From Library Journal
The idea behind this collection is an intriguing one: 11 different readers (including Lee Atherton, Martha Austen, and Simon Walker) narrate 22 different London stories. Unfortunately, its execution leaves much to be desired. The selection of tales is fine, and their titles are labeled on individual cassettes, which is unusual; however, the readings themselves are, at best, a mixed lot. Several speakers are okay, but most come across sounding little better than enthusiastic amateurs. Anyone listening to London's incredibly intense "To Build a Fire" shouldn't fall asleep faster than the story's slowly freezing protagonist. Powerful stuff, London's works need powerful readers such as Recorded Books' Frank Muller. Not recommended. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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From the Inside Flap
"Raw and Raked, Wild and Free..."
...that was the way Jack London saw life, and the more he lived it the more enamored of it he became. "All I saw," he once wrote, "was glamor of conquest, of scarlet adventure and yellow gold. ...The life was brave and wild, and I was living the adventure I had read so much about."
Brilliant, poetic, swift with violence and action, his stories clearly illustrate the unique spirit of his unbridled genius. Critics admitted that the young firebrand -- "while frightfully primitive" -- was challenging Poe, Kipling and Melville as a one-in-a-million storyteller. The tales in this volume have been thrilling readers for nearly half a century.