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Call of the Wild is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel set during the late 19th century Klondike Gold Rush. The central character is Buck, an Alaskan sled dog who is forced to adjust to the cruel climate in order to survive. If you have even a remote love of dogs then you will fall head over heels in love with this book. In fact, take away the fact that Buck is a dog and the story is the same, a struggle against greed and to live a life of freedom. London spent a year in Yokel researching the book, making it extremely detailed, very simplistic in its descriptions and genuinely heartfelt. Essentially the book explores the concept of survival of the fittest, as we join Buck’s fall from grace, when he is kidnapped for work, and the desire to rise again. Power struggles ensue when we meet Buck’s rival Spritze and we see how brutal the world can be. The vivid descriptions of nature are where this book excels. London is an expert at writing about survival in a natural world. When we are forced into extreme condition, we have to rely on our instinct, what is primitive to us, themes mirrored in Buck’s journey throughout the book. On the surface, Call to the Wild is a simple adventure story, much like London’s other works such as ‘ White Fang’ but underneath there are layers upon layers of questions and thought provoking statements that make us stand up and think about how humans can have a negative impact on nature. A book to open your mind, make you think and to connect with characters that you never thought you could talk to.
the narration is weak
My all time favorite book. Loved Buck and his story. What an amazing dog. I first read this book as a kid close to 50 years ago. Loved having it read to me again.
What a exciting story. I loved Buck and his story. I first read this book 45 years ago. Thrilled to have had it read to me.
Good book but bad narrator:(:(:(:(:(
I absolutely love this book, but could not bear the narration.
The only thing wrong with this audio book is the narrator. His voice is monotone and so boring. It made a great story so hard to get through.
Hey mom, I found drunk Uncle Hershel! Jk, but seriously, great book, terrible narrator. Get it together, Hershel!
boring book one of the worst book's i ever read
The narrator has a horrible voice which makes the whole process very boring though the book might be interesting.
I love this book, but the narrator is awful!! DISTRACTINGLY BAD. He reads like he's sustained a head injury, and his mouth is apparently dripping with saliva and lots of lip smacking. He reads in a total monotone, no inflection. I'm so disappointed, because I really love this story, but the reading is so crappy I had to turn it off.