The River by Peter Heller audiobook

The River: A novel

By Peter Heller
Read by Mark Deakins

Random House Audio
7.30 Hours Unabridged
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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER "A fiery tour de force… I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful." –Alison Borden, The Denver Post From 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 violence 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 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.

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Summary

Summary

A March 2019 LibraryReads Pick

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"A fiery tour de force… I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful." –Alison Borden, The Denver Post

From 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 violence

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[A] poetic and unnerving wilderness thriller… Full of rushing life and profound consequences. Every move Jack and Wynn make along the river has the chance to kill them or those they’re trying to save, and the result is a novel that sweeps you away, each page filled with wonder and awe for a natural world we can quantify with science but can rarely predict with emotion. Tod Goldberg, USA Today
A fiery tour de force… [The River] recalls his debut, The Dog Stars, with its poetic, staccato sentences and masterfully crafted prose… And what a story he tells… I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful. Alison Borden, The Denver Post
Heller puts his knowledge of canoeing and currents to fascinating use. He has created indelible characters in Wynn and Jack, pals who are almost exact opposites: the former a bearish galoot who’s convinced that people are basically good, and the latter a pessimist who’s convinced that their only hope for salvation is to paddle as fast as they can. Ross Gray, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Another superbly crafted adventure-action-mystery story… Reminiscent of James Dickey’s classic Deliverance… The beat of Heller’s novel builds to a furious pace. John Newlin, New York Journal of Books
“It is a rare literary feat when an author is able to marry plot and prose with the soaring majesty that Heller achieves in The River. Drew Gallagher, Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
Engaging...satisfying... Terse and tight. Short, lyrical paragraphs are packed with action and keep the story moving along... Like a lot of backcountry missions, the most compelling parts of the story aren’t necessarily the rapids or the high-risk moves. Instead they’re the quiet moments where Wynn and Jack are coupling their rods together and wading slowly through vivid, tannic streams. Heather Hansman, Outside Magazine
[T]here is plenty of tension here, but where Heller really scores is the extraordinarily high quality of his writing about the natural world, which is lyrical and action-packed by turns. Laura Wilson, The Guardian
Urgent, visceral writing--I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. A beautiful, heartrending exploration of male friendship. Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of Let Me Lie
Utter joy... A suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair. Denise Mina, The New York Times Book Review
“Narrator Mark Deakins and author Peter Heller are an audiobook lover’s dream team…Early in the audiobook, Deakins sets a light tone and an easy pace, matching Wynn and Jack’s comfortable friendship…Later, as a forest fire grows closer and other canoe groups display puzzling behavior, Deakins builds a foreboding atmosphere, adding tension, uncertainty, and fear to the men’s voices and thoughts. Throughout, he enhances the narrative with an underlayer of subtle drama…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide.” Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Masterly paced and artfully told, The River is a page-turner…Heller invites his characters to confront their own mortality without losing sight of the deep connections between humans and their environment.” BookPage (starred review)
“Heller has transformed his own outdoor experiences into a heart-pounding adventure that’s hard to put down.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Heller’s novel beautifully depicts the powers that can drive humans apart—and those that compel them to return repeatedly to one another.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Peter Heller

Author Bio: Peter Heller

Peter Heller is the bestselling author of The Painter and The Dog Stars, among others. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, he is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 7.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English