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
"A dramatic, heart-stopping story." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
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.
Overall I liked this book but it was kind of short for a full price.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian has to change or die. There is no room to feel sorry for himself. He has to change to survive.
The description of living in and with nature.
When he caught his first fool-bird.
The story has touched us. We are listening to the sequels of the story.
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.
The Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Week in the Woods & My side of the Mountain. Children surviving alone in the wilderness.
I read it first and fell in love with it. Peter Coyote's narration gave a different perspective to the story.
Alone, unprepared, lost and far from civilization. A young boy's story of survival and personal triumph, set in the wilds of Canada.
I hope I got the other titles correct, apologies, if not. I did not refer to my library.
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