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The Call of the Wild

Lu par : Alan Munro
Durée : 3 h et 37 min
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Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

Public Domain (P)2014 Trout Lake Media

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  • Rich
  • 11/12/2015

Great Introductory Literature; Lousy Production

I might have read 'Call of the Wild' in high school--I can't remember. If I did, surely I dismissed it as bothersome homework that wasn't as exciting as video games.

Two-plus decades later, I now find COTW way more exciting than video games. London's delivery is just great, following the trials of Buck and his indomitable spirit from California ranch dog to Alaskan free-range wolf. From the violent gold-rushers to the disciplined postal routes to the ignorant family and the love of John Thorton, every episode is a slice of the human condition--for better or worse--creatively told from the canine perspective.

The production of this title is very poor--the spliced recording has seams and the fidelity of the narrator has too much bass--but the narrator (Munro? Husmann? Artwork and metadata have conflicting information) does have moments of excellence: the scenes of Dave's death and the snowshoe rabbit rise to the top.

"There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move." --Jack London, Call of the Wild

This book is a simple, terrific introduction to American literature and deserves a better recording. But hey, I found this on Audible for 50 cents--it was pocket change well spent.

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  • Jami L
  • 09/03/2015

great story, but not the best narration

really liked this book. the narration was not the best, but for the price I'd listen to Richard Simmons read it.

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  • David Redding
  • 10/03/2015

Speak up!

unlistenable...the reader has a pleasant, deep voice but he whispers like he's trying to put a child to sleep. I was unable to fully understand what he was saying.

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 27/06/2016

Enter the Wild

Jack London's incredible story of Buck and his adventures in the Alaskan wilderness a classic for very good read. This should be required reading for anyone who loves dogs, or just animals in general as you'll definitely look at nature differently afterwards. I really can't recommend this highly enough.

That said, this audio performance leaves a lot to be desired. Alan Munro rarely strays from a dull monotone and has a naturally raspy voice. That, coupled with a poorly edited recording makes parts of this very hard to follow. Do yourself a favor and read this instead listening to it. It's too good a story for anything to stand in your way.

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  • Brian
  • 26/05/2016

Great story poorly read

This is a great book but the reading was so frustrating to listen to. The dialogue sections were good but the rest was almost monotone. The reader's voice is very low (bass) and often low (soft) with little fluctuation, making words indiscernible. My opinion.

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  • Terrass Misher
  • 04/05/2016

My Favorite Author of All time

I yearn to get out of the city and to get out of the 9-5 lifestyle so much that this book nearly makes me cry every time I read it.

Why? Because inside of us all is a forgotten, primitive existence that is just under the surface. And reading this book reminds me of that existence and I get a little happier inside knowing that I'm connected to my ancestors on a level that I can't explain.

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  • Donna Marshall-Mogavero
  • 10/04/2020

The narrator is annoying.

I am very fond of Jack London's novels and short stories. This would have been a great listen except for the odd way the performer stopped and started (or paused) at inappropriate places in the sentences. I found this to be annoying and it distracted me from being able to following the thread of the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08/03/2020

Great Narrator

Always have loved this story and Alan Munro brought the story to life. Loved it!!

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  • Gary W
  • 01/03/2020

Classic with many life lessons.

Now I know why it was required reading in high school. with a few decades of experience I picked up on a lot of things that I'm sure I missed as a teenager

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  • AV
  • 27/09/2019

It's a classic

No matter how much time passes this book remains timely. With each read comes a deeper understanding of who and what we are.