David Winkler spends his life in places and situations that seem extreme contrasts- from Anchorage to Ohio to Caracus and St. Vincent. Water in all its forms is the unifying theme- encompassing childhood wonder, adult concern, distance, danger, scientific investigation and fascination with life in general. I was drawn in by the dreams- but in the end was captured by the lives of each unique character and the challenge of each unique setting. I found the story unpredictable and deep, with connections to the past finding there way into every unusual situation. There is a strong, somewhat unorthodox message about family, friends, and what it means to care about others. A nice mix of science, travel and the complexity of humanity.
Listening to Jane Fonda read her own autobiography is a treat. Her perspective of events that are so memorable- whether personal accounts of people we all know of, or events in the news- her story takes us through a tumultuous time. Her defensiveness shows through in the most threatening accounts, but overall she presents a clear narration from her viewpoint and experience. Interesting.
Smithy takes off on his journey rather awkwardly, to say the least. Getting to know his family and reliving significant lifetime events is yet another journey. Along the way, we meet seemingly unrelated characters in situations that are unexpected and vastly varied. Smithy faces a call for closure, and meets it in all aspects of his life. The narration was simply satisfying- enhancing the experience of the story itself.
The story becomes nearly unbelievable in spots, and is conspicuously predictable on a large scale- which is why my rating is not a 5
Wonderfully enlightening, pulls together the history and evolution of scientific knowledge on a wide range of topics. Light, yet factual. I particularly appreciated the glimpse into the lives and personalities of the people who have contributed to our understanding of the world around us! Frequent opportunities to relate this to conversations, news and observations every day.
One of the most unique stories I have ever read. I tend to prefer books with a basis in science- Crichton, Cornwell types- and can be critical if facts don't mesh. This story kept me spellbound- with time as a variable, it seemed inevitable that something would seem out of place along the way- but the author is amazing! Her sense of personality development over time, and the complexity of what has and has not happened in the lives of each character at a given moment provides delightful encounters within the story and fascinating revelations for the reader. I was in awe at how time travel wove the story together out-of-order, but so strategicly . . .the significance of each scene is revealed subtly as the story unravels. Only two regrets- the ending seemed hollower than I expected (I suppose life is that way)- I wanted more of a sense that the story continued . . . and I often wished I could refer back to previous chapters - to follow the sequence of events more closely for each character. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more by this talented writer!
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