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The River

By: Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Peter Coyote
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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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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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Loved the story and the storyteller!

This storyteller is easy to listen to and the story is adventurous! Recommending to all!

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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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Second book in the Brian Robeson saga

Like most of Paulsen's book, this is directed at young boys, although I must admit I like them too. This is the second story of Brian Robeson from Hatchet, my favorite Paulsen book. Brian has turned into quite the rugged survivalist.

Coyote is a good narrator. I enjoyed him very much.

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Weak.

I bought this one on nostalgia, pretty sure I read it in 2nd grade after Hatchet. I'm bad at these reviews, but the story was formulaic, predictable and boring. Save your money/credit for something else.

Voice actor was solid.

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What a story teller!

Gary Paulson builds a suspenseful tale and educates about the woods at the same time. He clearly knows his way around the north woods and imparts that knowledge in his stories. My daughter and I love to listen to this collection.

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Another great

Love this series. More mature than expected. Suspenseful and touching. Excited to hear the next.

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Always a great read and narration.

Loved that Brian is growing up and focusing on what he can control. He's learning to keep himself from focusing on the past and the unknown future. He must keep moving and keep moving forward. GP does a fantastic job with this message.

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