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The River Audiobook

The River

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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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 gives 2 thumbs up"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    What other book might you compare The River to and why?

    Hatchet, the prequel. Also excellent


    What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful voice - expressive, made it easy to follow


    Any additional comments?

    10 y.o. boy: Good stuff, camping and survival and danger and no girls.

    Mom: fun listen for the whole family

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harmun Singh 01-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "short and sweet!"

    it's a little weird to marathon through my favorite children's series in a matter of a few days but I loved it!

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    Sher from Provo Utah 01-18-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 01-18-16 Member Since 2015

    tired teacher

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    "Second book in the Brian Robeson saga"

    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.

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    Maura Frenette 11-01-15
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    "Best Book"

    This was the best book I have ever read if you like adventure you would like this book he actually teaches a few things about survival in the book which is good to know.

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    M. Fernandez Corona, CA 09-24-15
    M. Fernandez Corona, CA 09-24-15

    Father of two boys

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    "Very good!"

    I liked that book because it had tenseness.i just loved, love the way it's classic.

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    Justin Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-12-15
    Justin Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good narration ruined by terrible music."

    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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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-28-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Good for all ages. Awesome story."

    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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    Wayne & Donna Hall Parsons, TN 38363 03-05-15
    Wayne & Donna Hall Parsons, TN 38363 03-05-15
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    "love it!"

    I have read all the books from the hatchet serious a d I love the fact I can now listen to them to go to sleep to or just riding down the road!!!!! thank u

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    Kim 11-20-14
    Kim 11-20-14
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    "The rest of the series!"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading fragments of the series as a student in school. I returned to this series for my first "listens" to listen to the entire series in order. its a great series.

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    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 09-26-13
    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Gary Paulsen"
    Would you listen to The River again? Why?

    Maybe years from now. Gary keeps you interested. Love how he puts a series together.


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