"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
Love to listen while cooking or cleaning at home
This sequel to The Hatchet is so well-crafted and just as suspenseful as the first book. Just like The River that Brian paddles down, this story also has many twists & turns that keeps you riveted & inside Brian's head. You truly get a sense of his angst, even if you haven't spent time in The Backcountry. If you have (as I have) you get a true sense of his desperation & struggle to acclimatize when returning home that few understand who haven't experienced the struggle. After many days in true wilderness, I remember how mesmerized I was by running tap water & lights that went on with the flip of a switch. This cognitive dissonance is what drives Brian to return and what moves the plot so beautifully.
My only gripe is that the overly dramatic music is completely unnecessary! The excellent reader is all that is needed.
This book is NOT just for teen boys, but ANYONE who appreciates The Wilderness & wants to understand what is truly important in life.
Die Geschichte bleibt an der Oberfläche, insgesamt ist sie vorhersagbar. Für Kinder ubd Jugendliche wahrscheinlich ein spannendes Buch, aber nicht wirklich geeignet für Erwachsene. Der Sprecher hat eine etwas monotone Stimme, und ich hatte oft Mühe, mich auf die Geschichte zu konzentrieren. Einschläfernd.
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.
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