• Northwind

  • By: Gary Paulsen
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This stunning audiobook from the survival story master, set along a rugged coastline centuries ago, does for the ocean what Hatchet does for the woods, as it relates the story of a young person’s battle to stay alive against the odds, where the high seas meet a coastal wilderness.

When a deadly plague reaches the small fish camp where he lives, an orphan named Leif is forced to take to the water in a cedar canoe. He flees northward, following a wild, fjord-riven shore, navigating from one danger to the next, unsure of his destination. But the deeper into his journey he paddles, the closer he comes to his truest self as he connects to “the heartbeat of the ocean...the pulse of the sea”.

With hints of Nordic mythology and an irresistible narrative pull, Northwind is Gary Paulsen at his captivating, adventuresome best.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

©2022 Gary Paulsen (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Narrorator hates Gary Paulsen

The narrorator obviously hates Gary Paulsen and also hates you for wanting to hear the beauty of Mr. Paulsen's writings. I am reminded of a Catholic Mass where the readers have not practiced or read the material before hand. The narrorator finishes the sentence before it is finished in the book:

"The boy jumped." Into the boat."
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"The boy jumped into the boat."

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Excellent

Another excellent story from legendary author Gary Paulsen. His imagining of the life of an ancient Norse boy, on his own in a canoe going north on the coast of Scandinavia? Iceland? The British Isles? Is simple and fascinating.

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not a bad listen .. but....

I have heard many gary paulsen books and this isnt in the top 5 by any means but not a bad book it just kinda goes nowhere

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Great book by G. Paulsen and great audio narrator

When I started listening to this book I felt a little lost in understanding this book at first. I have read all Paulsen's books and knew it would get better.

It did! I felt a part of the book, seeing in my mind and feeling the emotions of the storyline.

I felt fear and other times the awe of Leif as he paddled his canoe through cold water as a pod of whales surrounds him.

I'm going to reread this book many times!

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classic Paulsen

very pleasent read, fun, easy. like hatchet but the main character (Leif) is more capable, so the stresses that drive the plot arnt 100% survival, which is nice. makes you think about what life could be for Leif