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 disappointed with the piano background music. I could have done without it.
The actual story was fine.
I would do without the background music, and simply leave the narrator's voice. This would let his tone emphasize the words instead of having the terrible music.
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.
Yes, it will hold the attention of the reader.
When Brian realized the pilot was dead.
Don't have a favorite scene.
No, not a particular moment. I liked the way the book sort of grabbed me and I could feel the change in Brian.