The Call of the Wild by Jack London audiobook

The Call of the Wild

By Jack London
Read by Frank Muller

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The Call of the Wild, a novel by American author Jack London published in 1903, is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts. When one man shows him kindness, he strives to serve the man. Can he rise to the challenges he faces and once again become the master of his realm? Jack London lived for most of a year in the Yukon collecting material for the book. The story was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in the summer of 1903; a month later it was released in book form. The novel's great popularity and success made a reputation for the author. Much of its appeal derives from the simplicity with which London presents the themes in an almost mythical form. As early as 1908 the story was adapted to film and it has since seen several more cinematic adaptations.

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The Call of the Wild, a novel by American author Jack London published in 1903, is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand.

The novel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts. When one man shows him kindness, he strives to serve the man. Can he rise to the challenges he faces and once again become the master of his realm?

Jack London lived for most of a year in the Yukon collecting material for the book. The story was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in the summer of 1903; a month later it was released in book form. The novel's great popularity and success made a reputation for the author. Much of its appeal derives from the simplicity with which London presents the themes in an almost mythical form. As early as 1908 the story was adapted to film and it has since seen several more cinematic adaptations.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] marvelously graphic picture of the great gold rush to the Klondike…Fierce, brutal, splashed with blood, and alive with the crack of whip and blow of club.” San Francisco Chronicle
The Call of the Wild is the greatest dog story ever written and is at the same time a study of one of the most curious and profound motives that play hide-and-seek in the human soul.” Carl Sandburg, winner of Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and biography
“Frank Muller commands attention from his first words…Thanks to Muller’s artistry, Buck’s experiences are spellbinding, especially as he learns the skills he needs to survive. Listeners will believe they can hear Buck howl and sing ‘the song of the wolves.’” AudioFile
“Fiercely American.” E. L. Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Jack London

Author Bio: Jack London

Jack London (1876–1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. Before making a living at his writing, he spent time as an oyster pirate, a sailor, a cannery worker, a gold miner, and a journalist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction writing. He is best known for his novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set during the Klondike gold rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire,” “An Odyssey of the North,” and “Love of Life.”  He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as “The Pearls of Parlay” and “The Heathen.” He was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, including The Iron Heel, The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.

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Available Formats : CD
Runtime: 3.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English