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To Build a Fire

Narrated by: Peter Husmann
Length: 41 mins
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Summary

"He travels fastest who travels alone...but not after the frost has dropped below zero 50 degrees or more." (Yukon Code)

Jack London’s best short story.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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A cautionary tale...

...and a quick and engaging listen. The narration fit the story very well. This is one to listen to while you're curled up somewhere warm!

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  • Aaron
  • 21-02-14

never go alone in -50°

Written as only Jack London can...

A man traveling alone across a winter-scape where temps are colder than -50 below.
His legs accidentally go through a soft spot where natural spring waters remain free of ice regardless of temps. Now the emergency! He must start a fire, but his hands are not working, and his legs are starting to freeze.

As I write this review, the midwest has been experiencing record cold temps as cold as -50°. School is cancelled and weather advisories go into effect. People are warned to stay indoors.

In this book, his friend warns him not go out alone, but he doesn't listen...
It is not London's best work, but he does manage to capture a certain poignancy.

Narration was fine- Husmann has a classic, crisp tone.

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  • Nothing really matters
  • 27-12-13

Great classic.

My son and I enjoyed this reading of this classic short story very much. It made our trip to the dentist a great experience.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-10-17

Terror in the the banal

If there is another author who can create such an engrossing tale about something as Benign as buiiing a fire , I have yet to encounter him.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 05-01-17

THE ABSENCE OF SUN

All about this not so bright individual who for some reason, unexplained, is running around in -50 weather. He is consistently getting wet. Every since I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, I have a problem taking Jack London very seriously. He was actually a drunk who spend very little time in the wild. As often as this guy got wet, I did not understand why he did not die sooner.

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  • William E. Hendry
  • 02-11-17

Only Jack Could Write This

One of his great short stories focusing his time in the Yukon.

Peter does a good read and you can feel the cold and need of fire.

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  • Kirsten
  • 06-08-15

Shocking!!!

Great story! The end completely caught me off guard. The performance was very well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-19

Wow , this is terrible .

My English teacher unfortunately made us read this book . She thought the book was marvelous with its detail , color , and sensory language . Saying that she loved the theme of “man against nature.’’ But I’ve got to say that this is one piece of hot garbage called “literature.”

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  • Sam Wise
  • 18-04-19

Great Story!

The story is simple but very engaging, I loved the descriptions of the surroundings, the weather conditions, the man and the dog descriptions.. also, incredibly well read, sometimes I would rewind some sentences just to hear it again for fun. Highly recommend it!

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  • DR DEADPOOL
  • 28-11-18

best story EVER

London is the most recognized naturalist storyteller ever. I know cold, but not cold such as this.

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  • Julian Radmilovich
  • 19-11-18

Amazing Short Read, Real Life Lesson

This is my first Jack London book and I really REALLY enjoyed it. As someone who loves the wilderness winter aesthetic and vibe (but lives in Socal lol) I really admired the brevity of the story for how impactful it felt. A man who doesn't love his dog treks through the wilderness and realizes the true dangers of a dead cold winter. As someone with minor hiking and snow mindfulness and knowledge, this was a great read to really discover not just logical dangers of cold wilderness, but the emotional realities as well - of building a fire and building companionship. Great listen for my commute and with winter coming up.