West of Here

  • by Jonathan Evison
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the rugged mudflats of the Northwestern frontier to a rusting strip mall, West of Here is a conversation between two epochs. In his eagerly awaited second novel, Jonathan Evison tells the stories of the people who first inhabited the mythical town of Port Bonita in Washington State from 1887-1891. Moving ahead more than a century to 2005-06, he introduces those who live there now and must deal with the damage done by their predecessors.
The characters are drawn with compassion and truth, the themes are grand and sweeping: regeneration, the trappings of history, the elusive nature of perception, who makes footprints and who follows them. Evison writes with heart and verve, capturing evocative details and unforgettable scenes.

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"Deserves national acclaim." (Library Journal)

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Very disappointing

First of all, I love sagas. I particularly like historical fiction. and so I was very interested in listening to this book. However, there are so many characters, separated by more than a century, that the thread (and interest) is hard to follow. I really didn't identify with or care about any of the various characters or their plights. I haven't listened to the reader before and I thought that he was good. So I plodded through most of the book and gave up half way through the second part...something that I almost never do.
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- MEMcL

If You've Been to Port Angeles - Read This Book

Janathan Evison encapsulates what nobody I have met has been able to describe - 21st Century Port Angeles, Washington. This book is for readers craving to make sense of the funeral pyre that is rural Washington's logging and fishing industries. Port Angeles is a dying town, but it still refuses to give up its last breath. That's because its descendants carry a legacy of hard working, hard drinking, and cold fishing in their blood. They live and bleed the stamina of their forbearers. The community survives because it was built to survive. It's a strange magic that draws you in.

West of Here is a journey into the lives of people that you will never meet because you don't live in Port Angeles (Port Bonita in the book). But, you should meet them and get to know them through Evison's characters. They have something to teach you about yourself. Every character in his book is just a little bit of you. If you don't like his characters it may be because they hit too close to home. Don't let that stop you...it takes guts to look into a mirror.

This book is a must read for anyone trying to make sense of the often strange yet compelling Western maritime legacy. It juxtaposes the sea with the wilderness, men against mountains, and lovers against themselves. I think this novel is gutsy and refreshing. Try it with a mind open to seeing the unfamiliar landscape of the Western mind.
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- Craig "I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books