Hatchet

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 121 ratings

Hatchet Publisher's Summary

Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live.

On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths. Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.

©1992 Gary Paulsen (P)1992 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group
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  • Book 1

    • Hatchet

    • Written by: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a thrilling story very well narrated

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-07-03

    Price: CDN$ 28.14

  • Book 2

    • The River

    • Written by: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. Soon the project backfires, though, leaving Brian with a wounded partner and a long river to navigate. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport the injured man a hundred miles downstream to a trading post - if the map he has is accurate.

    Price: CDN$ 16.58

  • Book 3

    • Brian's Winter

    • Written by: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy - winter?

    Price: CDN$ 29.90

  • Book 4

    • Brian's Return

    • Written by: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges. But now that's he's back in civilization, he can't find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North. The only answer is to return-to "go back in"-for only in the wilderness can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book really recommended.

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-06-06

    Price: CDN$ 16.58

  • Book 5

    • Brian's Hunt

    • Written by: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
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    Millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Return know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization. When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he worries about his Cree friends who live north of his camp. With his new companion at his side, and with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets out to learn what happened.

    Price: CDN$ 16.84

    • Guts

    • The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books
    • Written by: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here are the real events that inspired Gary Paulsen to write Brian Robeson’s story in Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, and Brian's Hunt: a stint as a volunteer emergency worker; the death that became the pilot’s death in Hatchet; plane crashes he’s seen; and his own near misses. He takes listeners on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, and how he met the moose who made it personal.

    • The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books
    • Written by: Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 2012-10-19
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    Price: CDN$ 13.88