Narrator Jim Killavey's slight, distinctive accent perfectly conjures Henry David Thoreau's bookish intelligence and well-honed sense of humor in these meditations inspired by Cape Cod. Killavey performs Thoreau's observations with relish as he marvels at the sublime beauty of the seascape and considers the local history with a sharp eye, recounting the seizure of Eastham from the native population with a satirical spirit. While Killavey maintains Thoreau's unsentimental tone throughout the audiobook, he also makes apparent to listeners that many of these eloquent reflections were haunted by the consumptive Thoreau's awareness of his impending mortality.
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"Jim Killavey reads Thoreau's thoughtful travelogue about the sea, the beaches, and the spirit of Cape Cod, and it is a very enjoyable recording." (Booklist)
Thoreau writes a very nice natural and sociological account of Cape Cod of his time, and I would have given it 4 stars were it not for the narrator. The reading seemed very close to robotic in the first third of the book. I don't know if it improved slightly as the book went on, or I just got used to it. I do appreciate that the narrator speaks in a New England accent, and for all I know (not being familiar with it), this may be a very natural example of that regional way of speaking. For me, though, it could use Garrison Keillor's more homey and natural touch in describing commonplace things. It is, though, a very good book for anyone interested in the Cape way of life during this period, and of the natural history of the area.
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