The Cruise of the Dazzler


Read by Robert Keiper

(4.5 stars; 41 reviews)

Young Joe Bronson, caught between poor grades and his father's threats of military school, runs away from home. He joins the crew of a sloop named the Dazzler, but quickly figures out his captain, Pete Le Maire (nicknamed "French Pete") frequently engages himself and those at his command in criminal activity. Will Joe be able to escape this unwanted and dangerous new life at sea?
Published in 1902, Jack London sold this book (his first full-length novel) as a boy's adventure novel set in San Francisco, his hometown. In his autobiography, London recalls lifting several more elements in this novel from his adolescence, as in youth he bought a sloop called the Razzle Dazzle from a oyster pirate nicknamed "French Frank." - Summary by Mary Kay (3 hr 38 min)

Chapters

Foreword 2:45 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter I: Brother and Sister 9:20 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter II: "The Draconian Reforms" 9:56 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter III: "Brick," "Sorrel-top" and "Reddy" 17:37 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter IV: The Biter Bitten 8:30 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter V: Home Again 7:45 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter VI: Examination Day 13:12 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter VII: Father and Son 9:13 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter VIII: 'Frisco Kid and the New Boy 8:30 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter IX: Aboard the Dazzler 10:12 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter X: With the Bay Pirates 10:52 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XI: Captain and Crew 6:59 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XII: Joe Tries to Take French Leave 10:10 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XIII: Befriending Each Other 9:10 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XIV: Among the Oyster-Beds 12:01 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XV: Good Sailors in Wild Anchorage 11:00 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XVI: 'Frisco Kid's Ditty-Box 8:53 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XVII: 'Frisco Kid Tells His Story 10:46 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XVIII: A New Responsibility for Joe 11:16 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XIX: The Boys Plan an Escape 8:43 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XX: Perilous Hours 10:03 Read by Robert Keiper
Chapter XXI: Joe and His Father 12:02 Read by Robert Keiper

Reviews

Excellent adventure, Amazing Characterizations

(5 stars)

I really enjoy London's writing style... both non fiction and fiction. This was my first time with this reader- Robert has a great tone and talent for voices and accents.

good read

(4 stars)

good way to pass some time. I always enjoy Jack London. Call of the Wild and White Fang are my favorites comma but this one is a good book

(4 stars)

Love the way Robert Kieper reads his stories. This is my second one I have listened to. He keeps me very interested

great narrator great short story

(5 stars)

just getting into jack london books and the shorts are great for me.

The Cruise of the Dazzler

(5 stars)

Well Read, Fun listen and recommended... Thanks!

(4 stars)

The story was OK. The reader was really good. Thank you.