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Publisher's Summary

Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live.

On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths. Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.

©1992 Gary Paulsen; (P)1992 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A dramatic, heart-stopping story." (Publishers Weekly)

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great book from my childhood

great the second time through. fantastic reader and background music combined perfectly with the story

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i like outdoors stuff and I loved this

i like outdoors stuff and I loved this; I'd want to try what brain did one day

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Loved this book!!

This is my second time hearing this book and I absolutely love it!! The reader does a great job!!! Terrific book all the way around!!

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Great story, decent narrator

the story was great, but the narrator wasn't the best narrator around. there could have been more inflection and emotion. at times the music seems more dramatic than the scene, but not too noticeable. overall, solid 4 stars.

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This title came highly recommend.

Well the good news is I made it to the end. the first 12 chapters we painful. I almost shut it off a few times. do not use this one to keep you awake on a long drive.

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Truly humbling.

I could not put it down. An incredible story and fantastic performance. I am excited to continue the adventure with The River.

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All around great!

A great book with a great story. Also with a great performance by the reader

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Awesome!!

I remember reading this book long ago!! Soooo good to hear it read out loud!!

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Great book for all ages.

I enjoyed this book very much. I would recommend it for teenage and adult readers alike.