1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $12.53

Buy for $12.53

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

"We want you to do it again."

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.

©2001 Gary Paulsen (P)2012 Listening Library

What listeners say about The River

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,608
  • 4 Stars
    333
  • 3 Stars
    90
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    14
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,427
  • 4 Stars
    249
  • 3 Stars
    63
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    8
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,324
  • 4 Stars
    291
  • 3 Stars
    94
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    13

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Terrific!!

Loved this book! I had no idea there was a sequel to Hatchet. Simply great!

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

10 y.o. boy gives 2 thumbs up

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

10 y.o.: Yes, it was great. Read/listen to Hatchet first.
Mom: A great listen in the car for the whole family. A little harrowing with clear danger to the main characters

What other book might you compare The River to and why?

Hatchet, the prequel. Also excellent

What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

Wonderful voice - expressive, made it easy to follow

Any additional comments?

10 y.o. boy: Good stuff, camping and survival and danger and no girls.

Mom: fun listen for the whole family

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Not just for teen boys, but for ANYONE who values Life!

This sequel to The Hatchet is so well-crafted and just as suspenseful as the first book. Just like The River that Brian paddles down, this story also has many twists & turns that keeps you riveted & inside Brian's head. You truly get a sense of his angst, even if you haven't spent time in The Backcountry. If you have (as I have) you get a true sense of his desperation & struggle to acclimatize when returning home that few understand who haven't experienced the struggle. After many days in true wilderness, I remember how mesmerized I was by running tap water & lights that went on with the flip of a switch. This cognitive dissonance is what drives Brian to return and what moves the plot so beautifully.
My only gripe is that the overly dramatic music is completely unnecessary! The excellent reader is all that is needed.
This book is NOT just for teen boys, but ANYONE who appreciates The Wilderness & wants to understand what is truly important in life.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved the story and the storyteller!

This storyteller is easy to listen to and the story is adventurous! Recommending to all!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A great book that will make you feel like going for a walk in the woods .

Heartfelt,exciting and one to listen to again . Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite author he has you wondering what will happen next.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

This book is a suspenseful adventure

This book is a continuation of "Hatchet", by the same author. It could be a stand alone book. Meaning you didn't have to read the first book to understand and enjoy the plot line.
This book is about a young man reenacting his original survival journey for the purpose of creating an training course for accurate survival techniques.
During the course of his reenactment, lightning strikes him and the person compiling the information for the course; rendering him in a coma.
Unhurt himself from the lightning, he begins a new survival journey as he helps his unresponsive friend down river to a trading post to get help.
This story brings you on an emotional roller coaster. You can feel his desire to help people through his experience. The frustration to convey to a future survivalist the accuracy of surviving alone with nothing is no walk in the park; and the desperation of facing an unknown river voyage to save a comatose friend.
This book is a suspenseful adventure that keeps you entertained.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a childhood favorite

a childhood favorite that still holds up. a wonderful follow up to Hatchet. Brian is one of my favorite characters and has directly impacted who I've become as an adult.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

“The Hatchet” was excellent; this sequel to it, not so much

Loved the authors previous book The Hatchet. But, as so often happens with sequels, the story in this one becomes way too far-fetched and unbelievable from the premise thru to the finish as the author tries too hard to top it. (E.g., anyone who’s ever built and tried to paddle a log raft and/or has real whitewater paddling experience will undoubtedly find the story far too incredulous.)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Book was great!

The writing was great, narration was also great, but the music was annoying, mixed too loudly, and distracting

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book

Great follow up to Brian’s winter and hatchet! A little short but worth the listen.