Kazan


Read by Leonard Wilson

(4.8 stars; 91 reviews)

Kazan (sometimes published with the subtitle The Wolf Dog) is a once very popular novel by environmentalist and author James Oliver Curwood. After a trip to the Yukon area of Canada and Alaska, Curwood wrote a series of wilderness adventure novels that were best-sellers in the 1910’s and 1920’s and remained popular through mid century. Jack London had begun the vogue for northland dog stories with his Call of the Wild and White Fang, and there were many imitators, but none had a greater impact than Curwood. The income from the sales of his books permitted him to spend several months of each year in the remote northwestern area that he loved, while he poured out more than 30 novels.

Probably the most widely read of his novels during his lifetime was this engrossing tale of a magnificent animal that is part husky and part wolf. There is a struggle between the two breeds in Kazan’s makeup; he is torn between love for a particular man and woman and the desire to run free with the wolves, especially the one that he has chosen for his mate. In both of these contrasting parts of his life, he meets tremendous challenges that require all his instinct, strength, and spirit to overcome.(Introduction by Leonard Wilson) (7 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 - The Miracle 11:17 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 2 - Into the North 12:39 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 3 - McCready Pays the Debt 17:44 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 4 - Free from Bonds 28:46 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 5 - The Fight in the Snow 15:09 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 6 - Joan 27:57 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 7 - Out of the Blizzard 16:54 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 8 - The Great Change 13:10 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 9 - The Tragedy on Sun Rock 17:45 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 10 - The Days of Fire 18:10 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 11 - Always Two by Two 23:26 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 12 - The Red Death 20:51 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 13 - The Trail of Hunger 16:09 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 14 - The Right of Fang 8:46 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 15 - A Fight Under the Stars 10:49 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 16 - The Call 20:37 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 17 - His Son 14:56 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 18 - The Education of Ba-ree 17:44 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 19 - The Usurpers 13:42 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 20 - A Feud in the Wilderness 27:27 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 21 - A Shot on the Sand-Bar 15:45 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 22 - Sandy's Method 16:25 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 23 - Professor McGill 9:35 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 24 - Alone in Darkness 11:04 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 25 - The Last of McTrigger 15:08 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 26 - An Empty World 7:42 Read by Leonard Wilson
Chapter 27 - The Call of Sun Rock 9:13 Read by Leonard Wilson

Reviews

A wolf/dog's life, personal and exciting

(3.5 stars)

This starts out as a story involving a dog, but soon becomes a dog's story. Actually, Kazan is a dog/wolf hybrid and is a sled dog by vocation. After suffering abuses from various masters, he strikes out on his own and begins to live as the wolf within him would wish. There is no hokey narration by the dog or other clever contrivance, it is simply an intimate story of a wolf/dog learning to survive and thrive without humans. He hones his hunting skills, navigates relationships with other wolves, finds a mate, has pups, half-burns, half-drowns, fights and hunts and fights and hunts and fights... And every now and then feels the seduction of a dog's easy life. Memories of being petted, lying by the warm fire, being sure of his next meal, and not least the strong, loving bond that can exist between dogs and their humans all serve to tempt him away from his mate and his wolf's life. Then again, memories of being beaten and mistreated only make his determination to live independently from humans the more firm. <P>The scenes involving interactions between the wolf couple and other animals are exciting and immediate, with a ring of well-researched truth about them. Otters, beavers, bears and others all have their own agendas, clearly described by the author. When these clash, it can be funny or it can be tragic. Each animal has its own history, its own personality that has been shaped by its past, memories, fears and desires. We are shown not, for instance, an altercation between a wolf and an otter, but a struggle between this particular anxious, vengeful, aggressive wolf and that exact blithe, self-satisfied, destructive, chaotically mischievous otter. <P>There are painstaking details to render scenes more layered and convincing. But that comes with what might be considered a down side. Which leads me to: ! CONTENT WARNING: LOTS OF BLOOD AND VIOLENCE AND ANIMAL ABUSE ! We are presented with dog owners- particularly dog-sledders- who habitually beat their dogs, who do so not for a single blow or two but for a extended period of time, and who do so with little or no provocation. Their behavior doesn't seem abhorrent to those around them, which I found almost as upsetting as the beatings. Our wolf friends must, of course, hunt for their food and also fight other animals if their food, nest or litter of pups are threatened. From these scenes we are not spared the grotesque details of every spurt of blood, every snapped bone, and every bit of torn and tattered flesh. Sometimes I had to take a break for a few days to get the violence out of my mind. <P>I have one serious complaint of the author, and it seems to me to work against every technique he used to ensure the realism of his work. He tells us what our dog hybrid hero sees, what he senses, what he hears- but he scarcely mentions the sense of smell! Dogs' strongest sense is their sense of smell. They can smell tiny traces of a scent from amazing distances! Smell is a huge part of how they interact with the world. When I come home, my dog immediately smells my legs to find out where I've been, what I've been doing, and what other dogs I happened to meet. It just seems crazy that our dog/wolf views his newborn pups as foreign- of course they would smell familiarly of his mate! And he wouldn't rely on his eyes to recognize people- he would capture their scent before ever he could see their faces. This surprising flaw brings me up short too often for me to suspend my disbelief entirely. <P>Still, this is a suspenseful tale written in a style of pragmatic realism. The animal characters are never romanticized or idealized, but are complex and compelling, as animals can be (more so than the humans in this story, in fact) and there is plenty of edge-of-your-seat action.

Good Book

(5 stars)

Very emotional. If you don't like books that have animals/humans killed then you shouldn't read this book. Other than that it is very good. Very exciting too.

great book!

(5 stars)

Listening to this book was an emotional roller-coaster. It was written so well and the reader did a great job bringing the book to life.

love this story very easy

(5 stars)

fabulous reader as always. A story that the whole family and everyone would like to hear.

Action!!!!!! (Please Read)

(5 stars)

This book has action, creates a picture in your mind, it has adventures,and it builds up your imagination!!!

SUPERIOR DOG STORY

(5 stars)

Curwood infused his animal hero with believeable action, no easy task. The narrator was perfect for the tale.

Great!

(5 stars)

The reader did an amazing, amazing job! He brought the book to life!! Great story great reader

Great book. well read

(4.5 stars)

Very enjoyable book. Will look for others read by same reader.