This started out being a entertainment for a road trip and turned into a highlight of our weekend away. My mind kept going back to the movie "Castaway..Show More »" with Tom Hanks. The way such a young boy finds strength in himself, against all odds, is absolutely inspiring.
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 ..Show More »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.
As I listened to "Hatchet" I thought that Brian just barely survived then I listened to "Brian's Winter," and I couldn't believe a..Show More »ll the great lessons in dealing with nature in winter as well as life's problems and our own attitudes. This series gives many life lessons that I'll keep with me always. I loved the story and the narration and heartedly recommend this wonderful audio book.