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Hatchet [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Gary Paulsen , Peter Coyote
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April 27 2004

ALONE

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parents’ divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.


“In a straightforward and compelling narration, Peter Coyote captures Brian's terror, anguish and exultation as he learns to survive alone in the wilderness.”–AudioFile


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From Publishers Weekly

This Newbery Honor book is a dramatic, heart-stopping story of a boy who, following a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, must learn to survive with only a hatchet and his own wits. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Survival and secrets Nov. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Hatchet is a wonderful story of survival by a thirteen year old. Basically, Brian, whose parents have just recently divorced, is going to spend his summers with his dad when the single-engine plane he is in, crashes in the Canadian woods. Armed with only a hatchet and his wits, Brian learns to survive. Like any child in his situation, Brian is very upset about the break-up of his family unit. The story is really one about survival so why bring up the divorce? My feeling is that it shows that you can have two types of problems -- those that you can control/fix like the survival issue, and those that you can do nothing about like the divorce. So, why did I give it a two-star? Well, this is a children's book so I saw no reason for a detailed description of a kissing scene in the mother's extramarital affair. Even the affair was irrelevant. In fact, it is not that Brian really deals with either The SECRET or the affair by the end of the book. If Paulsen's intention with the divorce was to just show kids that you cannot always do some thing about all the bad things that happen to you but that should not mean you should drown in self-pity, then including the divorce was okay. However, he should just have left it at that and would probably have received four stars from me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet April 7 2003
By Drew
Format:Paperback
The book Hatchet is about a thirteen year old boy named Brian Robeson. Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his father. During the flight up to Canada Brian's pilot has a heart attack. Brian is the only other person on the plane and has to figure out a way to land the plane. Brian crashes the plane in the Canadian woods and learnes how to survive in the wilderness by himself.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read April 3 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My Review Feb. 28 2004
By Lydia
Format:Paperback
If you like books about adventures and fights to stay alive Hatchet is a good book for you. Brian Rodeson is a Thirteen-year-old kid whose parents were divorced. He was going to the Canadian oil fields to see his father. His father was a mechanical engineer and invented a new oil-drilling bit. Brian was over the Canadian wildness and the pilot is having a heart attack and Brian started to panic because he was the only other person in the plane, he called for help many times. After awhile the plane ran out of gas and he had to crash land in a lake. After the crash he was left with the clothes on he had on and a hatchet on his belt. He thought he was going to die but he started to eat some berries he found. He built a shelter under a rock cliff. He made a wall out of wood and put it up against the rocks. Then he tried making a spear and a bow to catch fish. He finally started to hunt birds and rabbits.

I think people that would like this book are people that like adventure and action.
I like how Gary Paulsen writes because makes you feel like your actually there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hatchet March 21 2002
Format:Paperback
The book called Hatchet is about a boy named Brian who is going on a single engine plane when suddenly the plane crashes because the pilot died of a heart attack. Now Brian has to survive in the wilderness until someone finds him. What made me read this book was a recommendation by a friend...I liked this story because it was about a boy who was trying to survive out in the wilderness and was learning really good things. When he first stayed out in the wilderness, it was hard for Brian to survive, but after a few weeks and months, he started to understand things out there. Like how to survive, how to get food, shelter, and understand animals.
My favorite part of the story was that when Brian was going to get some berries he found near by a tree, a wolf saw him and attacked. The next day Brian was all wounded. But when he saw the wolf again, the wolf and Brian understood each other by looking staight in the eye of the both of them, and the wolf didn't do anything to Brian this time. That is how Brian understood animals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Nov. 6 2001
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Format:Paperback
The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a survival story about a 13-year-old boy named Brian Robeson who was sent to see his father because of the secret that caused his parents' divorce. As he headed for his father, who lived in the Canadian wilderness, the pilot of the single engined plane had a heart attack. Brian vaguely knew how to fly the plane and landed it in an l-shaped lake. He survives the crash and is able to swim to shore. He then, builds himself a shelter and makes a fishing spear. To survive he used his hatchet and birch bark to make fire. To keep from starving, he ate gut berries, berries that made him sick, raspberries, and he eventually learned how to fish and hunt with spears. While fishing, he had an encounter with a moose that left him with broken ribs. To make matters worse, a tornado destroys his shelter and scatters his weapons. Right after the tornado, he realizes that the plane's tail end was sticking out of the water and the survival pack was still inside. He retrieved the survival pack and enjoyed the food, weapons and sleeping bag. There was also an emergency transmitter that, he believed, was broken. Little did he know, a nearby plane received the transmission and he was rescued. During the story, Brian learned many life lessons and had to learn things he would need to survive. He also developed a new outlook on life and an appreciation for what he had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition
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
Published on Oct. 28 2011 by Marming
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Author
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story of survival
This is easily Gary Paulsen's greatest novel. This is a wonderfully interesting tale of survival and is the best in the series about Brian. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2006 by Brian A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must HAVE! (poop)
"Going to die. Going to die. Going. To. Die. The Secret. Bad. Just as Brian began to see the light, he scratched his left elbow, revealing a large brownish gold scab, turning into... Read more
Published on May 28 2005 by poopypants
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Survival Story
Recommendation
I would recommend this book to anyone 11 years old and up because it presents a picture of how a young man survives the wilderness. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet
The main events in Hatchet are related to the conflict and the solution. The conflict was the plane crash that Brian was in. He had to survive in the Canadian wilderness. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars good, but not too good
I had to read this book for a school project, and let's just say it was pretty bad. I've read many better survival stories that were a little more realistic than this. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by percussion and bass enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars great esl teaching novel
Many others have written wonderful descriptions of what this book is about. I agree that it is is captivating and realistic about survival in the Canadian woods. Read more
Published on June 22 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
The book is basically like a self-journey. The main character did his best to live in the wilderness with harsh conditions the best he could. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Sarah Gonzalez
3.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet
Brian is a boy whoes parents are divorced and is only fourteen. I enjoyed this book a fair amount. I would recommend this book to children of divorced parents. Read more
Published on June 10 2004
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