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Call of the Wild (version 4)

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By: (1876-1916)

The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London published in 1903. The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period in which strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into service as sled dog in Alaska, he reverts to a wild state. Buck is forced to fight in order to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild. The terrible, never relenting work of pulling sleds in sub-freezing temperatures combined with little food and rest quickly killed any dog not extremely tough. It almost kills Buck but his fierce determination to survive finally brings him through.

London lived for most of a year in the Yukon collecting material for the book.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 25 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 1, 2018
Subject: LOVE the book; poor narration
I absolutely love this book, but could not bear the narration.
June 26, 2018
Subject: Narrator
The only thing wrong with this audio book is the narrator. His voice is monotone and so boring. It made a great story so hard to get through.
Reviewer: - May 23, 2018
Subject: Narrator
Hey mom, I found drunk Uncle Hershel! Jk, but seriously, great book, terrible narrator. Get it together, Hershel!
May 15, 2017
Subject: wasting your time
boring book one of the worst book's i ever read
Reviewer: - April 20, 2017
Subject: Narrator
The narrator has a horrible voice which makes the whole process very boring though the book might be interesting.
Reviewer: - December 20, 2016
Subject: Great book, TERRIBLE narrator! Please re-record!
I love this book, but the narrator is awful!! DISTRACTINGLY BAD. He reads like he's sustained a head injury, and his mouth is apparently dripping with saliva and lots of lip smacking. He reads in a total monotone, no inflection. I'm so disappointed, because I really love this story, but the reading is so crappy I had to turn it off.
Reviewer: - October 30, 2016
Subject: Call of the.....zzzzzzzzz
This is a fantastic book and one that every boy and girl should love. As well as should adults who return to it. But the reading is terrible. While we should appreciate all readers for giving of their time to read books some people just aren't cut out for the job. To me the reader expressed little interest in the book as evidenced by his generally monotone, bored voice. It pains me to see reviews where someone found it hard to get into the book. Librivox needs a higher criteria for their readers.
Reviewer: - March 3, 2016
Subject: Call of the Boring...
This book and White Fang are my all time favorite books. I love them so much. This is why it pains me to immediately delete this book not a single chapter in because the reader is about as horrible as a reader can be. He sounds like he's about to fall dead asleep or just run out of breath the entire book. I can hear his dentures clicking, hear his mouth and lips smacking, yet at the same time his recording manages to sound like crap. I know this complaint isn't really worth anyone's time because the book is free, but I felt I needed to say something.
Reviewer: - September 9, 2015
Subject: Wild!
This is a really hard book to get into but once you do it's a really good book. Wasn't happy with the narrator but overall this book was pretty good
Reviewer: - April 3, 2015
Subject: Call of the Wild
Loved the voice of the narrator
Reviewer: - December 19, 2014
Subject: Call of The wild
Narrorator is terrible so hard to imagine
August 11, 2014
It's an "Ok" book... I got really lost at first but then i started understanding it.
Reviewer: - August 2, 2014
Subject: call of the wild
I thought the reader was really hard to follow as well. He did his best job though. Good storey overall but I wasn't happy with the reader either.
Reviewer: - March 2, 2014
Subject: Call of the Wild
Love the book! The reader did a great job of putting me in the story. I've recommended it my 12 year old son and I know he'll enjoy it as much as I did! Love the book! The reader did a great job of putting me in the story. I've recommended it my 12 year old son and I know he'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Reviewer: - December 29, 2013
Subject: Call of the Wild
I really enjoyed listening while someone other than myself was doing the reading. I first read jack London's books over 60 yrs. ago, and enjoy them over again to this day.
Reviewer: - November 26, 2013
Subject: Call of the wild
I did not like the book it is to hard to follow. The reader makes the book sound really boring. :( I thought that I was going to love it.
November 6, 2013
Im sorry to say I could hear the readers dentures clicking the whole time. I appreciate his effort though,and the effort of this site; after all I'm not paying to hear this wonderful adventure tale.
Reviewer: - September 26, 2013
This narritator reads so slow. and I did not like his voice.
Reviewer: - September 17, 2013
This narritator was so boring I could not listen to him. Uhhh.
Reviewer: - July 28, 2013
Every time I read/hear this story I enjoy it. The actor was an appropriate choice for this setting in the North. Bravo.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Enjoyed this sad account.
April 4, 2013
Could not listen to this narrator!
March 14, 2013
I did not like his voice, but the story was a good one.
Reviewer: - February 14, 2013
Subject: Good
At first the voice actor really bothered me with his mono tone voice, but the story was really good. So I listened on. Worth it.
Reviewer: - February 6, 2013
Subject: Yes, The Actor..
This novel, is truley the worst thing I have everbread in my entire life. Seriously, do not buy, borrow or so much as glace at this atrotion to society.

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