Hatchet

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,976 ratings

Hatchet Publisher's Summary

Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live.

On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths. Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.

©1992 Gary Paulsen (P)1992 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group
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  • Book 1

    • Hatchet

    • By: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,604
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965

    Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping! Life inspiring story.

    • By Tara on 12-14-07

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 2

    • The River

    • By: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 700
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 699

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 10 y.o. boy gives 2 thumbs up

    • By Christine (and Alex) on 02-24-13

    Regular price: $12.53

  • Book 3

    • Brian's Winter

    • By: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 805
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 665
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 665

    In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy - winter?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful survival tale!

    • By Susan on 07-20-09

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 4

    • Brian's Return

    • By: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges. But now that's he's back in civilization, he can't find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North. The only answer is to return-to "go back in"-for only in the wilderness can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • i only wish this wasn't the end

    • By Lindsay jessee on 07-16-17

    Regular price: $12.53

  • Book 5

    • Brian's Hunt

    • By: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274

    Millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Return know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization. When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he worries about his Cree friends who live north of his camp. With his new companion at his side, and with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets out to learn what happened.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yes!

    • By Vos H on 11-30-17

    Regular price: $12.53

    • Guts

    • The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books
    • By: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite parts

    • By Vos H on 12-25-17
    • The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books
    • By: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 10-19-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 106 ratings

    Regular price: $10.49