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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: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edward | 2/19/2014

    " Even though you're old and have incurable cancer, there may be valid reasons to go on living, and they're discovered in unexpected ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meghan | 2/19/2014

    " read this book because it garnered some good reviews, but I wasn't that into it. loved snow falling on cedars though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Stacy | 2/12/2014

    " After having read Snow Falling on Cedars by the same author, this book was a huge disappointment. Even though the subject matter, a man dying of cancer, was decidedly tragic, East of the Mountains lacked the beauty and the poetry of the first novel. It read like a first draft college essay - the very sad facts were there, but none of the creative energy that Guterson gave us in Snow Falling on Cedars. I think of The Bucket List, Tuesdays with Morrie, and other such novels of someone dying of cancer and this one, well, it does not measure up. It is depressing, and does not offer the reader much else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pam Oconnor | 2/8/2014

    " This is an interesting book about a journey taken by a terminally ill man who planned to commit suicide on his journey. However the things that happen to him and the people he encounters make him realize that he must go home to die. "

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