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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: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754476
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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 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 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 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 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.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/29/2014

    " I read this as a grade schooler and was hooked. Big colorful pages, brief text, makes you feel like it happened yesterday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shers Gallagher | 1/23/2014

    " Picked up this book to take to the airport to read in the midst of long and tiresome queuing up to board and de-board planes. Attracted to the read because of the great liking of author David Guterson after having read 'Snow Falling on Cedars'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 1/22/2014

    " I didn't care much for this book, which was very disappointing considering how much I loved Snow Falling on Cedars. It's been many years since I read it, but I recall feeling somewhat guilty for not being more empathetic with the older gentleman featured in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharla | 1/20/2014

    " It took me a while to get into this book, but that may just be because I didn't give it enough time. I enjoyed traveling and pondering with the main character, Ben Givens, as he inadvertently seemed to find meaning in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Leonardo | 1/7/2014

    " Not a total waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 12/29/2013

    " One man's determination to live in spite of the shallenges wins out over the determination to die. Well-written, great us of words, premise leads the reader in one direction even as Guterson develops the story to a different end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 12/23/2013

    " Again Guterson describes a part of WA that I am very familiar with. I appreciated his lovely description the area. It's been awhile since I've read this book, I think it may have been a little slow in parts, but was overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 11/23/2013

    " This was beautifully written, and a real odyssey of someone facing death. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike R | 11/21/2013

    " I cried about his mistreatment of his dogs -- Felt depressed -- but, I cannot say that I spent my time well reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia | 10/28/2013

    " really nice and easy read...just a great feel good book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Kleefeld | 10/19/2013

    " Brimming picaresque which loses it's way a bit in the final third but remains a pleasant surprise. The key, again, is Guterson's keen sense of landscape and its effect on its residents and visitors, and its place in the development and sustainability of memory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 6/7/2013

    " A stoic, solitary book about a man with a terminal illness who ventures with his two dogs into the country for a final hunt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George Schlukbier | 4/26/2013

    " A great story about a dying Doctor who returns to his Apple Farm in the Columbia Basin of central Washington State; he encounters characters and tells us the story of his family and the beginning of the apple trade in the US. Well written by the author of Snow Falling on Cedars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 4/17/2013

    " Beautifully written story; tells us that we continue to learn about life until we take our last breath. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nanette Schmink | 3/13/2013

    " Paled in comparison to Snow Falling on Cedars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iain Hudson | 2/17/2013

    " Guterson writes with great sensitivity - his characters are finely drawn and inextricably entwined with their setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2013

    " I loved this book. Even the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 1/27/2013

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 8/24/2012

    " Great book...one of my all time favorites! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally Boots | 6/3/2012

    " A completely unmemorable book. Really. I know I read it, but I don't remember a thing about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/28/2012

    " I basically liked this book well enough but I did love one part- the description of the trip from Issaquah to Vantage. I have taken that trip many, many times but did not know the names of all the peaks we passed by on our trips. Lovely to read about the character's hikes on them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 11/1/2011

    " I had trouble getting into this one at first. It ended too abruptly without resolution of some issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Lee | 10/22/2011

    " This was a profound and personal story of one man's life, as he faces his own mortality. I found this author to be a good read; his book filled with descriptive prose and a style of storytelling that I really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jhgreen | 7/30/2011

    " Fiction about a retired doctor who has cancer and plans to commit suicide. Not as good as Snow Falling on Cedars, but pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/20/2011

    " Not as good as Snow Falling on Cedars, but a well written story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/11/2011

    " A strange book that looks at a man's journey toward death. Sad, true, moving and slightly odd. The agonies of knowing life is over, and then finding you still have more to do, more to see, more to offer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amie | 3/16/2011

    " sad; couldn't finish and did not grab my attention "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/15/2011

    " Sad but really touching book by same author as Snow Falling on Cedars, beautiful writing. Somehow it ends up being uplifting at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 3/7/2011

    " A great story about a dying Doctor who returns to his Apple Farm in the Columbia Basin of central Washington State; he encounters characters and tells us the story of his family and the beginning of the apple trade in the US. Well written by the author of Snow Falling on Cedars. "

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About the Author
Author David GutersonDavid Guterson is the author of the novels Snow Falling on Cedars, East of the Mountains, and Our Lady of the Forest, as well as a story collection, The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind. A PEN/Faulkner Award winner, he is a cofounder of Field’s End, an organization for writers in Washington State.