The river A novel

Peter Heller, 1959-

Sound recording - 2019

"Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddles and picking blueberries a...nd nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman?"--Provided by publisher.

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Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Audiobooks
Published
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape [2019]
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
6 audio discs (approximately 7 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital, 1.4 m/s, stereo ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9781984839930
1984839934
Main Author
Peter Heller, 1959- (author)
Other Authors
Mark Deakins (narrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"They were best friends at Dartmouth who had decided to take the summer and fall quarters off." Jack and Wynn are like brothers, "but better, because [they] didn't have to grow up fighting." After working as wilderness instructors in the Adirondacks, they embark on a northern Canadian river canoe trip. Adventures they expect—and seek—but they couldn't possibly be prepared for what lies ahead, both natural and human-made. They can likely avoid or escape fires or falls, but the looming human threat proves unrelenting. The pair's rescue of a severely injured woman, seemingly brutalized by her own husband, will require supreme sacrifices. Deakins, who is at least twice the age of his two protagonists, might not seem an obvious casting choice for Heller's latest, but his maturity imbues his narration with gratifying depth: his experience ensures he maintains deliberate control, affectingly adapting between calm and chaos, pure enjoyment and desperate panic. Amplifying Jack and Wynn's interactions, Deakins deftly flows from the rhythms of surrounding nature to the unpredictability of (in)human contact. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation. Since they both enjoy the outdoors, they design a wilderness canoe trip in remote northern Canada to test their skills and hone their friendship. The young men forgo the safety of carrying a satellite phone, and though their timing is excellent for avoiding the worst of insects, their trip is imperiled by a raging forest fire, and complicated by their discovery of a severely injured woman they must get to a hospital. The intrigue and desperation Wynn and Jack must feel doesn't quite come through to the listener. The details of the early autumn forest, canoeing, portaging, and fly-fishing are spot on, as are the descriptions of the raging fire and its aftermath. Vocal characterizations by Mark Deakins are excellent, though Heller (Celine) doesn't give either Wynn or Jack much in the way of personality. VERDICT Recommended for adult audio fiction collections. Heller is very popular and patrons will certainly want to check out this one.—Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A Nominee for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe AwardsNATIONAL BESTSELLER"A fiery tour de force… I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful." –Alison Borden, The Denver PostFrom the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip--a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violenceWynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.