To the Bright Edge of the World

Version: Unabridged
Author: Eowyn Ivey
Narrator: John Glouchevitch
Genres: Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: August 2016
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return--once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him.

The Wolverine River Valley is not only breathtaking and forbidding but also terrifying in ways that the colonel and his men never could have imagined. As they map the territory and gather information on the native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his men discover the blurred lines between human and wild animal, the living and the dead. And while the men knew they would face starvation and danger, they cannot escape the sense that some greater, mysterious force threatens their lives.

Meanwhile, on her own at Vancouver Barracks, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She does not know that the winter will require as much of her as it does her husband, that both her courage and faith will be tested to the breaking point. Can her exploration of nature through the new art of photography help her to rediscover her sense of beauty and wonder?

The truths that Allen and Sophie discover over the course of that fateful year change both of their lives--and the lives of those who hear their stories long after they're gone--forever.

'An epic adventure story that seems heir to the tradition of Melville's own sweeping and ambitious literary approach to the age-old struggle of humans versus nature . . . An absorbing and high-stakes read.' -- Kathleen Rooney, Chicago Tribune
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Book
A Goodreads Choice Award Nominee
A Library Journal Top 10 Book of the Year
A BookPage Best Book of the Year

Reviews (3)


Written by Mark S. on August 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book has something for everyone. Sure, it is a grand love story, and by definition, it is historical fiction, but it is also a roaring adventure tale. Told through log entries, diaries, and letters, everything we experience is told through the eyes of one of the characters, rather than by an omniscient narrator. The readers speak clearly and perform their characters well.


Written by Claudia D. on May 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

To the Bright Edge of the World is a wonderful book. Listening to the audiobook was a challenge because the narration changes so often between characters, places, and times, but the readers were excellent, and the book drew me in and on enough that it worked for me.

Written by Riona M on September 24th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I cannot comment on the narration of this book because I read it myself. Old school I know. But I had to write a review on how much I enjoyed this book. It takes a while to get used to the format but once you get used to it, it's an entirely gripping story. I was totally intrigued!

Author Details

Author Details

Ivey, Eowyn

Eowyn Ivey is the author of To the Bright Edge of the World and The Snow Child, her debut novel. The Snow Child, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and an international bestseller published in twenty-six languages. Ivey earned her BA in journalism and creative writing from Western Washington University and studied creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska. She is a founding member of 49 Writers, Alaska's first statewide writing center, and lives in her native Alaska with her husband and two daughters.