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Summary

Rediscover one of literature’s most beloved classics, richly reissued in a pivotal new audio recording. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black) delivers a stirring performance of Jack London’s fierce yet tender tale of loyalty between man and beast, told from the point of view of a dog.   

The Call of the Wild remains one of London’s best-loved novels, often regarded as the crowning masterpiece of a writer whose enduring popularity and prolific output hold a unique place in American literature.  

On its face, the novel is the story of Buck, a dog stolen from his comfortable home on a California ranch and shipped to the frozen Yukon to be a trained as a sled dog. But this exhilarating tale of a canine hero’s fight for survival is in fact a vivid depiction of the great gold rush to the Klondike in 1897. Brutal and fierce on one hand, this iconic adventure story is also a heart-warming tale of the tenderness and loyalty between humans and animals, brilliantly told from the latter’s perspective.   

Narrator Schreiber, whose previous performance of Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho has endeared him to listeners, brings a classic American tale to the ears - and hearts - of a new generation.    

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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"Narrator Pablo Schreiber's pacing, tone, and timbre are spot-on as he delivers this often brutal story.... Schreiber narrates with exquisite restraint.... The narration is ably done and the adventure well served." (AudioFile)

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Just a Shaggy Dog Story?

I always remember reading this and White Fang while still at school, which is quite a feat of memory in my case! To me these tales seemed remarkably fresh despite their age, this was after all first published in 1903. It's the tale of Buck, a domestic dog just coming of age who is dognapped and taken from the warm South to the frozen Yukon territory to serve new masters in the Klondike Gold Rush.

It's a classic animal coming of age tale but it's not a soft children's story. There is a lot of violence and some animal cruelty, it's a real tale of survival, betrayal and it even channels a christian message as Buck shows his more noble instincts.

This is an old story, but for me it was infused with the nostalgia of my schoolboy enjoyment so Pablo Schreiber's reading was a real pleasure. It really isn't just as shaggy dog story, it's much more than that, but it is also more classic than contemporary. Whether you enjoy it or not will depend on how you take to those characteristics and maybe whether or not you share my warm sense of nostalgia for it!

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what a wild ride

a fantastic story gripping from start to finish. highly recommend this audio book. a story told from a dog's pont of view

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  • 16-11-21

Fantastic from start to finish!

Having watched the film and thoroughly enjoyed it I wanted to give the book a go, the narration is brilliant and the story is heartwarming, sad and inspiring, a must listen, I will certainly revisit this book again and again!

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You know this story...

but this is a magficent retelling of this classic tale of Buck.

wonderful retelling of a timeless but historic story.

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Absorbing

A story which drew out my emotions of a love for dogs. I could just picture Buck!

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I was so bored

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Dark and depressing
White Fang and the 2020s movie adaptation was more entertaining

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Grrr….. the wild out doors

Think I was suppose to enjoy this more than I did….. it was ok in a He-man, Alaskan out back way.

Certainly will not be going on to the other books.

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bok u are amazing and awesome

lovely 😍 book 📖 😍 ❤ 👌 😊 💕
book ain't a normal dog amazing

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Brilliant

Brutal but heartwarming at the same time, this is a well written book which is superbly narrated.

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Anthropomorphic poetry

A short and sweet and very well written exercise in anthropomorphism.

I think perhaps I expected a little more, so large loom the Call of the Wild and White Fang as titans of the American Story, depictions of the old West, and the harsh life of the Klondike gold rush. At 230 pages it's barely more than a novella.

Does it matter that, however intelligent we believe other mammals to be, Jack London is essentially speculating about the contents of consciousness of this Saint Bernard/ Scotch-Shepherd cross?

Probably not. Certainly what stays with you are the depictions of the severity of conditions when travelling over ice in the far north of North America and the consequent brutality inflicted by man on dog and by dog on fellow dog. Is the super human strength of Buck entirely believable? Again, probably not. But clearly there are outliers in any species, creatures who fight just a little harder than most for survival. This is the story of one such; an animal who eventually find his way back to his wolf ancestors, leaving the world of men far behind.

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  • 18-12-18

The Call of the Wild

Well written, you'll have no problem with this story being told from the dogs point of view. The narrator was excellent...in fact I really don't think anyone else could have done better.

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  • 29-09-18

Call of the wild

A book from the point of view of a dog. What a great idea. Although London wrote over a hundred years ago the book sounds totally modern

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  • 29-08-18

A book everyone should read

My late husband read this book in Italian and in English when he moved to the US. Although he loved wolves before, this made him fall madly in love with huskies. Reading this again, for me has touched me in a way it couldn’t when I read it in school. Jack London reveals Buck in an existential way that makes you feel like you are running with the wolves yourself. Pablo Schreiber’s reading draws the reader into the heart of the tale.

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  • J. Sanders
  • 03-10-18

Wonderful!

I revisited this classic and fell in love with it all over again.
Pablo's narration really makes it pop.

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  • brenda burghardt
  • 05-09-18

Thrilling and emotional

I thoroughly enjoyed this story!!! I absolutely love dogs and all animals and having a 4-month-old Husky with a big streak of wild running through him really connected me to the storyline.
I believe I will share this book and listen to it several more times.
Thank you.

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  • Susan
  • 14-11-18

Magnificent!

Thank you Audible for recommending to me this classic! Jack London is an amazing writer who captures, so genuinely, the brutality of the time period. I adore all dogs and now Buck holds a special place in my heart. Please listen!

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  • CJFLA
  • 02-09-18

Wow! A classic is a classic.

Great writing. Great story. Great narration. A timeless story written and narrated to the highest standards.

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  • Stephanie Wagner
  • 06-08-18

Great new performance of a classic

i remember my mom reading this book to me as a kid. this was one of my favorites. Pablo Schreiber does an amazing job bringing the story to life.

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  • Capt. Whitcomb
  • 28-08-18

A Classic

Frankly, I had forgotten what a wonderful story Call of the Wild is. London's words are timeless edging on poetic. Buck...what an animal. The reader performed beautifully.

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  • marian
  • 08-08-18

Narrator not as good as Samuel Griffin

This is the best version available on Audibles, but the best narration of all is performed by Sam Griffin. (He sounds like Tyrone Power.) Only available on cassette tape. Audibles should try to get a hold of it.

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