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Enchanting

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Reviewed: 2020-10-03

I loved how the author engaged the senses in her description of life in the 1600s. It was a vivid, poetic, moving story. Really enjoyed the narration as well.

Loved the epilogue

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2020-07-26

This book is so poetic. It is to be savored over multiple days, instead of at one stretch. I found myself musing on its contents at night. I was happy that he referenced Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, which has a similar meditative feel to it. And the epilogue stands on its own as a beautiful short essay.

I listened to it in a day

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Reviewed: 2020-07-14

I enjoyed this so much. The humor, the observation, and the window into the maturing of a boy into teenage hood and then adulthood. I didn’t want to stop listening.

Like an extended Mythbusters

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2020-07-03

I listened to this on a road trip with my 11 yr old son, who is very interested in submarines. The book held our attention throughout. I really enjoyed the combination of science, history, and personal journey. The author wove together many interesting layers of complexity.

Casaubon’s letter

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Reviewed: 2020-02-22

I was hooked on this book, on hearing Casaubon’s letter proposing marriage. That letter itself is a masterpiece. Thoroughly enjoyed the social commentary in this story, and the narrator really brought the characters to life. I enjoyed it so much more than if I had read the paper version.

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