wilderness. This listener found this to be one of the best recordings I've listened to in a long time; I had to be careful while driving and listening because I got caught up in being in one of my favorite places and living the life of a dog. Any parent or librarian looking for something short and exciting for a child, young adult or family listening can't go wrong with Roberts's performance and Call of the Wild, a guaranteed hit! --Mary Purucker, SoundCommentary.com

This was the story first published in 1903 that made the struggling writer Jack London famous. Listen to William Roberts's majestic reading and you will understand why. Set in the 1890s Klondike gold rush, it tells how Buck, a huge wolfhound, is stolen from his pampered Californian home and becomes a sled dog in the arctic wastes of the Yukon. As brutal as his successive masters are, the pack of dogs he is harnessed alongside is even deadlier. How Buck survives the rule of club and fang is a classic, once misguidedly described as a children's book because it is narrated by a dog. Of course it is an allegory civilisation versus the old primordial instinct for survival at any price but for pure excitement and adventure it has no equal. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian

Any parent or librarian looking for something short and exciting for a child, young adult or family listening can't go wrong with Roberts s performance of Call of the Wild, a guaranteed hit! --Mary I. Purucker

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A new edition of this exciting tale of the sledge dog, Buck, and his heroic adventures

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481916939
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZBW2Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant, moving story of nature and survival 30 Nov. 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I have to admit that I have not really given Jack London his proper due up to now. Perhaps it is because I don't by my nature like outdoor adventure type stories, or perhaps it is because I associate White Fang and "To Build a Fire" with my youth. The fact is that Jack London is a tremendously talented writer. His understanding of the basics of life matches his great knowledge of the snow-enshrouded world of the upper latitudes. The Call of the Wild, despite its relative brevity and the fact that it is (at least on its surface) a dog's story, contains as much truth and reality of man's own struggles as that which can be sifted from the life's work of many another respected author. The story London tells is starkly real; as such, it is not pretty, and it is not elevating. As an animal lover, I found parts of this story heartbreaking: Buck's removal from the civilized Southland in which he reigned supreme among his animal kindred to the brutal cold and even more brutal machinations of hard, weathered men who literally beat him and whipped him full of lashes is supremely sad and bothersome. Even sadder are the stories of the dogs that fill the sled's traces around him. Poor good-spirited Curly never has a chance, while Dave's story is made the more unbearable by his brave, undying spirit. Even the harsh taskmaster Spitz has to be pitied, despite his harsh nature, for the reader knows full well that this harsh nature was forced upon him by man and his thirst for gold. Buck's travails are long and hard, but the nobility of his spirit makes of him a hero--this despite the fact that his primitive animal instincts and urges continually come to dominate him, pushing away the memory and reality of his younger, softer days among civilized man. Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Call of the Wild is an awesome book! 16 Feb. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Everyone who gave The Call of the Wild only 1 star doesn't seem to understand the book. The book is not horrible. Even though Jack London got a little carried away with his descriptions doesn't mean it wasn't a good book. Some things seem unrealistic in the book, but that's not the point. The book is an allegory, which is a story where the characters are symbols of everyday life. Buck is supposed to be "everyone" in the world, and he makes it through life without dying, and he even has a legacy afterwards. All the other dogs, like Spitz, have their own character traits, and they all died. You have to be like Buck; you have to be centered and grounded and you have to know who you are. The theme of the story is "Survival of the Fittest". This is what Jack London is trying to say. Don't think I'm an English teacher writing this. I'm in 7th grade and I had to read The Call of the Wild for school. You should think of this book as a great one. Why do you think some expressions and terms used in everyday life today come from The Call of the Wild? Why would people 100 years later read this book? The reason is because it is a great piece of literature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Call of the Wild 7 May 2009
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
`The Call of the Wild' follows Buck, a strong, dignified dog as he is torn from his home and taken to pull sled in the Yukon during the gold rush. It is written mainly from a dogs point of view which makes for original and interesting reading and shows how Buck gradually creeps back to his primordial and hereditary roots as a wild dog. This is only a short book but you are quickly drawn into Bucks world and viewpoint and before you know it the last page has been turned and you are left both satisfied and saddened to have finished. Written in simple, yet richly descriptive, language this book is aimed at children, although adults can get as much, if not more, from it as younger readers can. Having heard about this book for years but never getting round to reading it, I can say that it was a delight to pick up and immerse myself in and I only wish I had done so sooner. A classic wilderness tale and one well worth checking out.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buck realizes his potential 30 May 2010
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Gold was found in Alaska, the rush to obtain it required a strong constitution and many dogs to do the work that horses usually did in the states. The environment bread harsh attitudes. Also in the testing of ones mettle one finds their true potential.

Buck (a dog that is half St Bernard and half Shepherd) goes through many lives, trials, and tribulations finally realizing his potential. On the way he learns many concepts from surprise, to deceit, and cunning; he also learns loyalty, devotion, and love. As he is growing he feels the call of the wild.

This book is well written. There is not a wasted word or thought and the story while building on its self has purpose and direction. The descriptions may be a tad graphic for the squeamish and a tad sentimental for the romantic. You see the world through Buck's eyes and understand it through his perspective until you also feel the call of the wild.

The Call of the Wild - Dog of the Yukon (1997)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true philosopher. 16 Mar. 2012
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Jack London, an American author, journalist, and social activist, was born in 1876. He led a hugely colourful life, one that included being caught up in the Yukon Gold Rush. His time on the trail formed the basis for his two best known books - "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang".

"The Call of the Wild" opens in the Autumn of 1897, and tells the story of - Buck, a St Bernard - Scotch shepherd cross and four years old when we first meet him. He lives at Judge Miller's place in the Santa Clara Valley and is his owner's pride and joy - literally the estate's top dog. Unfortunately for Buck, with the Klondike Gold Rush in full swing, there's a demand for big, strong sled-dogs. While the Judge wouldn't ever consider selling Buck, one if the Judge's unscrupulous gardeners is bad need of some cash - and, sooner than you can say "Get down, Shep", Buck is heading to the frozen north.

Buck serves a number of different masters - some treat him well, others terribly. (The level of cruelty that Buck suffers on his journey north is appalling and only one of the humans in "The Call of the Wild" earns Buck's undying loyalty). Many of Buck's fellow dogs are little better, however - his own team has one cruel and dangerous rival called Spitz, for example. Although Buck's easy life is over, he luckily proves to a quick learner - as clever, hardworking and adaptable as he is strong. However, as time goes on, the call of the wild becomes louder and Buck longs to join the wolves.

A short book, one that can be easily whizzed through and - despite a number of unpleasant scenes - totally recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a story to it
I didn't like this book because it's very groosom and there isn't much of a story too it and there are a lot of big words in it
Published 4 days ago by Caitlin Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A classic of course and I understand whuy , A great read especially if you love dogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to want to leave your sofa. For good.
Heart breakingly beautiful. Theres a reason why people go and die happily in Alaska having read Jack London.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic!!!!
Published 17 days ago by Mr. N. J. Woodall
1.0 out of 5 stars this is a re-read from a book that I enjoyed many years ago
this is a re-read from a book that I enjoyed many years ago. Brilliant. Next one; "White Fang" by the same author
Published 22 days ago by Mr Frank Ballington
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Havent read it yet but came quickly on my Kindle on my phone and tablet and works fine :)
Published 1 month ago by Gelly90
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
It's a great story told by a master story teller from which the reader can learn a great deal about basic instincts and life in general
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5.0 out of 5 stars a book that expresses the reality of nature and life
This book is truly magnificent it shows all the aspects of nature and life. The fight for survival and the determination to live are both shown in Buck. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go North the Rush is on
Wonderful book simply written vivid and exciting absorbing and a humbling tale for the human
race was not long back from . So Alaska when I read it 5 stars
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