In the great tradition of classic animal stories, Jack London's famous tale is wrenching. 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. William 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.
Buck is living the good life in the soft South, when he is snatched and transported to the savagery of the Northland. There, the Klondike gold rush has brought out rough basic instincts of survival in men - and dogs. He adjusts to the gruelling regime of a sled dog, which almost kills him, but he survives to find a new and fulfilling way of life. The Call of the Wild is not only a classic tale, but also an enduring masterpiece of the inescapable laws of nature. Now in unabridged form in a new reading by William Roberts.
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"Bill Roberts is the best."
Bill Roberts makes this book. He brings the story to life. Thanks to his narration, you can imagine you are on the ice with the sled dogs.
Such violence; I was remembering that I read this story as a youth and thought it was no big deal, but now, wow...
Props for a classic story that speaks to not only man's harsh actions but animals as well. Lost of violence and cruelty that is presented as a part of real life. The story is actually bland being a gold rush and sled dog story going here and there, but the interactions and relationships between the characters is what rips at your core and makes it a great listen. Good audio quality.
"Good book, good narrator...."
London is one of my favorite writers and the narrator does a good job with this audio but personally, I enjoyed reading the book much better.
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