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The River | [Gary Paulsen]

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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    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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    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13
    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13

    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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    Thaddeus Guldbrandsen 02-04-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Kids loved it. Great for three hour road trip."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommended for kids age 8-14. Compelling story. I had a car load of boys who spend more time with video games than books, and they really enjoyed the story. Couldn't wait to get back in the car for more.


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

    Classic Gary Paulsen


    What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

    A pace and presence that the kids found compelling. Kept their attention well.


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

    I did a post-story survey in the car, and each kid had a different moment they liked best.


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    Natasha BONIFAY, FLORIDA, United States 01-10-13
    Natasha BONIFAY, FLORIDA, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfect Adventure for little boys!!"

    Ok, so my 12 year old daughter loves this as well....but girls usually love books....boys - not so much. My 8 year old and 10 year old boys have listened to 1 1/2 hours in one day and are mad that they can not finish it today. I have a surround sound with ILink, which lets me use an auxillary cord and listen to this over our speakers in the living room. The narator is perfect for this book, he reads this book the exact way I would imagine it should be read. My kids and I will be getting all the sequels to this book and many more by Gary Paulsen. Great read aloud to keep little boys interested. (there is also a study guide you can get to go with this book on Amazon, since we homeschool, we decided to use this as a part of our curriculum, it is a great help!)

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    Penelope T. Nichols Rochester, New York USA 04-30-12
    Penelope T. Nichols Rochester, New York USA 04-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Second Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The River to be better than the print version?

    Yes for a reader who has a hard time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Brian because although this book had a second character he was the hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The storm and the lightening strike.


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

    Brian's dogged determination to push himself beyond his physical capabilities to get the raft down the river and his absolute exhaustion upon finally landing at the Trading Post.


    Any additional comments?

    Brian's Winter is still the very best in this series but I did enjoy The River. The suspence of if the river would actually end up at the Trading Post and weather they would make it held your attention.

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    Aiden Hovde 04-04-12
    Aiden Hovde 04-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another inspiring story..."

    I really like receiving good information in story form; it sticks better. I've gotten a lot of good survival pointers from Hatchet and The River. The best one, of course, is never, ever, ever give up. Like Hatchet, there is way too much dramatic music in the audiobook.

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