We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
The Call of the Wild Audiobook

The Call of the Wild

Regular Price:£0.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (41 )
5 star
 (21)
4 star
 (12)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.6 (39 )
5 star
 (25)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.9 (39 )
5 star
 (14)
4 star
 (13)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Wras 27/04/2015
    Wras 27/04/2015 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1534
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    315
    227
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    133
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Humans inhumanity is all too human."

    Buck a domesticated dog is stolen for use during the gold rush in the Yukon; use is not a word I use lightly here, enslaved would begin to describe it better. This is not a childrens book by any standard; the description of cruelty of humans towards animals is brutal and unrelenting, also the descriptions of the survival of the fittest is not restricted in any way, expect gore and cruelty in bucket loads.
    This is a tale of adventure and survival, that takes you into a world where nature is king and master of men and animals, one mistake one miscalculation and your life is gone.
    I finished this short book in one sitting and enjoyed the resilience of buck but found some of the violence a bit disturbing.
    The reader is good but puts little inflection on his voice I found that speeding the voice made it better to listen to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    chloeT 17/02/2016
    chloeT 17/02/2016

    cajt

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "put together from a library of recorded words"

    I remember this to be a great story, however I couldn't even get through the first chapter as the "reading" was so terrible. A computer has put recorded words in the right order, however there is no flow or intonation and its is unpleasant to listen to as a result. Don't waste your money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    janien hampshire, UK 07/11/2016
    janien hampshire, UK 07/11/2016 Member Since 2016

    Audible addict. Love picking up a new read.......review everything I've listened to on audible.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    92
    69
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A stunning wild classic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Call of the Wild the most enjoyable?

    Overall a good presentation and easy to listen to. This is a short classic which perhaps would have fitted into a young adult genre, had that existed when it was published in the early 1900s.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Buck and John Thornton are both favourites. The dog Buck is a wonderful character and the story written from his perspective is beautiful. Yes harsh at times but the reality of life at that time. Not over the top in its depiction of brutality so suitable for all including devoted dog owners such as myself! John Thornton is a kind man in amongst others who are not. All dog lovers can appreciate the bond between man and beloved pooch.


    What about Alan Munro’s performance did you like?

    A good performance by Alan Munro. I had to keep my iPad closer to me whilst listening than usual as the presentation is slightly quieter than others from audible. Only a minor criticism though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no! I wanted to savour it! The language is stunning.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack London is an author I will explore more. His writing is beautiful. Classic literature at its best and easily understood. Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 22/02/2016 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A classic"

    All that made Jack London a great writer is neatly encapsulated in this story. Shorn of all anthropomorphised saccharined nonsense, it is truly moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • David Redding
    Ontario
    10/03/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rich
    Austin, TX USA
    11/12/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jami L
    Utah
    09/03/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Chandler, AZ, United States
    26/05/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terrass Misher
    04/05/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen Irlbeck
    19/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not really the best protagonist but goodish story"

    Buck steals from the men that he considers just, which didn't help me to appreciate him as a protagonist, but Jack London did a good job characterizing all the dogs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marco
    27/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "No, definitely, no"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am very sorry, because the story is definitely good, but the voice is terribly monotone, made me sleepy, very sleepy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Chen
    19/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    "Couldn't understand narrator"

    Very deep voice and poor enunciation makes for a very difficult listening experience. It was so bad that I gave up listening after twenty minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dubi
    New York, NY
    19/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Portrait of the Arctic and a Young Dog"

    I once wrote a story from the point of view of a dog that was rejected because, I was told, readers don't go for anthropomorphism. Jack London's famous novel, an American classic, is an anthropomorphic tale, and having read it now for the first time, I call bullpucky on that editor. Maybe my story wasn't good enough, but readers love anthropomorphism, especially when it's about the animal they love most: dogs.

    Based on his own experiences in the Yukon territory, and based on a friend's dog, London's short novel tells the story of Buck, a pet who is stolen and sold into servitude as a sled dog during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s. He meets bad people, he meets desperate people, he meets good people. He fights off other dogs, and evolves from a house pet to a powerful work dog and, ultimately, hears the call of the wild.

    You can easily read this as a straightforward adventure story, or if you are so inclined, you can read in tons of symbolism, allegory, and philosophy (primitivism, pastoralism, Darwin, whom London read during his year in the Yukon, Nietzsche, etc.). Either way, if you love dogs, your heart will ache for Buck.

    On the other hand, your ears will ache from the terrible narration, a bass voice annoyingly reading the novel in sotto voce. Put up with it -- the story is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ANN-MARIE BURKE
    BARBADOS
    17/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The Call of the Wild?

    from the eyes of the dog it was a totally different perspective. sometimes sad but you understood survival


    Have you listened to any of Alan Munro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    sad, some unexpectetions


    Any additional comments?

    used by my sons for English Literature and they totally enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.