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The Call of the Wild

Written by: Jack London
Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

What the critics say

"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)

Behind the Scenes with Pablo Schreiber

"[The Call of the Wild is] a great slice of American history but deeper than that it's also a wonderful metaphor about listening and following our instincts."
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Blew my mind

Amazing book, well narrated, brought a tear to my eye when I thought of my own dog.

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Wonderful!

It’s not often that a book has me clutching at my heart and covering my eyes as I listen to it. For Jack London to generate sympathy and emotion in a book from the viewpoint of a dog is incredible. As a dog lover, it was really hard to listen to at times, and yet I could not pull myself away. A feast for the senses, and gloriously written, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Jim
  • 2018-09-13

Canadian Masterpiece - Delivered in Modern Medium

Any book by Jack London is worth a revisit and in a modern Audible Medium, it comes alive again.

The performance is wonderful and as a Candian who has served in that very area, it is a treat to go back in my mind's eye and see it again.

The bond between man and animal is sacred in the North and London has captured the mystic of that phenomenon.

Well done! Great Listen!!

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I felt entertained

I purchased this title because Pablo Schreiber narrated it and I recognized the authors name. I felt for the characters, so I can say I enjoyed it beginning to end.

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Incredible Story

Jack's London's The Call of the Wild had been sitting in my library for a bit. I wanted to start it, but the short length was throwing me off a bit. Nevertheless, recently the call was strong, and like Buck I was called to the mysterious unknown. The book is a heart-wrenching story that follows Buck from his relatively stable life to a life of hardship, and finally a life he deserves. A true classic, highly recommended for anyone.

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wish I had read this long ago!

good narrator and tone throughout.
fun story! review must have fif teen words to post...

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Absolutely amazing

Excellent performance of a beautiful story. I would recommend to anyone that loves nature and animals

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Classic story

An amazing classic with very well done narration. I'll listen again and enjoy as much.

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  • 2018-12-18

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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  • andrew cotton
  • 2018-09-29

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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  • Cynthia Dwyer
  • 2018-08-29

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
  • 2018-10-03

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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  • Pamela Child
  • 2018-08-01

Fabulous

Don’t miss this. A classic comes alive and is compelling. Worth your point and more. Can’t say enough good. Great book great performance!

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  • Susan
  • 2018-11-14

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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  • brenda burghardt
  • 2018-09-05

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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  • CJFLA
  • 2018-09-02

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
  • 2018-08-06

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
  • 2018-08-28

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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