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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild by Jack London
By: (1876-1916)

Buck is living a happy life in California until he is sold to pay a gambling debt. Taken to the Klondike to become a sled dog, Buck must toughen up and learn the harsher rules of survival in the North. One of the first of these is how to deal with being harnessed in the same team as a dog that wants to kill him.

Large, strong and smart, Buck toughens to his new life. But even the toughest dog can be worn down by constant work, and after 3,000 miles of pulling sleds, Buck nears the end of his rope.

Cast away as no longer useful, Buck is acquired by greenhorns whose inexperience nearly kills him, but after being saved by John Thornton, he at last finds a man he can love.

Then on a remote gold-hunting expedition, Buck hears a call emanating from the woods and speaking to the wild heart of his distant ancestors. The lure of it almost balances the great love he bears for Thornton, but events take him away from his old life... and into legend.
Please be aware this book contains graphic descriptions of violence and animal cruelty.

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THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London Contents I Into the Primitive II The Law of Club and Fang III The Dominant Primordial Beast IV Who Has Won to Mastership V The Toil of Trace and Tail VI For the Love of a Man VII The Sounding of the Call Chapter I. Into the Primitive "Old longings nomadic leap, Chafing at custom's chain; Again from its brumal sleep Wakens the ferine strain." Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego. Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland. These men wanted dogs, and the dogs they wanted were heavy dogs, with strong muscles by which to toil, and furry coats to protect them from the frost. Buck lived at a big house in the sun kissed Santa Clara Valley... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 2, 2014
Subject: Call of the Wild
Love the book! The reader did a great job of putting me in the story. I've recommended it my 12 year old son and I know he'll enjoy it as much as I did! Love the book! The reader did a great job of putting me in the story. I've recommended it my 12 year old son and I know he'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Reviewer: - December 29, 2013
Subject: Call of the Wild
I really enjoyed listening while someone other than myself was doing the reading. I first read jack London's books over 60 yrs. ago, and enjoy them over again to this day.
Reviewer: - November 26, 2013
Subject: Call of the wild
I did not like the book it is to hard to follow. The reader makes the book sound really boring. :( I thought that I was going to love it.
November 6, 2013
Im sorry to say I could hear the readers dentures clicking the whole time. I appreciate his effort though,and the effort of this site; after all I'm not paying to hear this wonderful adventure tale.
Reviewer: - September 26, 2013
This narritator reads so slow. and I did not like his voice.
Reviewer: - September 17, 2013
This narritator was so boring I could not listen to him. Uhhh.
Reviewer: - July 28, 2013
Every time I read/hear this story I enjoy it. The actor was an appropriate choice for this setting in the North. Bravo.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Enjoyed this sad account.
April 4, 2013
Could not listen to this narrator!
March 14, 2013
I did not like his voice, but the story was a good one.

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