• White Fang

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (6,041 ratings)

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White Fang

By: Jack London
Narrated by: John Lee
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In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?
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Who's the animal: Man or Wolf?

This story is considered a classic for good reasons. Published over a century ago, the story remains timeless. It also offers glimpse into the past, as Jack London's descriptions of northern life, and in particular the life of First Nations people at the time, is fairly accurate from all accounts.

It refreshing to see how a masterful author can handle cruelty and violence without resulting to the usual graphic descriptions of today. Make no mistake, this is a story about a wolf cub at a time when society was much less predisposed to kindness. It stands to reason this story doesn't follow a Disney like pattern.

What the story does so well, however, is to illustrate the cruelty of certain men. This cruelty stands side by side in comparison to the supposed cruelty of the wolf, which is judged negatively at every turn by "civilized man". It does provide good food for thought.

John Lee did an excellent job. Even if you've read the book, it's worth listening to the audio book just for the performance. If you're not familiar with the story, then I can only mention that this really is a "must read" novel. You won't be disappointed.

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Not just for my Kids or my Youth

I absolutely love the prose of Jack London. I wonder exactly how many people have died, pulled North to the Wild by the romantic pen of Jack London. I finished a while back (Dietz's version) and was crying as I listened to it with my kids.

I've recently become interested in listening to several classics by different readers. London was one of the first I've done this with, but it worked well so he won't be the last.

John Lee gives a very solid reading of this classic. I think this is probably the superior audio of White Fang. While I like Dietz (and haven't done anything but sampled Thomley), Lee's reading is straight forward and easily managed at hyper-audio speeds (2.5x or faster). The only downside of a narration by Lee, is it is sort of like watching a movie with Kevin Bacon. They guy is everywhere and it is weird to hear his voice in so many places.

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Top-rate story and storytelling

Would you consider the audio edition of White Fang to be better than the print version?

I would consider it so, yes. the narrator really brings the words to life, in a way I didn't think possible.

What other book might you compare White Fang to and why?

The Call of the Wild. the stories, and the point of view from which they are told, is unique and fascinating.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first meeting between White Fang and the "Love Master" - no spoilers here, though

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did. This is the first novel as a child that I ever read, and listening to it tok me back to third grade, and the wonder I felt as I realized that a story - jut words, mind you, no pictures - could, really could, take me to another place.

Any additional comments?

This is a must-have in every library, and every Audible collection.

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Great reading

This is one of my favorite books of all time. I own a few audio versions and this is by far the best. Very well done.

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You cannot beat the classics

There is graphic brutality and realistc interpetation of the intellect and soul of a wolf/dog in changing scenarios. London, Hemingway, Conrad, and even Mark Twain were not politically or culturally correct for this time. Perhaps that shows my hypocrisy in shunning the excessive vulgarity and perverse writing of most popular authors. Neither barbarism or profanity can make up for a poorly woven tale. Jack London was a true craftsman in the written word. This narrative starts out in a desolate, cold, fightening hunt in in which men are the prey. Only a great author can completely flip the narrative and have you cheering for the villian in the second and third act.

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Amazing

Captivating and enjoyable story. I felt the fear and the anger as well as loyalty and love. Beautifully written and narrated. Struggled with one chapter because I really hated what was happening. That being said, glad I pushed through and read the whole story

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The fate of domesticated wolf that inducs pathos

If you could sum up White Fang in three words, what would they be?

Courage to live

Who was your favorite character and why?

Weeden Scott, he has love for White Fang

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

All of them well performed by John Lee

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When White Fang learned love.

Any additional comments?

I was encouraged by White Fang's way of vital living . He learned how to adjust his life with different masters and different circumstances.

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A wolf's life

Prepare to cry and laugh listening to this superb rendition of the book.
The 1990's movie has nothing to do with the book, so don't expect a similar story.

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truly is a classic

What made the experience of listening to White Fang the most enjoyable?

This audio has white fang and a couple other short stories. Jack London is a great writer, he picks up the story at the perfect spot and end it at the perfect spot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fang?

When Buck first heard the "voices" from deep in the woods and you understood what the book was about. It really touched that spot in you that makes you want to get way and back to nature.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

Buck

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

n/a

Any additional comments?

try listening to it at 1.5x the speed, I think it adds to the performance, it makes it more suspenseful and puts more an urge or eagerness in the characters to fulfill their destiny.

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A different point of view

A delightful yet informative story from the perspective of a canine, and the mistreatments that many of its kind went through

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  • Maggsie
  • 08-18-21

A Captivating Story

Took a little while to get into it but glad I persevered . Quite horrific at times as the brutal reality of the lives of wolves in the wild was portrayed with accuracy. The only negative was that the ending was rather sudden.

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  • wolf larson
  • 09-14-22

The wild merely slept in him

One of my favourite books because you can feel like the dog and visualise everything that happens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-22

Pretty good

A lovely story good if you want something light and not too heavy I liked it :)

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  • poletka
  • 01-13-22

Lovely book

My boys loved listen to this book, great story,narrator is easy to understand. Recommend

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  • Mr. A. Lambert
  • 01-03-22

Black Beauty with Wolves

Really enjoyed this but the story is very similar to Black Beauty. If you want to read an animals life story and don't like horses then this one is perfect for you!

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  • Lynda
  • 05-13-17

Worth the read

I really enjoyed this book it's one I will keep. Enjoyed the life of the wolf. Makes you think that they are not just wild animals