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3.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 5 3.78 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Peter Coyote Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Brian’s Saga Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751925
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"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 fifty-four days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to do it again to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive.

This time he won't be alone: Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him to observe and take notes. But during a freak storm, Derek is hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Their radio transmitter is dead. Brian is afraid that Derek will die of dehydration unless he can get him to a doctor. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post if the map he has is accurate.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyssa | 2/18/2014

    " It was a pretty good book but not as good as Hatchet, and Brian's Winter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Hallam | 2/16/2014

    " Seriously great series for young men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 2/12/2014

    " Didn't like this one as much as I liked Hatchet, but it was still good. Really like Brian and I think the plot was very interesting. Good and fast read. Enjoyable and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jOrDaN | 2/9/2014

    " the following book of Hatchet ...another really good story of survival "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David D. | 1/24/2014

    " This was a fantastic book. It is a sequal to Gary Paulsen's timeless classic, "Hatchet". I would definitely recommend this book for anybody who has a sense of adventure and thrill inside of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 1/17/2014

    " the river is a very good seqel to hatchet. the river kept my attention and i didnt want to stop reading it. you cant skip any of it or you will miss a lot of it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Weber | 1/15/2014

    " This is the second book in the Brian Saga. I think this book once again does a good job of giving the reader a good adventure story to read. I think that all people who read and enjoyed hatchet should read this book as well. Brian goes back with a survival expert just then he is struck by lightning that is when the excitement begins. I would recommend this for students 3rd-7th grades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yui | 1/15/2014

    " Not as good as the first one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli Langholt | 1/14/2014

    " It was so so so good Paulsen's best survival story besides hatchet yet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 1/7/2014

    " I did this book for a book report this year. I loved reading it and hope you do too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saraoxenfeld | 12/8/2013

    " its about this guy and this woman the have a baby and then his friends worry about him they have a cellphone it doesn't have signal. so there car is bared with snow.they had to travel on foot they have this baby in a bang to keep him warm then he gets sick there loking for a doctors office "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/6/2013

    " This was kind of unrealistic, but that wasn't really the point of the story... he survived another rough journey. Only took a couple hours to read the whole thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ms. Foley | 11/10/2013

    " Just a rip-off of the first book with nothing really new. "Brian's Winter" is WAY better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raevyn | 6/25/2013

    " Not as much of a survival story as the first two, but still good. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greggory | 6/17/2013

    " it is the best book ever i woul never put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Heverly | 4/11/2013

    " One simply cannot compare this to Hatchet. HATCHET blows the River out of the water. Although its not Paulsen's best novel, i still think it's an O.K. read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms.georgia | 2/27/2013

    " The river is funny and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ezekiel Carsella | 12/27/2012

    " Sorry for earlier confusion. this is what i read not brian's return! really good though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chinook | 10/15/2012

    " Not quite as interesting as Brian's Winter or Hatchet, but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janalee | 8/22/2012

    " not as gripping as the hatchet, but "brought new trials". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devont | 8/13/2012

    " The River is #5 of my favorite books. IT IS A GREAT BOOK "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexxa | 7/9/2012

    " Another good follow up to Hatchet. Great adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 7/7/2012

    " This was the sequel to Hachet. It was a cute story but not really anything new from the original and not quite as gripping as the first book . . . but still, the boys were eager to start reading each night and lots of groans and beggin for more when bedtime came. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/2/2012

    " I ended up liking this even more than Hatchet. I'm still not sure why I never read these when I was young! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Star | 2/21/2012

    " brilliant i love this spin off to the story. my fav. part- the end where they reach rescue it seems like a seen from a movie. "

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Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean