The Transall Saga

  • by Gary Paulsen
  • Narrated by Johnny Heller
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thirteen-year-old Mark Harrison has a week to hike across the desert. He will meet his parents on the other side. By his fourth day, he’s made good time. As he settles in for the night, he gazes up at the stars, feeling completely content. Suddenly, a blue light streams from the sky, jolting Mark into another dimension. Now, in a land filled with strange jungle animals and primitive tribes, Mark desperately battles hunger, armed enemies, and superhuman powers. To find the way back to his own world, Mark will need to find greater resources and strength—but time is running out.
Gary Paulsen has written dozens of books for young people. His tales of adventure and survival have won the enthusiastic praise of young adults across the country and many awards, including three Newbery Honors and a Golden Spur award. In this imaginative story, Johnny Heller’s narration keeps you close by the resourceful young teenager’s side.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A sequel is much needed!

I've read this book 3 times and now I've listened to it. This is the best sci-fi story I've ever heard. Mr. Paulsen, a sequel will prove to be of high artistic production value. You have die hard fans for Transal Saga.
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- Ye hao

No disappointments here

Would you listen to The Transall Saga again? Why?

Transall Saga is a story of personal grit. I like to think I have grit in tough situations.

What other book might you compare The Transall Saga to and why?

I would compare the Outsiders to Transall Saga. In both stories a young teen boy finds themselves in situations both unexpected and challenging. They learn they have strength and can handle the outcomes.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

J. H. does a great job portraying Mark. I especially like the way he plays out the humorous self-talk Mark is carrying on in the first days and weeks in the new place.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Although this book did not cause strong "feels", I did relate to the elements of loyalty and commitment as displayed through Gary Paulsen's characters.

Any additional comments?

Kids where I work do not have many opportunities to try their mettle. Cleary Gary Paulsen tested his personal grit and drive in the Iditarod races. Like Joseph Campbell talks about, I think teens need a coming of age event to center their later years and to draw upon in times of difficulty.

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- paula

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books