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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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By Sandra on 08-13-16

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

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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