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Publisher's Summary

"To Build a Fire" is the best known of all London's stories. It tells the story of a new arrival to the Klondike who stubbornly ignores warnings about the folly of traveling alone. He falls through the ice into a creek in 70-below weather, and his survival depends on being able to build a fire and dry his clothes - which he is unable to do. The famous version of this story was published in 1908.
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  • Seth H. Wilson
  • 2015-01-13

A Tale of Survival?

This is a pretty straightforward story about a man trying to survive in the bitter cold of the North. It's well-written and well-told, but otherwise unremarkable. It's difficult for me to see why it's one of Jack London's best-known stories when he has so much other great work out there.

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  • Blizzard
  • 2012-05-26

Nothing to lose

This is such a well-regarded story and it's offered so cheaply that I found it hard to pass up. The audio is fine and the reader does a fair job, though I sometimes felt the tension in his voice was a bit forced. I think the story could have benefitted from a somewhat graver, perhaps gruffer, voice. But that's nitpicking really.

I might actually prefer to read the paper version on its own, but for a couple of bucks there is nothing to lose here. It's a tense outdoor survival story and I certainly feel like I got my money's worth!

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  • billsuperior
  • 2008-09-18

Maybe we are not invinsible

Loved it, very detailed writing for a short story. Highly recommended