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Hatchet Audiobook

Hatchet [Audiobook]

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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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    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 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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    April 04-25-12
    April 04-25-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    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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    aj Collegedale, TN, United States 09-15-10
    aj 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.

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    TruBluDevil 12-15-04
    TruBluDevil 12-15-04 Member Since 2006
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    valia 07-05-15
    valia 07-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"

    This is based on a true story.
    A fabulous story, it's a story about extreme courage. Please read this book!!

    2 of 3 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.

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    zdrake 08-23-16
    zdrake 08-23-16
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    "Absolutely love this Book!"

    Finished this audio book in two sittings. Narrator did an amazing job capturing the emotions of this story.

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