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Publisher's Summary

"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

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10 y.o. boy gives 2 thumbs up

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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

What other book might you compare The River to and why?

Hatchet, the prequel. Also excellent

What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

Wonderful voice - expressive, made it easy to follow

Any additional comments?

10 y.o. boy: Good stuff, camping and survival and danger and no girls.

Mom: fun listen for the whole family

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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 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.

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Very Good!

Great listen I feel as if I was there the whole time. The reader has a very convincing voice!

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My 3rd grader LOVED it!!

After reading Hatchet as a class my daughter came home begging for the rest of

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So fast

I can't believe how fast this book when I swear I just started it and then that's the end what a great story and the storytellers fantastic of course

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hola!

Would you consider the audio edition of The River to be better than the print version?

i only listened to this because I have a book report due in 6 days

What did you like best about this story?

ehhhhh

What does Peter Coyote bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

ehghhh

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

ehhhhh

Any additional comments?

noooo

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Awesome!!

Keeps your attention from beginning to end! Loved it and can’t wait to hear next in series! Thanks

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Time to end the Hatchet story

What would have made The River better?

A better story line. It felt like he ran out of stuff to write about. Just trying to rehash parts from Hatchet but it didn't work for me.

Has The River turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What does Peter Coyote bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a good job as a story teller. I was pleased with that part of the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed with this book since I was a big Hatchet fan from my younger years

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Great story, good reader

The river has a great story, I really enjoyed it, reader was also good. Great book.

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wonderful follow up to the Hatchet

Such a refreshing continuation of the characters journey post Hatchet. Truly a fun read.