West of Here

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jonathan Evison

Narrated By: Edoardo Ballerini

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: January 2011

Duration: 16 hours 34 minutes

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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  • Marty

    Rambling, hard to follow and too many gratuitous F bombs for my taste. Never could get interested in any of the characters, nor the story.

  • Skyler

    I really liked the dual stories of pioneers/explorers and contemporaries of Washington state's Olympic peninsula. While lots of characters are introduced to the listener, they are interesting, quirky, realistic and flawed people. The main story line is torn from today's headlines - the removal of a century old dam to restore a salmon fishery. We see how the area is explored and exploited, at the same time we see how the modern day descendants struggle with a bad economy and changed social values. A great listen.