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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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    Kristi Villani 04-23-04 Member Since 2012
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    K. Gregory-Fiala 12-04-03

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 04-11-06
    Katherine 04-11-06
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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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    Susan East Boothbay, ME, USA 04-06-04
    Susan East Boothbay, ME, USA 04-06-04 Member Since 2009
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 12-14-07
    Tara 12-14-07 Member Since 2014
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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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    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Piedmont, CA, United States 08-20-14
    Wendy Piedmont, CA, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Whole family was in on it"
    Where does Hatchet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For the first time, we found an audible story that riveted my husband, son, myself and even (at times) my 5 year old daughter. As family listening goes, this was the best book we've listened to on a long car trip, and Brian's story was discussed on hikes, at meals and long after the exciting conclusion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gradual development of Brian's grit and character through problem-solving, persistence and patience. The gentle repetition of words and ideas in the text works well in an audible format, both dramatically and because you don't miss any crucial points in the story. The words are repeated several times, but with building intensity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    After the storm, when Brian realizes nature's indifference to his survival, and realizes he can survive it with what he continues to learn in the wilderness.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13
    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.

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    "10 y.o. boy completely absorbed"
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    10 y.o. boy, ADD and dyslexic: He LOVED it, and the whole family listened to it while driving. Great tie-in with Cub scouts and camping he even elected to write a school assignment comparing it to another survival story.
    Alex recommends to his friends.

    Mom comments: Very well read by Peter Coyote, definitely a voice we could listen to for hours. The story includes some slight age-inappropriate issues about the main characters parents (marriage breaking up) that went right over my 10 yo's head (whew). Elicited great conversations about HOW to make fire withr flint and steel, archery., and self-reliance.
    Mom recommends for kids and family time

    1 of 1 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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