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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,784 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Guterson Narrator: Don Hastings Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of Snow Falling on Cedars comes the New York Times bestselling novel about a dying man’s final journey through a landscape that has always sustained him and provided him with hope and challenges.

When he discovers that he has terminal cancer, retired heart surgeon Ben Givens refuses to simply sit back and wait. Instead he takes his two beloved dogs and goes on a last hunt, determined to end his life on his own terms. But as the people he meets and the memories over which he lingers remind him of the mystery of life’s endurance, his trek into the American West becomes much more than a final journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Profound and ambitious. . . . Guterson depicts . . . moral and spiritual struggle with a clear-eyed intensity and intelligence that gives East of the Mountains its essential authority. Chicago Tribune
  • “The shape is elegant, the tone is perfectly controlled, almost cool, and Guterson’s prose shines with [a] taut polish. . . .[He] is a craftsman with a sense of literary history, one of the most serious and accomplished young American writers. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Guterson possesses a remarkable gift for capturing people and places, etching them into the reader’s mind. USA Today
  • Elegiac . . . like his first novel, Guterson’s sophomore outing is a serious and surprising book. . . . A monumental achievement. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • In describing the world of a dying man, Guterson invokes the ultimate book of suffering–then, to his great credit, offers it here as a consolation rather than despair. The Boston Sunday Globe
  • This book would be a challenge to praise too highly. It resounds with clarity. It feels like home. The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • “[Guterson] has produced a clean, unpretentious and expert piece of work, filled with the immediate beauty of everyday life and the desolation of leaving it behind. The Washington Times
  • Wonderfully written, tender toward its characters, and full of incident and insight. Men’s Journal
  • A compassionate and masterful achievement. San Francisco Chronicle
  • ”A strikingly joyful book and a monumental achievement. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “The writing is wonderful throughout, the characters are vivid…heartfelt, engaging and well drawn. The Miami Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/19/2014

    " Death is a tough part of life, and the character in this book decides to die on his own terms, where he is the most happy. Set in Washington, like all of Guterson's books, the character meets up with strangers that affect his final days. Any person who shows emotion over the loss of a pet shows true, good human qualities. Compassion is a good virtue. It's a lovely story, very touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deb | 2/16/2014

    " A thoughtful read with a sympathetic character. The drawn out abundant scenic details had me skimming in a few places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jodi Dills | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book for so many reasons. Since I know the geographical area, I had a certian affintiy that others might not. But it seemed like I read some books about death and dying right before my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I had no idea how much insight they would give me. The protag in this book is going to kill himself because he doesn't want to be a burden to his daughter and family. I can relate to that in so many ways. But the reality is...we want to stick together as long as we possibly can. We have no idea where we are going, so it's complicateed saying goodbye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeanine | 2/3/2014

    " A little slow in the beginning, I was annoyed with his excessive geography lessons. But the pace did pick up and I was genuinely interested in what happened to this man. The author's writing style with imagery is very good.... "

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