"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
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.
Classic Gary Paulsen
A pace and presence that the kids found compelling. Kept their attention well.
I did a post-story survey in the car, and each kid had a different moment they liked best.
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!)
Yes for a reader who has a hard time.
Obviously Brian because although this book had a second character he was the hero.
The storm and the lightening strike.
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.
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.
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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