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The Call of the Wild

Written by: Jack London
Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Call of the Wild" is the story of Buck, a magnificent dog who is stolen from his idyllic life and sold for use on a Yukon dogsled team. His travels are not only of a physical nature, as he learns hard discipline from men who must discipline their dog teams, but his own journey back to his primordial roots in the frozen tundra - the roots of wolf. This amazing story of transformation is beautifully written and provides a glimpse of the hard life in the Yukon Territory during the 1900s.

©public domain (P)2018 AB Books

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Not quite like the movie but it sure was close, the narrative was excellent, just like the story!!

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  • Kim
  • 2020-05-16

Not bad

Overall the story was fine. Some of the writing has some errors, but nothing distracting from the story. I felt the narrator was slightly OVER acting. Every sentence is delivered as though it’s the dramatic one. I got used to it by about half way through. Glad to check this one off my list.

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Great story about a dog called Burke.

Loved it so much l listened in one day! Beautifully narrated. Older English, so a bit difficult to understand sometimes but it's a great story nonetheless.

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Good value audiobook

This is an excellently priced audiobook. In my opinion, there are better narrators around but this narrator is just fine for this book.

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  • Kristine Haywood
  • 2020-02-12

Terrible Narration

Mispronunciations, zero pauses (even between chapters), and a voice that attempts to sound like the suspenseful movie trailer guy through the whole story; this is not “The Call of the Wild” I remember. I was looking for a quick listen before the movie release to refresh my memory. Unfortunately I was driving when I started and just had to let it play. I do not recommend this version.

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  • Thor-Rune
  • 2019-03-31

Classic story from the perspective of the dog

But nothing fantastical, everything believable, and a great story told with a deep rumbling voice.

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  • Theresa
  • 2020-04-30

Narration or news report?

The story was fine. But the narration, not so much. It sounded like a news report. No expression. Just flat.

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  • Ted
  • 2020-02-26

Very poor reader

This guy mispronounces so many words that it’s a major distraction. I strongly recommend against buying this version.

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  • Erica
  • 2020-02-20

Terrible narration

I LOVE Call of the Wild, and decided to listen to the audiobook before seeing the new movie. Wow. Two minutes in and I couldn’t listen anymore. 😕

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  • Michelle Bureau
  • 2020-01-30

Fantastic Story, wish it had a better narrator

Call of the Wild is one of my favorite books, and with the new movie coming out, I picked this up for $0.65. the story is still as strong as ever, but the narrator was a bit stiff. it was worth the less than a dollar I paid for it, but this is a tale that needs a more robust narrator. I highly recommend this book, but I'm sure there are better recording out there of it!

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  • rchriste
  • 2020-01-15

A classic for a reason

Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The riveting tale of a dog, weathering variuos human encounters until discoverig his wolfish ancestry. Biology, understood and made inescapable.

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  • Ryann Voss
  • 2019-12-18

Great!

I didn't think I'd care for this story, but it only forty-seven cents, so I figured I had nothing much to lose. But it was actually really good, it held my interest, and I enjoy the narrator's voice (I've listened to three books read by him now, and he's my favorite so far!). Viva Buck!!!!!

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  • Humburger
  • 2020-10-13

Wonderful story ruined by narrator.

This was one of the most painful listens. Is it so difficult to find a narrator who sounds human? I think not. I have heard narrators who have improved mediocre tales. If this were the only option for the audio version, I would definitely recommend the paper book.

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  • Robert A. Hill
  • 2020-06-14

Classic story every boy must read

The reader mispronounced a lot of words. I enjoyed nevertheless. And the price was right. Thanks, Audible.