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Download The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (686 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Beston Narrator: Brett Barry Publisher: Silver Hollow Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 2/13/2014

    " Just could not force myself to finish this book and I usually read 2-3 books a week! If I had to read one more line about bird tracks in the sand, I think I would scream! Wonderful book if you have a case of insomnia. Will definitely put you to sleep!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Wallace | 2/8/2014

    " Such liquid, magical prose! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kathleen | 2/2/2014

    " A vivid picture of shore life over the course of an entire year. Written in the 1920's from a shack on the great shore of Cape Cod. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/28/2014

    " Like Thoreau, except more poetic. In a word, sublime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/24/2014

    " The work of a literary naturalist, rather Walden-ish. His descriptions of waves, storms and birds are spellbinding. Especially good if you've been to Cape Cod and if you haven't been will make you want to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phair | 1/18/2014

    " Would like to have seen the Cape back when this was written. Pleasant view of the natural history of the beach and dunes through the seasons. Especially liked his observation that people (even then) no longer embrace the night but rather fear it and keep it a bay with lights. He made me long to see the peace and beauty of true night with no human lights to disturb it. The view out my bedroom window is destroyed by mercury lights from a nearby plaza. Also enjoyed learning about how the Coast Guard worked back in the 20's with watchers walking the beach through the night carrying lanterns to signal when they came across a problem. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy Read | 1/15/2014

    " rather too focused on the birds of the cape and not enough on the other aspects of staying alone on the Cape...disappointing...some small sections of bad storms and shipwrecks but not enough to hold my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa Cascade | 11/27/2013

    " Inspirational and evocative. Should be required reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jec | 11/25/2013

    " a great book to sit and enjoy with a cup of tea. oh to be able to have a cabin on the ocean.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 11/21/2013

    " Anyone who loves the outer Cape Cod will read the OuterMost beach". Beston's book of his life in the little house on the great beach infuses the energy and quality og that part of Cape Cod. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 9/28/2013

    " as I read this book my mind was totally living Beston's year in that cabin on the beach.It is amazing to notice all the changes in the enviornment throughout the year when separated from populous man and his harried life and man made creations. I read this book about once a year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 9/24/2013

    " Started to read this for book club, but nature writing is just not my thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/8/2013

    " Loved it! ..worth reading once a year.while on the beach.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dot | 5/6/2013

    " I'm enjoying this much more now than I did 40 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/7/2013

    " Beston spends a year in a Cape Cod beach in a two-room house and observes the ebb and flow of wildlife, weather, and the seasons. His reflections on a year of nature are just the kind I'd like to write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vasha7 | 11/4/2012

    " The prose is stately and old-fashioned, but Beston really has a way of vividly describing the rolling of the waves, the endless winds, and the stars on his silent beach. It's hard to imagine that there's no silence like that any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nissa | 9/21/2012

    " Loved reading about Henry Beston's year staying on Cape Cod alone at Outermost House. If you enjoy nature writing, Thoreau, and/or meditations on nature and life (or simply Cape Cod), you will enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Arra | 8/12/2012

    " A short, but wonderful book, written by one of our nation's early environmentalists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karis North | 5/12/2012

    " Beautiful compact little book about a year on Lifeguard Beach, Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Follows the seasons, the sounds, the wildlife and birds, and the tragedies and joys of living right on the ocean. Clearly, comes close to home for me, and I adored every page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marsha Laya | 1/7/2012

    " Found someone to pass this who lives on cape code. Perfect for her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matea | 9/21/2011

    " A nature writing masterpiece. So very lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vasha7 | 5/28/2011

    " The prose is stately and old-fashioned, but Beston really has a way of vividly describing the rolling of the waves, the endless winds, and the stars on his silent beach. It's hard to imagine that there's no silence like that any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 5/12/2011

    " earth, water, wind, fire; eyes, ears, nose, toes; the experience of life alone on a beach for four full seasons. Read the book before you try it yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/17/2011

    " This book is not for everybody, but I love it, and enjoy going back to it.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 4/6/2011

    " Apparently I don't enjoy nature writing. I only made it to page 15. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 3/23/2011

    " Started to read this for book club, but nature writing is just not my thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/23/2011

    " Like Thoreau, except more poetic. In a word, sublime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/11/2010

    " Loved it! ..worth reading once a year.while on the beach.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett Amy | 12/3/2010

    " I've read this book several times before, but I'm missing the Cape lately, so I'm reading it again. It brings me right back into the world of the dunes and the sea, in all its moods....like coming home again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 10/25/2010

    " Lyrical writing about a year spent in a small home on a Cape Cod beach in the late 1920s. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 8/7/2010

    " Too many details on the natural events on the beach for me, even though I am intrigued by New England. Felt like work. If it was a people story with those details slipped in, I might have enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SueAnn | 4/18/2010

    " This book is meant be read and look at, it does not make a very good audio book. The author describes his life at his Cape Cod cottage so well that I wanted to look at photographs not listen to text. "

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