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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: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750980
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/28/2014

    " This is by the same author as "Snow Falling on Cedars," so I thought it'd be good. I stopped reading after 100 pages or so. I found myself skimming over page after page of animal violence, detailed descriptions of hunting, dogs fighting, etc. This is not my idea of a good time. I didn't like the main character enough to care about what happened to him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra Willey | 1/24/2014

    " This story never got off the ground for me. Guterson's prose was pedestrian; his insights, predictable. "

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

    " I would read this book just for the scenic descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/9/2014

    " A quick, easy read. Not as captivating as Snow Falling on Cedars, but not terrible either. Didn't really like the lengthy flashbacks throughout, but that may just be my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Reed | 12/21/2013

    " this book was flawless-very detailed insight into one man's journey-both literal and physical and the people he meets along the way-beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 12/18/2013

    " Better than Snow Falling on Cedars, a man learns he has terminal cancer and goes into the mountains to kill himself. Moral beliefs are examined. Loved the writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 11/17/2013

    " A man dying of cancer reflects on his life. Depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami | 11/9/2013

    " I liked this story much better than Snow Falling on Cedars (by the same author) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leahlady | 10/24/2013

    " My grandma lent this book to my husband, Jeff. While it had the feel of a "man's" book, written by a man for a man, I enjoyed it, too. Jeff liked it even more than I did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharla | 10/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 10/1/2013

    " This book had some interesting parts, but parts of it seemed improbable and some parts were boring and unnecessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 9/24/2013

    " 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 Linda Rupard | 9/24/2013

    " Very descriptive of Washington's beauty, as told in a spell-binding story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Modestservice86 | 9/24/2013

    " Very very slow read. Goes nowhere often and I thought it brought me up just to bring me down again. His writing style in here dissapointed me from "Snow Falling on Cedars", I thought it was very solumn and thought out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jhgreen | 9/19/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 7/30/2013

    " Another profound and extremely moving novel from David Guterson. Marvellous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 1/8/2013

    " Sad and depressing at times, but very real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Leonardo | 9/16/2012

    " Not a total waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Gomes | 9/15/2012

    " the great fear of aging + the sorrow of memories past = one great tearful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley | 8/24/2012

    " This book sort of had me at hello considering the theme: A elderly Seattle man with cancer decides to kill himself by faking his death in a hunting accident in the land where he grew up. It didn't live up to my expectations, though I enjoyed it nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/3/2011

    " a beautiful but at times depressing story. enjoyed the way it captures the spirit of that landscape... (set in the region where i spent middle & high school years.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Livia | 6/1/2011

    " I think that I would give 3.5 stars (partially because there was a bit of dog trauma.) Reminded me of "World Made by Hand" a little bit, in a good way; lots of getting back to nature. I liked the flashbacks a lot, especially the parts about growing up on an apple orchard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 5/26/2011

    " Interesting highlights of aspects of life that would be missed when dying of a terminal illness. "

  • 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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