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The River

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gary Paulsen

Narrated By: Peter Coyote

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes


The government sends Brian back to the Canadian wilderness in this beloved follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!
Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. This time Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him. But a freak storm leaves Derek unconscious. Brian's only hope is to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. He's survived with only a hatchet before--now can Brian build a raft and navigate an unknown river?
For the first time it's not only Brian's survival that's at stake. . .

An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year

“Vividly written, a book that will, as intended, please the readers who hoped that Paulsen, like Brian, would ‘do it again.’” —Kirkus Reviews

Read all the Hatchet Adventures!
Brian's Winter
The River
Brian's Return
Brian's Hunt


  • Anonymous

    A short story but one that is action packed and keeps you on the edge all the way. No filler. Just action and suspense.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Diana Conley

    This book was wonderful! Book 1, Hatchet, was better (isn't the first book almost always?) but, not by much. Setup took longer with this one than Hatchet, but to be believeable, the writer had to spend a great deal of time on this. And he did a good job. It's 100% believeable. The same narrator, Peter Coyote, narrated this one. He has a very calming, soothing voice, making the River a candidate for pre-naptime. This was a very good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    My 9-year-old son and I really enjoyed this great wilderness adventure book and we highly recommend it. A great sequel to The Hatchet.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jennifer T.

    Omg it is so cool


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