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Publisher's Summary

"The danger lay in the heavy fog which blanketed the bay, and of which, as a landsman, I had little apprehension." This is the first line that the listener hears in this tale of a man uprooted and thrust into the unfamiliar and dangerous world of the sealing sailor. Humphrey Van Weyden, a San Francisco sophisticate and an intellectual finds himself the captive voyager aboard the Ghost, captained by the brutal and barbaric Wolf Larsen. The desperate character of Van Weyden's voyage is defined by the fact that he is out of his element, in unimaginable peril, and the slave of this cynical and wild soul, Larsen. The rights of man vanish as the coast of California vanishes over the horizon. Almost immediately, the slave plots his freedom - and must confront the weakness in his soul, mind and body.
Generations have been spellbound by this harrowing story of danger on the sea, psychological confrontation, and the dual nature of humankind.
©2005 Jack London (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tina on 12-27-09

Intense reading

This book was quite intense. It kept me going back to my iPod. I thought the narration was excellent and the story quite amazing. I wasn't sure at times if the book could end on a good note. I was glad I pushed through the more graphic times. I wouldn't give this book to a child to read alone. I think this book needs some adult discussion along the way, not only to understand the human mind, but to relish the fact that we all make choices. Good for family reading with older children (tweens to teens, but not younger).

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By PAUL DEBARY on 07-12-12

Stirring the Soul

What made the experience of listening to The Sea Wolf the most enjoyable?

Hill makes each of the characters come alive in a unique way

What did you like best about this story?

London's conception of a soul struggling with soulessness

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Wouldn't be easy to listen to in one sitting, but hard to put down

Any additional comments?

One of the most deftly crafted tales of all time.

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