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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Evison Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781615731176
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An epic western adventure wrapped in the history of one small town. Set in two time frames: the past, as the founders rush toward the future to build a dam, and the present, as their descendants struggle with the past in an attempt to demolish the dam. "A Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evison, author of this audacious historical novel, manages a near-impossible feat: first, he creates an almost absurdly complex narrative structure, bridging more than 100 years of life in Washington State and encompassing multiple points of view, and then he grounds the sublime architechtonic whole in the vividly realized daily lives of characters who exist completely in their individual moments but whose actions reverberate back and forth across time.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lots of books deal with adventure. A few are adventures in reading. Jonathan Evison’s ambitious novel, West of Here is one of them…Evison’s prose is as muscular as his setting.”

    USA Today

  • “Riotously funny…Wonderfully charming.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An expansive, century-spanning novel…West of Here is the kind of work that begs to be called sweeping, with its large cast of characters encompassing multiple eras, sturdy American themes of community and nature, and a style that could be called cinematic…The big picture is pretty impressive.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A booming, bighearted epic.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Sprightly and enthusiastic.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An enjoyable, meaty read—a vision of a place told through the people who find themselves at the edge of America’s idea of itself.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This book is a living, breathing testament to Evison’s singular talent for creating portraits of people who may be fictional, but nevertheless are so vital that one is certain their names must be in a historic register somewhere. Like the people in his book, Evison’s grand ambition seems to have been snatched out of thin air and made real in a way that is simply undeniable.”

    BookPage

  • “Big and unforgettable…West of Here is a sprawling tragicomic novel about identity—national and personal—that’s as entertaining as it is insightful.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A big booming ruckus of a novel…Evison is a tremendously gifted storyteller.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach Cole | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting book. Some parts are dry, but overall Evison paints a vivid, engaging picture of the same town in two very different time periods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie | 2/16/2014

    " Great story! This could have been written as two stories, but was wonderfully mixed into one epic novel of the Pacific Northwest. Part of the story takes place in 1890 with the founders, the other in 2006 with the future generation. Lots of characters, but very easy to keep them all straight. You'll be climbing mountains, parenting, working in a fish factory, dating, building a dam...just about everything that happens in life. Wonderful book, put it on your must read list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/15/2014

    " I just didn't get this book. There were so many characters in both modern times and the flashback 1890 time period, none were very developed and at times it was difficult to keep track of everyone. Perhaps if I was from this part of the country I would have felt a connection to the story. I had to push myself to finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 2/14/2014

    " I found it hard to stay interested in this book, but I slogged through. There were too many stories about too many people - some interesting and some not. And just when I got interested in one person's story, I found myself in a different century with a different story. And I never figured out the Curtis/Thomas thing. If this was based on some Indiana time travel/reincarnation legend, it would have been good to be told something about that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 1/29/2014

    " The story started out entertaining but there are too many protagonists. It would have been much more interesting if the author had followed one or even two families through history rather than sketching out 10 different characters in the past and sketching out 5 more relations in the present. In addition many of the characters were quite 2 dimensional and cliched and the interesting ones were not highlighted enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/27/2014

    " I loved this magnificent saga set over 100 years on Puget Sound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby J | 1/20/2014

    " What a wonderful read. The jump back and forth from the 1890's and today never becomes confusing. And the character development is great. "

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

    " Alternating chapters set in the present day and in the 1890s reflecting the western state of Washington settlement and growth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 1/13/2014

    " I agree with Erin ... wordy but I did enjoy the story, particularly the historical perspective and how their choices impacted their descendants. Fun to read as I've grown up in the PNW. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Carpio | 12/17/2013

    " What an epic? I loved all of these characters especially Krig and Bell. There were many times when I just felt enveloped in the story. I was so engrossed an absorbed in the story. I felt actual pain for some of the characters. I loved the parallel story. I can't say enough good things about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Obenauf | 12/7/2013

    " Epic. This is a sprawling book great for disappearing in over a long weekend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 11/7/2013

    " This book needed an editor "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Livia | 10/24/2013

    " There were too many stories going on; there were about five different stories in each of the two time periods. Chose it for camping in Washington but did not inspire me for the trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Sweet | 3/23/2013

    " I read this in a cabin on Decatur Island last week, so the sense of place was great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merty | 9/5/2012

    " This book had so much promise! I tried to get into it, read 100 pages, and it just wasn't doing anything for me. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Lancaster | 8/18/2012

    " Incredibly ambitious, with a multi-generational sweep and a sense of history that are just breathtaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Brand | 7/5/2012

    " Too many sub stories, too little time to get interested in any of them. I am going to finish but I doubt I will encourage anybody to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlene | 5/18/2012

    " I loved the part that dealt with the past; the present was confusing and disappointing. Maybe the author wanted that. And how depressing is that!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 5/7/2012

    " Juicy novel set in a lightly fictionalized Port Angeles. I really got into the characters and felt lots of kinship with the PNW setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billie | 5/2/2012

    " About 1/3 of the way though the book, I thought that it was too depressing. Too many characters who were losers but the author started tying up pieces of the story and it started to come together. I'm glad I didn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindyjaxn | 10/27/2011

    " This was an easy read and held my attention but it was like 2 stories that you only got half of. Characters never got fully developed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 8/30/2011

    " I was excited to read this book after the reviews and the beginning seemed interesting, but the further I read the more vulgar it got and I will not be finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 5/24/2011

    " Shifting characters and time periods, Evison's novel explores the character of a part of the Olympic Peninsula, or maybe the part stands for the whole, but I especially enjoyed this book because of my awareness of the saga of the Elwha dams, one of which is central to the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/3/2011

    " The historical fiction of the Seattle frontier and Mt. Olympus
    from the 1880's to the present time. Told in many voices and flipping
    back and forth between era's, one does realize that history does
    repeat itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bkamens | 4/29/2011

    " Kept my attention, liked the concept but did not like the mysticism aspect brought late into the story line. A lot of angst without redemption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 4/24/2011

    " Somewhat strange for historical fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlene | 4/23/2011

    " I loved the part that dealt with the past; the present was confusing and disappointing. Maybe the author wanted that. And how depressing is that!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 4/13/2011

    " Not my favorite. I thought the characters were not well developed and did not find empathy with any of them. The story takes place in different time periods, which I usually like, but the connection between the two was not well written in this book. "

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

    " The back and forth plot left me confused and I could not connect with the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wanda | 4/7/2011

    " Really slow & boring to me. Not enough character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendall | 4/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Evison did a great job of jumping back and forth in the history of the town and the affected people of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/4/2011

    " If you are familiar with the Northwest and the Sasquatch legends this will interest you. It does go back and forth between time periods and sometimes I had to go back and check on character names. I found it entertaining. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison lives on an island on the coast of Washington State. His first novel, All About Lulu, won the Washington State Book Award.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.