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The Transall Saga

Written by: Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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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.

©1998 Gary Paulsen (P)1999 Recorded Books
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  • Ye hao
  • 2015-09-05

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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  • Sam Zanders Jr.
  • 2016-08-21

Great read!

This book brought back nostalgic feelings of when I read it as a kid. The ET Tarzan of the apes.

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  • Dylan William Hughes
  • 2017-03-10

My favorite book

This book is just fun from beginning to end. I have now read/ listened to it 3 times. Every time it's as fun as the first. Please give it a try. It will grab you from the first chapter!

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  • Sue A Sturges
  • 2020-07-04

This book could have fit the CORVID19!

This is an excellent book!!! Any age, I’m 75.
The only thing that is missing, is the character’s
original people, but I’m sure they were there, someplace.
Everyone should read all of Gary Paulsen’s books!!!
Ames, Iowa

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-13

Loved this book!

This has always been a personal favorite of mine! It's more relevant now than ever. And quite interesting to hear through someone else's voice.

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  • Memeke
  • 2020-02-19

Survival of the Fittest

I read this when I was a kid. Back then (and now even) I only liked fantasy and paranormal books. Anything to do with realistic survival put me off of a book immediately. But then I accidentally got the audiobook of this novel. Mark is quickly sent to this strange new world where he must learn more about the land he must survive on, the people he can interact with, and the politics that rule different areas. I was smitten with this book and re-listened to it recently. I was able to gain a better appreciation not only for the book itself, but for the writer, Gary Paulsen, who did his research on the composition of "Transall Saga." Maybe that's why I fell in love with this book. Everything in this "fantasy/science fiction" world feel real and believable. I'd recommend this book to those who like fantasy, and want an introduction to science fiction/survival novels.

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  • Brayan
  • 2019-11-01

great story

really takes me back to my childhood when I first read this story. narrator did a good job

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-16

this book was a good book, worth a shot

good book, reread it lots of times wish their was anther book to continue the story on

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  • Andrew
  • 2019-08-30

Very predictable

Extremely generic adventure-tropes 95% of what happened was predictable. This is how my 12 year old nephew described the book.

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  • Cameron wilson
  • 2019-05-17

only book I ever read 4 times. enough said

i didn't like the narrators voice, and his interpretation of dialect is horrible he made everyone sound Spanish.