The River

Narrated by: Peter Coyote
Series: Hatchet, Book 2
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,366 ratings)

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"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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Terrific!!

Loved this book! I had no idea there was a sequel to Hatchet. Simply great!

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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

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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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A great book that will make you feel like going for a walk in the woods .

Heartfelt,exciting and one to listen to again . Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite author he has you wondering what will happen next.

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it was good

The narrator was good. I thought the music was a bit annoying. Good book. I think they should have said what happened more at the end.

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An OK story

The river as a sequel to the hatchet is different. The basic plot seems a bit forced and I think the offer understood that to as he made several references in the story to a lack of tension and wagged of suspense. I think the underlying issue is too much was already done in the 1st book. It's not a badd story if you like the original.

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It is a grate reading book

I has good narrating and it is a fan drastic book for non readers and readers do I would recommend it

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love the entire series

A bit short for adult reading but worth it when reading all of them. Also I recommend reading these with your kids. Self confidence is such a huge thing for kids these days. This is a great series to show that you contribute no matter what your age is.

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Great Second Book Of The Series

Short but s really great listen. The story and reader make it like your right there.

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Riveting book about determination

My daughters talk about Brian throughout the day. It’s as if he has become a friend they can reference. Yesterday my 6 year old daughter was making a goal plan for 2020 and said”what’s that Brian word....oh yeah- determination”.

And, I would listen to Peter Coyote narrate the dictionary and be rapt.