Hatchet Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
When the pilot of a small, two-person plane has a heart attack and dies, Brian has to crash land in the forest of a Canadian wilderness. He has little time to realize how alone he is, because he is so busy just trying to survive. And learning to survive, to plan on food not just for a day but untiland ifhe is rescued, only begins when he stops pitying himself and understands that no one can help him. He is on his own, without his divorced father, whom he was to visit, or his mother, whom Brian saw kissing another man before the divorce. This is a heart-stopping story: it seems that at every moment Brian is forced to face a life-and-death decision, and every page makes readers wonder at the density of descriptive detail Paulsen has expertly woven together. Poetic texture and realistic events are combined to create something beyond adventure, a book that plunges readers into the cleft of the protagonist's experience. Ages 11-13.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 8-12 Brian Robeson, 13, is the only passenger on a small plane flying him to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. The plane drifts off course and finally crashes into a small lake. Miraculously Brian is able to swim free of the plane, arriving on a sandy tree-lined shore with only his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. The novel chronicles in gritty detail Brian's mistakes, setbacks, and small triumphs as, with the help of the hatchet, he manages to survive the 54 days alone in the wilderness. Paulsen effectively shows readers how Brian learns patienceto watch, listen, and think before he actsas he attempts to build a fire, to fish and hunt, and to make his home under a rock overhang safe and comfortable. An epilogue discussing the lasting effects of Brian's stay in the wilderness and his dim chance of survival had winter come upon him before rescue adds credibility to the story. Paulsen tells a fine adventure story, but the sub-plot concerning Brian's preoccupation with his parents' divorce seems a bit forced and detracts from the book. As he did in Dogsong (Bradbury, 1985), Paulsen emphasizes character growth through a careful balancing of specific details of survival with the protagonist's thoughts and emotions. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I think that this was a good book. I liked that he was all alone and figured out everything by himself and was able to stay alive. I don't think that the author did anything wrong with this book.
Beyond that it is really entertaining. It is suspensful and full of surprising twists and turns. You feel as if you are right there, as if you were Brian.
The author Gary Paulsen has spent a lot of time in the woods; he has run two Iditarods (an Alaskan sled dog race). He says (after Brian's Return) that most of the things that happened to Brian have actually happened to him at one time or another.
I recommend this book for 10 yrs and up. I will read it again, and I look forward to reading it with my boys.
Sequels to this book (that should not be missed!) are The River, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return, and Brian's Hunt.
Hatchet is a great book for people who like adventure books. It is about a boy who is flying to his mother's house. He had to take a plane, but the pilot was not feeling well. The pilot had a heart attack. The boy tried to fly the plane, but he could not steer it and it crashed. The boy was stranded on an island with a hatchet that his father had given him for his birthday. He built himself shelter with wood he cut up with the hatchet. He had to eat fish to survive. He had to cut up the fish with the hatchet. The boy had to completely change his lifestyle to survive. He had to have a positive attitude to survive, but some days he did not feel that great. He found the radio from the plane. He tuned it and got a man on the line. He told him that he was stranded on an island. Did the man save the boy? Read Hatchet to find out!
I thought that Hatchet was a great book. It was very suspenseful because I did not know what was going to happen next. I do not recommend this book to people who do not like action or adventure. I would rate this book a four out of five stars.
The main character of the story is Brian Robeson. The author doesn't describe how Brian looks but he describes how he thinks and acts. Brian's parents are divorced so he is going to Canada - to live with his dad for the summer. Brian is the protagonist of the story, battling a conflict against nature - the antagonist. Gary Paulsen, the author, narrates the story in the third-person point of view, telling what goes on in the mind of Brian.
The story has an adventurous plot, told in chronological order, which begins in a little bush plane flying over the Canadian north woods with Brian and a pilot. Gary Paulsen uses foreshadowing on pages 5 and 6 when the pilot rubs his shoulder, complains of aches and pains, and emits body gas. Soon after, the pilot grabs his chest and screams about his chest splitting apart. Then Brian has a flashback and remembers, "When a man in front of Paisley's store had suffered a heart attack. He had gone down and screamed about his chest." (page 11) Brian realizes the pilot has had a heart attack Then the pilot dies.
The plane crashed in an L-shaped lake and Brian escaped with his life. All he had was his hatchet and the clothes on his back. He would have to survive in the setting of the Canadian north woods in the present day.
The first thing Brian had to struggle against was hunger.Read more ›
An outstanding novel by Gary Paulsen! Hatchet is the best book I have read, because its so adventurous. Brian Robeson is a 13-year-old boy who is going to meet his dad for the first time after his parents divorce. He received a hatchet as a parting gift from his mom, which later helped him out. The story gets exciting from the beginning because his plane crashes and he is stuck in the wilderness. He must learn to survive because all he has is clothes on him and a hatchet. He soon starts to adapt to the environment and learns many things on his own. He learned many things to survive he ate berries, made a spear to catch fishes, ate eggs, made his own little shelter, learned how to make fire with his hatchet, and many more. This book is all about Brian adapting to the environment around him, and he does!
What I liked about this book was that it was really adventurous and made me read on and on. I love this book because it shows how a teenager could survive in the wilderness on his own. I love the way he gets so happy whenever he finds a new food or a new way to get something. The really interesting part was when Brian gets the survival pack by going down in the lake the plane crashed into. It was like treasure for him it had a sleeping bag, pots and plate, rifle, fishing rod, a first aid kit, knife, compass, lighters, matches, food, and many more things. I like the quote when he just lands into the wilderness and he says, "So.So.So here I am." Right after that he says, "I am hungry"!
What I didn't like about this book was that whenever an airplane arrived it always missed him and left him lonely at the forest. Also there aren't many quotes in this book except in the beginning.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I think this is a very interesting and engaging book and I would recommend it to anyone on the planet.Published 10 months ago by Tashi Labowka-Poulin
I remember reading this book in elementary school, decided to buy it and read it again. What a great survival story, well written and exciting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by steven
Great read for young and old, a must read for anyone who enjoys reading. 6 words left in this review.Published 19 months ago by joe
This story is about Brian who has many internal conflicts. He ends up in a northern wilderness as a result of a plane crash. He learns to read nature and look after himself. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sharon Rose
I read this in school and I've thought of it numerous times throughout the years. I'm glad I finally decided to buy it and read it again. It's a good read and an awesome story.Published on April 3 2013 by Christopher Diliberto
When my son was in grade 8 this was the first book he read from beginning to end without me
pushing him, and I remember him sharing the events in the book with great... Read more
My son love any book written by this author and if he keeps writing books I am going to go broke! Highly recommend them for older children and teens.Published on April 9 2010 by Amazon Customer
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