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The River Audiobook

The River

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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

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    Sandra Bronx, NY 08-13-16
    Sandra Bronx, NY 08-13-16 Member Since 2015

    Love to listen while cooking or cleaning at home

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    "Not just for teen boys, but for ANYONE who values Life!"

    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.

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    Akesha 06-21-16
    Akesha 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The book was pretty good I guess...."

    The book was pretty good because it talks about how to survive in the wilderness. It felt a little short though.

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    Vera Petrij 05-30-16
    Vera Petrij 05-30-16
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    "Oberflächlich und vorhersagbar "

    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.

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    Aviana Hijar 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    great one for young boys and teens. very exciting and easy to follow. my son is going to love it

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    Ben and his mom 03-18-16 Member Since 2014

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    "The Saga Continues and So Does the Suspense"

    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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    outdoorsman 02-12-16
    outdoorsman 02-12-16
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    "outstanding narrator"

    great narrator, and the story was good, as well. I read this as a kid and loved it. I look forward to hearing other books by this author and Mr. Coyote.

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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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    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 Member Since 2016

    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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