For the first time, we found an audible story that riveted my husband, son, myself and even (at times) my 5 year old daughter. As family listening goes, this was the best book we've listened to on a long car trip, and Brian's story was discussed on hikes, at meals and long after the exciting conclusion.
The gradual development of Brian's grit and character through problem-solving, persistence and patience. The gentle repetition of words and ideas in the text works well in an audible format, both dramatically and because you don't miss any crucial points in the story. The words are repeated several times, but with building intensity.
After the storm, when Brian realizes nature's indifference to his survival, and realizes he can survive it with what he continues to learn in the wilderness.
Plane crash, drowning, dehydration, starvation, porcupine , skunk, Mosquitos, flies, bear, mouse, and then a tornado that is one tough 13 year old.
I have been reading Hatchet to my students for years (the truth is I have been attempting to read it to my students for years.) I have always had difficulty getting through it, it is not an easy read aloud. That being said, Mr. Coyote does an excellent job making the story work in audio.
The scene with the tornado is great. Through his reading of that scene, Mr. Coyote did a great job making me anxious as to what would happen to Brian.
I have not listened to another book read by Mr. Coyote. If I saw his name on another audio book it would definitely be something that would make it a more attractive choice.
Having read the book I was expecting a lot of the emotional twists of the story. That being said, I did have some emotions when it came to Brian's memories of his mother and father.
Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.
10 y.o. boy, ADD and dyslexic: He LOVED it, and the whole family listened to it while driving. Great tie-in with Cub scouts and camping he even elected to write a school assignment comparing it to another survival story.
Alex recommends to his friends.
Mom comments: Very well read by Peter Coyote, definitely a voice we could listen to for hours. The story includes some slight age-inappropriate issues about the main characters parents (marriage breaking up) that went right over my 10 yo's head (whew). Elicited great conversations about HOW to make fire withr flint and steel, archery., and self-reliance.
Mom recommends for kids and family time
Yes. It was captivating. The audio brought the book to life.
The emotions and depth of the boy's survival
Yes. My daughter did complete the story in one day!
Definitely. Love the adventure and the survival skills of such a young boy!!
Downriver by Will Hobbs
Keeps you interested. Easy to stay focused. Not monotone.
No. Took about 3 sittings.
There is a reason this is a classic, and that's because its a great story for all ages, that never gets old. It will, and has stood the test of time. I read this book in grade school and then downloaded it as an adult and listened to it again and again. Great story, about one young mans will to survive. AMAZING BOOK!!!!!
I was looking for an adventure book that my 14 year old son, 11 year old and 9 year old daughters would like. This book fit the bill perfectly! We drive a lot and love to listen to books together. This one kept us on the edge of our seats, wondering what would happen next. Mr. Paulsen is a fantastic writer and we look forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series.
This book is so much better than the movie. The details of how badly he failed at the beginning and how much he learned gave me a feeling of a true survival story. Anyone that dreams of living off the land will enjoy this book. It was so good I had to listen to all the sequels. Awesome reader too.