"We want you to do it again."
These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived.
Now the government wants him to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. Soon the project backfires, though, leaving Brian with a wounded partner and a long river to navigate. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport the injured man a hundred miles downstream to a trading post - if the map he has is accurate.
©2001 Gary Paulsen (P)2012 Listening Library
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.
10 y.o.: Yes, it was great. Read/listen to Hatchet first.
Mom: A great listen in the car for the whole family. A little harrowing with clear danger to the main characters
Hatchet, the prequel. Also excellent
Wonderful voice - expressive, made it easy to follow
10 y.o. boy: Good stuff, camping and survival and danger and no girls.
Mom: fun listen for the whole family
The story took some time to take off but we trusted Paulsen, who was laying the ground work for how a return to the conditions that Brian once narrowly escaped would "make sense." I love the crucial element that this time Brian is taking care of someone and it makes for a strong compassionate center at the heart of the story. I read this w/my 10 year old son and I'm very glad he had the chance to see life (albeit in an extreme situation) outside of his comfort zone. Peter Coyote is a fantastic reader.
Like most of Paulsen's book, this is directed at young boys, although I must admit I like them too. This is the second story of Brian Robeson from Hatchet, my favorite Paulsen book. Brian has turned into quite the rugged survivalist.
Coyote is a good narrator. I enjoyed him very much.
Horrible, dated-sounding music continually intruded uppon the world created by the decent voice acting. This is a great example for producers as how not to use music.
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It's amazing how much intensity is crammed into the two and a half hours of this audio. Defiantly worth listening to, but Hatchet should be read first. I recommend this not only for kids but adults too. I had the first book Hatchet as one of my book club book for the month and it was a hit. Everybody liked it including my 11 year old son. Narration is good but the music at the beginning was a bit distracting, it went on for over 10 mins and then in between each chapter.
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