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The River

Narrated by: John Chancer
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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You can try to outrun nature...but will you survive one man's fury?  

Two friends

Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college: a gentle giant from Vermont and a rugged kid raised on a ranch in Colorado, brought together by their shared love of literature and the great outdoors.  

The adventure of a lifetime 

When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience: two young men navigating the rapids through the quiet, imposing landscapes of North America.  

No phones.  

No fellow travellers.  

No way of going back.   

A hellish ride

But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them - reducing the towering trees to charred carcasses - their idyllic expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, seemingly in a state of shock and claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature's destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.  

Because the only thing more dangerous than a burning forest is a man's thirst for revenge....

©2019 Peter Heller (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Postscript
  • 21-05-2019

An immersive experience of a book

This is a beautiful book - perhaps not an adjective usually found applied to a crime novel, but this a unique combination of lyrical writing about the natural world and a perceptive story about human nature. The setting is the Canadian wilderness and the two central characters are intelligent and thoughtful young men, one one of whom has a heartbreaking trust in the basic goodness of his fellow human beings. The story gets of to a slow, almost impersonal, start, but do stick with it - if you are at all keen on the wilderness world or interested in the frailties of human nature and how we each cope in our different ways, you'll love it.

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  • Ashleigh
  • 24-01-2020

A slow burn

I found it took me quite some time to get into the narration of this book. It does have lengthy descriptions of surroundings and events and I found myself drifting off quite a lot and having to rewind. However, I found myself thinking of the story a lot when I wasn’t listening and at the end I found myself caught up in the emotion and hence the 4 star overall rating, rather than the 3 I was originally planning. Somehow the book crept under my skin when I wasn’t looking...

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  • Mrs Curzon Tussaud
  • 29-08-2019

“Between the woods and the water”.

A story of men against nature and men with nature, brought to life wonderfully by John Chancer. Two college students canoeing a remote river encounter violence, and the force and fury of a forest fire. Gripping.