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White Fang Kindle Edition
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|Length: 249 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I am unhappy with the way this audiobook has set its presets. Usually, books on CD are given points in the text that are easy to find as presets - the locations on the CD that allow the listener to advance through the reading to find where they left off. Typically, presets are given at chapter starts and then one or two paragraphs into that chapter. NOT THIS ONE! We listened to a chapter a day and I had to struggle to find the next chapter on the following day. Presets were even WITHIN paragraphs! Very impractical for my purposes (and I imagine anyone else).
Although the narrator paced the book beautifully and read with sufficient emotion to bring the story to life, I will probably not buy another audiobook produced by Blackstone Audio in the future because its obvious to me now that they aren't using the standard method of arranging audio tracks.
1 My Dogs in the Northland (1902) (With active table of contents)
2 The Wild Northland, Being the Story of a Winter Journey: With Dogs, Across Northern North America (1922)
3 A Winter Circuit of Our Arctic Coast: A Narrative of a Journey with Dog-sleds Around the Entire Arctic Coast of Alaska (1920)
4 By Eskimo Dog-sled and Kayak (1919)
5 Peace River: A Canoe Voyage from Hudson's Bay to Pacific by the Late Sir George Simpson ... in 1828
6 The Book of Jack London, Volumes I & II (1921)
7 The Great Fur Land Or, Sketches of Life in the Hudson's Bay Territory (1879) (With active table of contents)
8 My Life with the Eskimo (1913)
9 My Arctic Journal: A Year Among Ice-fields and Eskimos (1894)
10 Mad Rush for Gold in Frozen North (1914) (Linked Contents)
The book is really helped with London’s writing. His writing was very eloquent and poetic, something that you probably wouldn’t expect coming from a book about the life of White Fang. This style aided in the descriptions of the Yukon wilderness and all that inhabit it. It highlighted the beauty, order and danger that exists in nature. And considering that the a lot of the cast is made up of animals (to go along with the humans), London’s writing gave them a sort of human quality to them, with their own personalities and traits that distinguishes them.
Which leads me to the book’s unique trait: giving insight to the thought process and rationale of an animal. I didn’t have any expectation as to the book’s content, but in a way I was still surprised to find out how London narrated the story. I appreciated how, in writing the story from an animal’s perspective, included White Fang’s and the other animals thought process. He wrote how they could possibly see the world which in turn influenced their actions. Through White Fang how nature can be both ordered and chaotic, fair and unfair, and the good and bad aspects of humans. This is not to say London made White Fang very logical in his thinking. He very much left room for instincts that couldn’t be explained and just plain not knowing and having to accept things as they are. It was a good balance of having White Fang be an intelligent being while still giving subtle reminders that he has the blood of the wild wolf and still runs on instincts.
In a sense, this is a coming of age story of an animal that’s part wolf and part dog. White Fang essentially finds love and comfort with a human family after enduring some very harsh and difficult upbringing, both from the wild and in the human world (seriously, if a human was put in place of White Fang with the events in the book tailored to a human character, this would be a story about a horrible childhood leading to a suspicious, closed off adulthood). This was a good book with a well-written story and an engaging main character who embodies the word "survivor".
I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left my review.
This book is a companion piece to Call of the Wild in the fact that it tells the opposite story. The story of a wolf who survives hardship and misery only to experience love and trust in his later years.
All is told from the wolf's point of view and except for Black Beauty I have never read a better attempt than this.
Bob Thomley is a great narrator who reads with great emphasis and empathy.
White Fang lived such a harsh life and I really was pulling for him to overcome that and find peace.
I love this book!
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