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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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Amazing book

Great action packed book many surprises was an amazing story by gary Paulsen it kept me entertained 😁

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amazing 👏

so great my boys loved it. It felt like we were there . It was enjoyed

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Both great but very short

Should be sold as a set but is a great story and very entertaining and educational

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Fabulous story to share with your up and coming

Excellent! My 11-yr-old son and I enjoyed this gripping story and production. Teaching moments of acceptance, perseverance, loyalty, wisdom and digging deep are among the many positive values explored.

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It was Missing Something

Sometimes as an adult we read/ or listen to books that were good reads, but they seem like they are missing something, maybe something that didn't happen that probably should have or maybe the author forgot to add a crucial item. This book seemed like that for me,although I usually enjoy Mr Paulsen's books this book just seemed to feel foggy. Overall,, the idea behind the book is good to try to see how Brian managed to survive for all that time alone without the tools that they have in this book. I think too, that this book was over simplified making it too easy to read. I read books like this for my wife who keeps them in her personal library at school for her students, (she teaches middle school age kids), so that maybe if we can find books that are found to be interesting maybe they will start reading more......
Overall this is still a great adventure book filled with being out in the woods or on a raft in a sweeping river. This is the story of how the main character from, "The Hatchet" gets to go back to Canada to the area where he survived for over a year, to try to teach someone the skills that he came up with. Mr Coyote did an excellent job narrating this book. I will be reading the other 2 books of this series and am looking forward to how they turn out.

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Read it

If you like hatchet and Brian’s Winter then you should definitely read this. I would recommend reading Brian’s Winter before you read the river.