“In ‘Love of Life’…one learns much about what this talented writer thinks would be done and felt by a man lost and starving in the dreadful Coppermine country, and something, perhaps, about what such a man in such circumstances really would do and feel.” —New York Times, 1905
- The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
By Jack London
Read by Grover Gardner
Release Date: 3/27/18
Formats: Digital Audy
A departure from London’s normal tales of the frozen North, all of these tales take place in the islands of Hawaii. The tales deal with racial issues, family relationships, leprosy quarantines, missionaries, and the diverse people who make their homes on the beautiful Hawaiian islands.
London traveled to Hawaii in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including an eight-month stay shortly before he died in 1916. He had a fondness for the islands that is apparent in the rich descriptions in these tales.
Short stories in this collection:
- “The House of Pride”
- “Koolau the Leper”
- “Goodbye, Jack”
- “Aloha Oe”
- “Chun Ah Chun”
- “The Sheriff of Kona”
- Love of Life, and Other Stories
By Jack London
Read by Robertson Dean
Release Date: 11/24/15
Formats: Digital Audy
John Griffith “Jack” London was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire,” “An Odyssey of the North,” and “Love of Life.” He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as “The Pearls of Parlay” and “The Heathen,” and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf. London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel.
This collection includes “Love of Life,” “A Day’s Lodging,” “The White Man’s Way,” “The Story of Keesh,” “The Unexpected,” “Brown Wolf,” “The Sun-Dog Trail,” and “Negore, the Coward.”
- Great Classic Stories III
Read by various narrators
Release Date: 9/01/11
Formats: Digital Audy
A great new collection of classic short fiction, brilliantly read by a selection of narrators
This recording includes the following stories:
• “The Lightening-Rod Man” by Herman Melville
• “One of the Missing” by Ambrose Bierce
• “The Leopard Man’s Story” by Jack London
• “Tennessee’s Partner” by Bret Harte
• “The New Catacomb” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
• “A Pair of Silk Stockings” by Kate Chopin
• “My Watch” and “The Widow’s Protest” by Mark Twain
• “An Ideal Family” by Kate Mansfield
• “A Painful Case” by James Joyce
• “Small Fry” by Anton Chekhov
• “The Road from Colonus” by E. M. Forster
• “Silhouettes” by Jerome K Jerome
• “The Voice of the City” by O. Henry
• “Dalyrimple Goes Wrong” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• “The Diamond Mine” by Willa Cather
• “The Man with the Golden Brain” by Alphonse Daudet
• “Morella” by Edgar Allan Poe
• “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
• “The Portrait” by Edith Wharton
• “The Philosopher in the Apple Orchard” by Anthony Hope
• “Monkey Nuts” by D. H. Lawrence
Jack London’s tales are more than epics of hardship and survival—they are morality plays in which good wins over evil.
In the desolate, frozen wilds of northwest Canada, a wolf cub finds himself the sole survivor of his litter. Son of Kiche, half-wolf, half-dog, and the ageing wolf One Eye, he is thrust into a savage world where each day renews the struggle of survival. It is a lonely but noble life—until the day he is captured by dog-driving men. The cruel mistreatment he bears in this new life of slavery teaches him to hate.
Only one man sees beyond the rage of White Fang to his intelligence and dignity. Only one has the courage to offer the killer a new life. But can his kindness reach the heart of White Fang?
Jack London’s masterpiece describing the timeless bonds between man, dog, and wilderness
Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scotch shepherd, is a bold-spirited dog living the good life in the Santa Clara Valley. But when a treacherous act of betrayal results in his kidnapping, he is stripped from his comfortable life on the California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Yukon, where he is made a sled dog. Strong dogs are in high demand as the Klondike gold rush rages on, and Buck must battle the bitter cold and savage lawlessness of man and beast, striving to serve the man who shows him kindness. Can he rise to the challenges he faces and once again become the master of his realm?
- Dog Tails
Release Date: 1/01/07
Formats: Digital Audy
A collection of three heartwarming stories about man's best friend
The gentle story of a Labrador puppy, Dollypogs, and her two pals, big old Jetset and little Snuggles, both adopted by Dollypog's loving master, David Thorn. A very sweet and touching story about how they all came together and their adventures as a loving family.
Jack London was one of the first fiction writers to achieve worldwide fame. Though he is best remembered for his novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set during the Klondike Gold Rush, his short stories are considered masterful. Here in "Brown Wolf," a couple living on a homestead in Northern California who take in a stray sled dog from Alaska. A story about the relationship between man and animal, "Brown Wolf" is among London's finest shorter works.
Link Farris found Chum in a ditch by his farm with a badly broken leg. After nursing the dog back to health, Chum became Link's inseparable companion, protecting him from robbers and helping him herd the farm animals.
When Link realizes what a beautiful dog Chum truly is, he decides to enter him in a dog show, an adventure that reveals the mystery of Chum's ownership—and the battle Link must fight to keep Chum safe from harm.
Jack London’s adventurous nature, intuitive feeling for animal life, and superb storytelling skills give his tales a striking vitality and force. Thrilling action and a sense of justice characterize the classic stories in this collection.
In the desolate, frozen wilds of northwest Canada, a lone wolf fights the 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?
The Call of the Wild
A bold-spirited dog named Buck is stripped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Klondike. There he is made a sled dog and battles to become his team’s leader, as well as the devoted servant of John Thornton, a man who shows him kindness amid the savage lawlessness of man and beast.
A rare pearl is fought over during a hurricane on a South Sea island. A zealous missionary sets out to spread the gospel in a land of cannibals. The son of a Polynesian chief becomes the slave of a white man. These stories and others portray life in the South Seas in the days of tall ships over a century ago. In powerful and compelling language that seems not the least bit dated, Jack London tells eight tales of high daring and great savagery, of bravery and death, even of occasional humor, that could only take place in the exotic South Sea islands. Based around themes London considered important—race, culture, justice, and heroism—the stories derive their intensity from the author’s own far-flung adventures, conveying an impassioned, unsparing vision borne only of experience.
Included here are the following stories: “The House of Mapuhi,” “The Whale Tooth,” “Mauki,” “Yah! Yah! Yah!” “The Heathen,” “The Terrible Solomons,” “The Inevitable White Man,” and “The Seed of McCoy.”
Captain David Grief, South Pacific tycoon, owns plantations and trading stations from New Guinea to Samoa, pearling fisheries in the Paumotus, and rubber acreages in the Louisiades. His own vessels recruit contract labor, and he operates three steamers on ocean runs. He came to the South Seas at the age of twenty and, blessed with a blond skin impervious to tropical rays, browned over two decades into a true “son of the sun.” At forty years of age, he looks no more than thirty. His manifold enterprises flourish. His is the golden touch. Yet he plays the South Seas game not for the gold but for the game’s sake and for the daring life of the island rover.
Told in Jack London’s graphic and colorful style, David Grief’s adventures are related through these eight long tales of danger and daring:
“The Son of the Sun”
“The Proud Goat of Aloysius Pankburn”
“The Devils of Fuatino”
“The Jokers of New Gibbon”
“A Little Account with Swithin Hall”
“A Goboto Night”
“The Feathers of the Sun”
“The Pearls of Parlay”
He is a man capable of abandoning two sailors in an open boat, yet he is an avid and thoughtful reader of the moral philosophers. He is Wolf Larsen: captain of the seal-hunting Ghost, the unforgettable protagonist of one of the world's great sea novels. Tormented by his own convictions, Larsen is an enigma both fascinating and repellent to his reluctant crewman, Humphrey Van Weyden. Throughout their long and perilous voyage together, the captain's ruthless belief in the survival of the fittest is pitted against Van Weyden's "civilization"—a contest between two opposing views of life that demonstrates Jack London's gift for expressing complex ideas with exciting action. Together with the other stories selected for this volume, The Sea Wolf is a superb example of the genius of a writer who was, in the words of Maxwell Geismar, "the poet of the savage Darwinian struggle."
- Great American Stories
Release Date: 1/01/94
Formats: Digital Audy
These ten treasured stories from the most influential authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are selected for their literary importance as well as their dramatic, oral qualities. The following stories are included in this collection:
“The One-Million-Pound Bank Note” by Mark Twain
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain
“A Visit to Niagara” by Mark Twain
“Mysterious Visit” by Mark Twain
“The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane
“The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” by Stephen Crane
“The Eyes of the Panther” by Ambrose Bierce
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce
“The Love of Life” by Jack London
“To Build a Fire” by Jack London