Brian’s Return Audiobook by Gary Paulsen – Hatchet #4

Children's AudiobooksBrian’s Return Audiobook by Gary Paulsen - Hatchet #4
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Status: Completed
Version: Unabridged
Author: Gary Paulsen
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Series: Hatchet
Genre: Children's Audiobooks, Action & Adventure
Updated: 21/11/2023
Listening Time: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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Brian’s Return Audiobook is a wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen and fourth novel in the Hatchet Audiobooks series.

It was also released as Hatchet: The Call by Macmillan Children’s Books in the UK on January 8, 1999. This was originally supposed to be the final Hatchet book in the series, but hundreds of readers requested Paulsen to make one more. So in response, he published Brian’s Hunt in 2003 to be the fifth book and the final one of Hatchet series.

Plot Summary

As millions of listeners 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.

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. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly. With his new companion at his side, and with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets out to learn what happened. He sets out on the hunt.


It was about 20 years ago in school that my teacher read to us The Hatchet. It was always one of my favorite books. One that I would come back to and read occasionally as I got older.

I feel the author’s purpose in writing this book is to show that everyone is different in their own way and that everyone is special and unique. No matter how much it goes against the flow, do it anyway to find yourself and who you are. Make your own path and show everyone what you are capable of.

I would recommend Brian’s Return Audiobook Mp3 to teenage males. They could relate to this audiobook, because the main character is a teenage male. There are a few tricky words to read but nothing major. I believe that it is suitable for teenagers.

“This brings a good ending to the Hatchet Series, although Brian’s Hunt keeps it going a bit longer. Absolutely loved the whole series. Listened to Hatchet just to relive reading it with my sons and never planned to so the other books, but I got hooked.” – Leo Rainwater.

“Bold, confident and persuasive.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred

 “Paulsen bases many of his protagonist’s experiences on his own, and the wilderness through which Brian moves is vividly observed.” – Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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Gary Paulsen’s book – Brian’s Return (Hatchet #4) is now available in audible format, mp3 is more than two hours long, yet the narration by Peter Coyote is so enticing that you get hooked instantly and keep you up at night listening!

Listening Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
Narrated by: Peter Coyote
Version: Unabridged

You may love to listen to all stories in The Hatchet Audiobooks Series by Gary Paulsen on 

  1. Hatchet Audiobook
  2. River Audiobook
  3. Brian’s Winter Audiobook
  4. Brian’s Return Audiobook
  5. Brian’s Hunt Audiobook
  6. Guts Audiobook


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