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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Guterson Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the best-selling Snow Falling on Cedars, a dazzling new novel about youth and idealism, adulthood and its compromises, and two powerfully different visions of what it means to live a good life.

John William Barry has inherited the pedigree–and wealth–of two of Seattle’s elite families; Neil Countryman is blue-collar Irish. Nevertheless, when the two boys meet in 1972 at age sixteen, they’re brought together by what they have in common: a fierce intensity and a love of the outdoors that takes them together into Washington’s remote backcountry, where they must rely on their wits–and each other–to survive. 

Soon after graduating from college, Neil sets out on a path that will lead him toward a life as a devoted schoolteacher and family man. But John William makes a radically different choice, dropping out of college and moving deep into the woods, convinced that it is the only way to live without hypocrisy. When John William enlists Neil to help him dis- appear completely, Neil finds himself drawn into a web of secrets and often agonizing responsibility, deceit, and tragedy–one that will finally break open with a wholly unexpected, life-altering revelation.

Riveting, deeply humane, The Other is David Guterson’s most brilliant and provocative novel to date.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marnie | 2/14/2014

    " kind of a strange book...well-written, but unsettling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb | 2/7/2014

    " Terrific writing and story. Lyrical, compelling, heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stacia | 2/4/2014

    " I read this one 2 1/2 times. It helped me think about a difficult death...and it made me realize I could win power ball! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karenj454 | 1/30/2014

    " This book has a "dark" quality about a long-kept secret. The author writes with a wordy style which causes one to reach into their memory of readings from college. For example: "I have a tendency, in fact, to place events in memory while they're happening, which might be construed as detachment from experience, although in the end this simultaneity is, instead of something else, the experience I'm having." "

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