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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

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An enjoyable reading of a classic tale

Jack London is unparalleled at bringing the wilderness to vibrant life. The brutality, determination and eventual freedom of Buck's change from an adored pet to a wild creature is perfectly depicted.

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  • markweintraub
  • 24-07-17

The law of club and fang<br />

My girlfriend lives on Third St. in SF close to where Jack London was born. And recently I've taken a big Bay area interest. This audio book was my introduction to Heinold's Saloon's honored apparition. And if if Buck could choose only one narrator to read his story, my money is on this performance.

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  • Rhonda
  • 07-02-15

Amazing reading and writing.

Beautifully read, thoughtfully descriptive story of a domesticated dog that goes on to become powerful husky pack leader. His extremely different lifestyles, from one owner to the next.

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  • Lisa Cook
  • 09-04-18

Violent!

Children and tenderhearted dog lovers beware. This is not the book for you. It is absolutely fascinating, as told through the dog's eyes, but extremely violent! Mary Sarah Agliotta is a fantastic narrator, and really brings the story to life. Just difficult to listen to some of the content

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  • The Wolf
  • 10-11-17

Dog lovers....this is IT !!!

As a tame but powerful dog...Buck....adapts to the harsh life of the Alaska gold rush, he learns survival lessons that eclipse the civilized life he led before being dog-napped and sold into dog slavery. He learns that life is a Darwinian struggle in the frozen north, and that it takes both strength and cunning to survive.

If you love dogs, you will love this excellent tale of a dog who adapts, survives, and wins the struggle of life in the harsh, frozen, and heartless frozen North....a dog who eventually wins the love of and the love for a man.

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  • Richard B.
  • 23-04-15

Better than expected

I was surprised given how cheap this is that this seems to be the best recording of this story. In fact, the narrator does quite a good job, a couple of random unusually pronounced words notwithstanding.

I finally read this because it's on all those lists of the top 100 novels. It certainly wouldn't be on my list, but I ultimately came to see why it's so loved, even if I thought the first half was pretty dull.

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  • J. S. Harbour
  • 11-01-19

Breathless whispering+shouting=ears ringing

One of the worst narrators I've heard in an audible audiobook. Competent but lacking voice control. She shouts into the mic intermittently while doing a breathless whisper most of the time (omg isn't my voice so sexy?). I will never listen to this piece again.

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  • Marc
  • 07-01-19

who doesn't love buck

still remember my mother reading this to me when I was young. call the wild who can't relate

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  • Swamp Woman
  • 30-12-18

Difficult to understand narrator

This is read in a way that is difficult to understand. Can’t rate story as we could not get past the first few paragraphs of narration. I know it is a great story.

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  • Robert
  • 27-12-18

quick

quick listen, a bit too fast paced for me but it's to be expected with a 3 hour narration.

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  • Dlrsoren
  • 16-12-18

I loved it it was enthralling. it made me emotiona

I loved it it was enthralling sometimes I was very sad wanted to cry and other times it made me very happy. I was so tickled that the dog finally found Love. I felt like it was a very emotional story. I thoroughly enjoyed it