Seeing in the Dark has a sprinkling of magic dust for me. I can listen to it again and again and never get tired of the places it takes me. The narrator (and author) has a soothing and kindly voice that immediately puts me in the perfect frame of mind to listen.
For anyone with an interest in Astronomy and/or observing through a telescope it is a joy to listen to. I bought this book soon after buying a telescope a year ago. It has kept me company in my journey through the amazing moments, and given me the inspiration to carry on during the times of frustration at telescope failures, bad weather, light pollution and dewey optics.
Poetry can be a wonderful thing. This is not a textbook of meteorology. It's the poetry of weather.
If you're looking for the best ratio of fact per dollar this is not the book for you. If you'd like to hear about storms on mountain peaks, the majestic dance of clouds, the people who's lives were in some way changed by their encounter with the forces of weather.. from folklore and fable to software and radar, this could be the book for you.
Tying Down the Wind is the sort of book that takes you on a journey. Similar to Carl Sagan's Cosmos in some respects, it reminds us of the beautiful, lonely and epic forces of nature that are all around us. Sit back and let it carry you away on the wind..
There are three reasons to rate this book 5 stars. The first is the narrator. The book is read to us with professionalism and aplomb. I wish every audio book could be read by this guy. Secondly it's a fascinating story that leaves you caring deeply about it's anti hero. Thirdly, it gives a feel for a seafarer's life 300 years ago.
As the book draws to it's conclusion, after many hours of rich story telling, you cannot help be sad. Every great adventure must come to an end, and this is indeed a great story!
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