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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)

What Members Say

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    shelliemmc 07-09-12
    shelliemmc 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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    04-25-12
    04-25-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Classic Survival book."

    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!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aiden Hovde 04-04-12
    Aiden Hovde 04-04-12 Listener Since 2010
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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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    Raquel Aceves-Mittman Ramona, CA USA 02-14-12
    Raquel Aceves-Mittman Ramona, CA USA 02-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding!"

    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.

    1 of 1 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
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    "Great book - had to listen to the sequels"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 09-15-10
    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "GOOD"

    I have had the sequel, The River, for several years. I hope you make it available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 06-28-15
    Wendy 06-28-15 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books during the school run with two daughters aged 12 and 15. We've been doing this for the past 4 years.

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    "Survival story."
    What did you love best about Hatchet?

    Brian has to change or die. There is no room to feel sorry for himself. He has to change to survive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of living in and with nature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he caught his first fool-bird.


    Any additional comments?

    The story has touched us. We are listening to the sequels of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Noblesville, Indiana 06-15-15
    Cory Noblesville, Indiana 06-15-15
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    "AMAZING!"

    Gary Paulsen put my dreams on paper in this series! I wish I could spend a day with him.

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    Steva 06-13-15
    Steva 06-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My 10 yo daughter listened w/me. Loved it!"
    Would you listen to Hatchet again? Why?

    Over & over. Hatchet is a classic for good reason. I read the kindle version and wanted my daughter to read it also. I have her listen to the audio to give her the flow and narrative.

    I am trying to educate her on some survival basics. We listened to "A Week in the Woods" & "My Side of the Mountain". She read those books, too. I am excited to listen to & read "The Island of the Blue Dolphins", next.

    Hoping we never need any of this info, but better to have it than not.


    What other book might you compare Hatchet to and why?

    The Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Week in the Woods & My side of the Mountain. Children surviving alone in the wilderness.


    What does Peter Coyote bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read it first and fell in love with it. Peter Coyote's narration gave a different perspective to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Alone, unprepared, lost and far from civilization. A young boy's story of survival and personal triumph, set in the wilds of Canada.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope I got the other titles correct, apologies, if not. I did not refer to my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren 05-18-15
    Loren 05-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing"

    This book was amazing it was just so amazing like when Brian got rescued it was just so amazing








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