The River by Peter Heller audiobook

The River: A novel

By Peter Heller
Read by Mark Deakins

Random House Audio
7.30 Hours 1
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A Nominee for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards 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

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now in Paperback

Finalist for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel

A March 2019 LibraryReads Pick

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Nominee for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

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 suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair. New York Times Book Review
“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. Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
“A fiery tour de force.” Denver Post
"[A] poetic and unnerving wilderness thriller.” USA Today
“Where Heller really scores is the extraordinarily high quality of his writing about the natural world, which is lyrical and action-packed by turns.” The Guardian (London)
“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
“Heller puts his knowledge of canoeing and currents to fascinating use. He has created indelible characters in Wynn and Jack.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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. New York Journal of Books
“Engaging…satisfying… Terse and tight.” Outside Magazine
“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 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 : CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 7.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English