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Brian's Winter Audiobook
Brian's Winter
Written by: 
Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: 
Richard Thomas
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Brian's Winter Audiobook

Brian's Winter

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Publisher's Summary

In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy - winter?

Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy confronts the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure.

©1996 Gary Paulsen; (P)1996 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Paulsen at his best." (Booklist)
"Breathtaking....mesmerizing. (School Library Journal)
"Paulsen crafts a companion/sequel to Hatchet containing many of its same pleasures....Read together, the two books make his finest tale of survival yet." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Susan Ventura, CA, USA 07-20-09
    Susan Ventura, CA, USA 07-20-09
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    "Wonderful survival tale!"

    As I listened to "Hatchet" I thought that Brian just barely survived then I listened to "Brian's Winter," and I couldn't believe all the great lessons in dealing with nature in winter as well as life's problems and our own attitudes. This series gives many life lessons that I'll keep with me always. I loved the story and the narration and heartedly recommend this wonderful audio book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Armstrong Abbott, TX, United States 09-02-11
    Armstrong Abbott, TX, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2011

    Avid audio book listener, harsh critic too.

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    "Awesome book, decent reader"

    Hatchet was so awesome that I had to hear this sequel. At first I thought it was weird that it was an alternate ending to Hatchet, but in the end I enjoyed it even more. The high detail of how Brian learned to survive was realistic and fun. You get a sense of how much the character had changed since the beginning of hatchet, so it's kind of a coming of age book. Anyone that dreams of living off the land will enjoy this. The reader was pretty good too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce Odell 07-27-16
    Bryce Odell 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this series"

    Love the survival isolation topic of the books. The story is told in such a great way. And the narrator, Mr. Coyote, brings it alive. I think he sounds a little bit like Bill Murry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 03-20-16
    Luke 03-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it!"

    good it was like someone was telling me about something that happened to him. Love

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    Harmun Singh 01-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "short and sweet!"

    I loved how quick and easy it is to marathon through this series. it's one of my favorite children's series, and I am just about to start on the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tradskin77 01-10-16
    Tradskin77 01-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh, the music!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have loved Gary Paulsen books since I was growing up and am enjoying alternately reading and listening to them with my own children now. We enjoyed "Brian's Winter", but the music embedded in the story was horrible and distracting. I'm sure that it was supposed to enhance the listening experience, but instead the music makes it hard to hear the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kreebler 11-04-15
    Kreebler 11-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great idea!"

    I love it that Paulsen was willing to break the rules and change history so that we could finally learn if Brian would have been able to survive his first winter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-15-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-15-15 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Winter is Coming."

    Brian survives winter, but it is a close call. I like how Brian's thoughts are processed in the story and that we get to see each step that leads up to them. Gary Paulsen really shows us how Brian comes up with his ideas for survival. I laughed at the Bear and the Skunk, I was on the edge of my seat for the Moose it was a great book. This is a clean survival story for all ages one that I will be reading again. Narrator is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 09-02-15
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 09-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "one like the other"

    I enjoyed Hatchet but I find that each book in the series is just the same old same old. it isn't that the story is terrible just not different enough from the other books to keep my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa Arlington, TN, United States 12-20-11
    Melisa Arlington, TN, United States 12-20-11
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    "Great Story for Pre- & 'tweeenagers"
    What did you love best about Brian's Winter?

    My 9-year old daughter and I have been reading all three of the Brian stories. We started with The Hatchet, then Brian's Winter, and just finished The River. Taken together, the books make a complete story. Reading just The Hatchet, left us wanting the rest of the story.

    The books had a good story line, lots of details, and no questionable language. There was enough yucky, gross stuff to please a kid without too much gore. The pilot's death was handled with sensitivity.

    The animal encounters were at times funny and at times scary. A good mix for kids. The descriptions of Brian making and using tools was done with accuracy.

    Overall, these books were great fun to listen to and discuss with a child. Both Richard Thomas and Peter Coyote did a nice job with the narrative. I thought that the music added some extra pizzaz to the story. Though at times, the score seemed to drown out some of the narrative.

    Overall, this book and the other 2 books were well worth the time and money.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brian's Winter?

    The encounter between the bear, skunk, and Brian.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Thomas – was your favorite?

    Duh, Brian.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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