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Here are the real events that inspired Gary Paulsen to write Brian Robeson’s story in Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, and Brian's Hunt: a stint as a volunteer emergency worker; the death that became the pilot’s death in Hatchet; plane crashes he’s seen; and his own near misses. He takes listeners on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, and how he met the moose who made it personal.

©2002 Gary Paulsen (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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My favorite parts were hearing about the plane crashes and the eating of gross food.

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Guts is Gary Paulsen’s memoir of true experiences that inspired his Hatchet Adventure series. I listened to the audiobook after reading the entire series. It was very interesting to learn that most of the material for the series came from Paulsen’s own childhood experiences. It was definitely geared for those interested in either the Hatchet series or survival skills. I enjoyed most of it, although I have to admit that the actual title chapter, Guts, was a little more than I could take. It truly was about guts… lots of guts described in great detail. The other chapters were interesting and valuable. It was a great break from technology and presented a world that today’s young adults rarely experience. Definitely a good survival read!

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I've always wondered if hatchet had any backstory.

Much detail about the author and how his life created the idea for Hatchet. Fantastic!

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Paulsen inspired me to do the same

As an outdoors adventure author many of the situations in my books reflect things in real life much like in Paulsen's. This book is a DVD extras type of story. I really enjoyed learning about his adventures and how they formed Brian's.

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Great book

It's so good the way he puts it together I had to read this for summer reading

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Book for boys

Gary paulsen books are a must read for boys makes you want to be in the wilderness doing adventurous things

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Not his best

It was kind of interesting to hear some of the things Paulsen has been through in his life, things that helped him to write some of his best novels. This one, a memoir of sorts, was not his best writing, but I still enjoyed it.

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