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Hatchet | [Gary Paulsen]

Hatchet

Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.
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Publisher's Summary

Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live.

On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths. Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.

©1992 Gary Paulsen; (P)1992 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A dramatic, heart-stopping story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    04-23-04
    04-23-04 Member Since 2004
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    "the whole family loved it!!!"

    This started out being a entertainment for a road trip and turned into a highlight of our weekend away. My mind kept going back to the movie "Castaway" with Tom Hanks. The way such a young boy finds strength in himself, against all odds, is absolutely inspiring.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Winston Salem, NC, United States 04-11-06
    Katherine Winston Salem, NC, United States 04-11-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Survival Story for Grades 5 or 6 through 8."

    This is a story about a young boy, aged about 12, whose parents are divorcing. He is on his way to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when a disaster occurs. The pilot has a heart attack and dies, mid-flight, and the boy must figure out how to get the plane to land and then survive in the Canadian wilderness until help arrives. My son read it in 6th grade and loved it, and he really hated to read. It does have some mature themes -- divorce, infidelity, and death -- so is not suitable for K-4 or K-5 children. It is, however, an enthralling story that pre-teens and young adolescents enjoy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Gregory-Fiala Swisher, Iowa, United States 12-04-03
    K. Gregory-Fiala Swisher, Iowa, United States 12-04-03 Member Since 2002

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    "Excellent book for young teenagers"

    Gary Paulsen wrote an excellent book on self-reliance, strong character and good common sense,and he wrapped it all up in an exciting survival story. Brian is an incredible character. Every kid should read this book in Middle School. I recommend the audio book for car trips. It keeps everyone engaged and makes the drive time much more enjoyable!! Look for the 2 sequels as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Mission Viejo, Ca, United States 12-14-07
    Tara Mission Viejo, Ca, United States 12-14-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Gripping! Life inspiring story."

    I listened to this story after my 4th grade daughter reccomended it to me! They read it in class and I listened while doing my usual stuff. It was so amazing, gripping, sad, exciting and truly visual that I would have to stop what I was doing just to stare at my laptop! Peter Coyote is a brilliant narrator/actor and I want to hear more of his narrations now. Thank you to author Paulson for a great story. Can't wait to hear THE RIVER.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Saint SimeuxFrance 03-03-06
    Harriet Saint SimeuxFrance 03-03-06
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    "Well worth it"

    Yes, this is another survival story - but this one is very well written indeed. I downloaded it for the children, but it was a pleasure for the whole family to listen to during a very long drive across France.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan East Boothbay, ME, USA 04-06-04
    Susan East Boothbay, ME, USA 04-06-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Too real to be fiction"

    I could listen to Peter Coyote read anything. The story itself is a wonderful tale of adventure in the very harsh world of the wilds, yet there is a beauty in this boy's struggle to survive. The scenes of desperateness will make you breath shallow and strain to hear. It is a great story, too good to be fiction. Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TruBluDevil 12-15-04
    TruBluDevil 12-15-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Listen!"

    I don't know where to start in singing the praises of "Hatchet"! It has all the key ingredients necessary in a good audiobook, including a narrator who reads with emotion and clarity, and a thoroughly gripping plot. I nearly missed my bus one morning, I was so engrossed in the story! For anyone who loved/s "My Side of the Mountain," this is even better.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Ooltewah, TN, United States 10-08-12
    Misty Ooltewah, TN, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the Best Family Listens"
    What made the experience of listening to Hatchet the most enjoyable?

    I chose this book based on the reviews primarily for my 12-year-old son, but our entire family loved it. My son in particular loved it so much he e-mailed one of his former teachers to tell her he wished he had listened to her recommendation and read the book years ago when she first suggested it to him. The story is so fast-paced and action-packed from the beginning, that it leaves you breathless from the first paragraph. We listened to the majority of the book in the car, and had several "driveway moments," where we sat transfixed at our destination, desparate for just a few more minutes of listening so we could find out what happened next. This is a great book for the entire family to enjoy together.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shelliemmc Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 07-09-12
    shelliemmc Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 07-09-12
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    "Interesting"
    What did you love best about Hatchet?

    I liked that it was based on a true story. I though it was interesting how he survives on instinct. Amazing that his mom gave him the hatchet for a gift just before flying.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Once I go through the weird music and the repetition in the first chapter it turned out to be a good little story. Even my daughter enjoyed. it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was some suspense and I felt it was very much from the point of view of a teenage boy which made it a bit annoying at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I liked this book but it was kind of short for a full price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aiden Hovde 04-04-12
    Aiden Hovde 04-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspiring..."

    This story is aimed at young folk, but as a 50-something I got a lot out of it and enjoyed it so much I am listening to the rest of the series. My one criticism is that there is way too much dramatic music, and for me it was way too loud. That's why I gave the audiobook three stars overall, even though I rated the story and performance four stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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