The Outermost House is a classic of American nature literature.
In 1926, Henry Beston spent two weeks in a two-room cottage on the sand dunes of Cape Cod. He had not intended to stay longer, but, as he later wrote, "I lingered on, and as the year lengthened into autumn, the beauty and mystery of this earth and outer sea so possessed and held me that I could not go."
Beston stayed for a year, meditating on humanity and the natural world. In The Outermost House, originally published in 1928, he poetically chronicled the four seasons at the beach: the ebb and flow of the tides, the migration of birds, storms, stars, and solitude. The landscape was his major character, and his writing provides a snapshot of the Cape, a place physically changed yet still as soulful 80 years later.
Like Henry D. Thoreau before him, and Rachel Carson after him, Beston was a writer of stunning beauty, importance, and vision. Robert Finch once wrote of him, "His are burnished, polished sentences, richly metaphoric and musical, that beg to be read aloud."
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If you love the Cape, you'll love this book.
I very much enjoy having an audio version as well as a hard copy of this timeless classic. Henry Beston's year long observations are a delight. I revisit this book every time I go to the Cape, and I had no objection to the narrator.
Classic book, but lifeless reader
Henry Beston's "The Outermost House" is a classic of American literature in the nature/environmental genre, and a master class in descriptive writing. It's beautifully wrought, and veryone should experience it.
Unfortunately, the narrator of this audiobook has no personality whatsoever. You would be hard pressed to find a more lifeless presentation -- absolutely flat. A classic work like this deserves better. Skip this audiobook, and just read the book instead, and give imbue it with some life of your own.