I read this boy as a young boy in elementary school. When I got my audible it was the first book a listened to. This book hits close to home with my passion for the outdoors. Gary Paulsen is a great author.
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.
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.
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.
This is a fantastic book but the audio version wasn't one of my favorites - I didn't like the occasional use of music, which telegraphed emotions I though the writing was capable of evoking without it. The narrator did a fine job, though, and the story is truly great.
This is a story for all ages and definitely a must for anyone who enjoys nature and survival. It is good for the kids and the grandkids, and great for me too! This aduible version is wonderful with Peter Coyote's narration!
My kids like to follow along in print with the audiobooks, and I love to pass along recordings to my kids teachers for them to use in the classroom, but there are no chapter markings.
I find the repetitivness of the descriptions to be somewhat distracting, but we have really enjoyed the story.