Martin Eden

Read by Greg W.

(4.6 stars; 120 reviews)

Martin Eden (1909) is a novel by American author Jack London, about a struggling young writer. It was first serialized in the Pacific Monthly magazine from September 1908 to September 1909, and subsequently published in book form by The Macmillan Company in September 1909.
This book is a favorite among writers, who relate to Martin Eden's speculation that when he mailed off a manuscript, 'there was no human editor at the other end, but a mere cunning arrangement of cogs that changed the manuscript from one envelope to another and stuck on the stamps,' returning it automatically with a rejection slip.
While some readers believe there is some resemblance between them, an important difference between Jack London and Martin Eden is that Martin Eden rejects socialism (attacking it as 'slave morality'), and relies on a Nietzschean individualism. In a note to Upton Sinclair, Jack London wrote, "One of my motifs, in this book, was an attack on individualism (in the person of the hero). I must have bungled, for not a single reviewer has discovered it." (Introduction by Wikipedia) (14 hr 48 min)


01 - Chapter I 27:50 Read by Greg W.
02 - Chapter II 26:14 Read by Greg W.
03 - Chapter III 17:33 Read by Greg W.
04 - Chapter IV 12:21 Read by Greg W.
05- Chapter V 13:44 Read by Greg W.
06 - Chapter VI 18:35 Read by Greg W.
07 - Chapter VII 25:22 Read by Greg W.
08 - Chapter VIII 20:01 Read by Greg W.
09 - Chapter IX 21:18 Read by Greg W.
10 - Chapter X 14:18 Read by Greg W.
11 - Chapter XI 17:27 Read by Greg W.
12 - Chapter XII 11:46 Read by Greg W.
13 - Chapter XIII 24:21 Read by Greg W.
14 - Chapter XIV 29:15 Read by Greg W.
15 - Chapter XV 20:17 Read by Greg W.
16 - Chapter XVI 18:03 Read by Greg W.
17 - Chapter XVII 16:12 Read by Greg W.
18 - Chapter XVIII 9:55 Read by Greg W.
19 - Chapter XIX 16:50 Read by Greg W.
20 - Chapter XX 17:47 Read by Greg W.
21 - Chapter XXI 14:35 Read by Greg W.
22 - Chapter XXII 15:45 Read by Greg W.
23 - Chapter XXIII 14:01 Read by Greg W.
24 - Chapter XXIV 20:49 Read by Greg W.
25 - Chapter XXV 23:48 Read by Greg W.
26 - Chapter XXVI 26:23 Read by Greg W.
27 - Chapter XXVII 32:53 Read by Greg W.
28 - Chapter XXVIII 15:04 Read by Greg W.
29 - Chapter XXIX 26:54 Read by Greg W.
30 - Chapter XXX 20:08 Read by Greg W.
31- Chapter XXXI 21:25 Read by Greg W.
32 - Chapter XXXII 12:55 Read by Greg W.
33 - Chapter XXXIII 14:27 Read by Greg W.
34 - Chapter XXXIV 14:37 Read by Greg W.
35 - Chapter XXXV 11:20 Read by Greg W.
36 - Chapter XXXVI 18:37 Read by Greg W.
37 - Chapter XXXVII 21:53 Read by Greg W.
38 - Chapter XXXVIII 11:10 Read by Greg W.
39 - Chapter XXXIX 17:10 Read by Greg W.
40 - Chapter XL 15:42 Read by Greg W.
41 - Chapter XLI 16:04 Read by Greg W.
42 - Chapter XLII 22:59 Read by Greg W.
43 - Chapter XLIII 22:56 Read by Greg W.
44 - Chapter XLIV 18:34 Read by Greg W.
45 - Chapter XLV 31:50 Read by Greg W.
46 - Chapter XLVI 27:05 Read by Greg W.



(5 stars)

Greg W is an excellent reader - and likes to remain low profile, I guess, hence the "W", and he doesn't even say his name between chapters as do other Libravox readers - but he's very professional. Excellent.

Great author and great book and great reader!

(5 stars)

One of the best and most professional Libravox readings of them all. Most highly recommend.

Martin Eden

(5 stars)

If this is Jack London's finest novel, some of its power derives from autobiography. Like his protagonist, London was born into the working class, had been a seaman and a laundry worker, and eventually became an incredibly prolific writer. All this equipped him to describe the cultural chasm between the social classes with great precision and feeling. Certain individuals in the entertainment industry would do well to read London's account of the effect of fame. These are timeless insights. Thank you, Greg, for helping many to re/discover this great American novel. TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)

what a book!

(5 stars)

Inspirational! Full of heat and vigor. A book that makes a man want to take up a pen and write, to roll up his sleeves a live! Also a book that leaves one pondering his place in the world and his relations to other men.

Excellent Recording

(5 stars)

Listening again to Greg W's excellent reading of Jack London's Martin Eden. Just wished to say thank you for this excellent recording.

Excellent Book terrible ending!!

(2.5 stars)

Great job by the readers I really enjoyed listening but i disliked the ending on the authors side :(

(5 stars)

Loved this - a great novel masterfully narrated. 5 stars across the board for book, reader and sound quality.

(0.5 stars)

This is a book about someone collecting suicide