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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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Excellent tale for young and old.

we loved it. From start to finish the author draws the reader in. So well written the reader can visualize the scene, character's, and events. it is a hard story to put down once you start!

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the hatchet

My son loved it. we will be reading the sequel. the person reading it was wonderful.

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An engaging, simple story

I think I'm slightly older than those this book is amed at (I'm 23). Yet I enjoyed this quite much. The book is very simply written, it jumps a little quickly fast forward in time, but it was very engaging at times.

I liked that music was included, it really added to the scenery, although sometimes it was a little too much and a little cheesy.

The ending was super fast, it really just turned into a summary, as well as kind of a little silly description of how wise he'd become. But I get that it's more relatable for preteens.

Those are my only complaints. It's a perfectly decent book with nice scenery and feeling, a quick read for all.

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  • 09-10-17

Nice short survival story

A kid has to learn to survive on his own at the edge of a northern lake. It's a decent short listen, with a good Peter Coyote narration.

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an excellent short true story of survival

each of my children have read this story as part of their classwork. We live where small planes are used frequently this is an excellent way to improve reading skills and talk about life / survival skills

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surprisingly good

A bit rough to begin, not my kind of story or subject, but as I kept going I ended up liking it. The author had a great way with words. I had to read it for a college class. Glad I did, surprisingly.

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Hatchet

THAT WAS AWESOME!!! I loved it!!!😁😁😝😎😎😎 My name is Grayson D Breinholt. Best book ever!!!

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nice

7 hr drive to florida. great story kids enjoyed it
and ready for the sequel the river

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Great

Honestly, im a freshman, so I had to read this book for school. We're taking a test on it. And I thought I would hate it.. but I finished in 2 days, I started it yesterday. And I just finished it!! It's a great book!! Highly recommend

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Nice

It was enjoyable, no complaints. Listened to it on the way to Oregon and helped make the drive more productive.