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Kazan

Gelesen von Leonard Wilson

(4,795 Sterne; 95 Bewertungen)

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

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Chapter 2 - Into the North

12:39

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Chapter 3 - McCready Pays the Debt

17:44

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Chapter 4 - Free from Bonds

28:46

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Chapter 5 - The Fight in the Snow

15:09

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Chapter 6 - Joan

27:57

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Chapter 7 - Out of the Blizzard

16:54

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Chapter 8 - The Great Change

13:10

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Chapter 9 - The Tragedy on Sun Rock

17:45

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Chapter 10 - The Days of Fire

18:10

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Chapter 11 - Always Two by Two

23:26

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Chapter 12 - The Red Death

20:51

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Chapter 13 - The Trail of Hunger

16:09

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Chapter 14 - The Right of Fang

8:46

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Chapter 15 - A Fight Under the Stars

10:49

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Chapter 16 - The Call

20:37

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Chapter 17 - His Son

14:56

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Chapter 18 - The Education of Ba-ree

17:44

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Chapter 19 - The Usurpers

13:42

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Chapter 20 - A Feud in the Wilderness

27:27

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Chapter 21 - A Shot on the Sand-Bar

15:45

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Chapter 22 - Sandy's Method

16:25

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Chapter 23 - Professor McGill

9:35

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Chapter 24 - Alone in Darkness

11:04

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Chapter 25 - The Last of McTrigger

15:08

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Chapter 26 - An Empty World

7:42

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Chapter 27 - The Call of Sun Rock

9:13

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Bewertungen

A wolf/dog's life, personal and exciting

(3,5 Sterne)

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.

(5 Sterne)

It takes a special talent to write a book from the perspective of an animal in the roll of main character. Very good story. Hard to take the abuse of dogs or people. Well read. Thanks to all.

Good Book

(5 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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

Action!!!!!! (Please Read)

(5 Sterne)

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

SUPERIOR DOG STORY

(5 Sterne)

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

Great!

(5 Sterne)

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