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I am about three quarters finished with this. The narrator seems to perfectly embody the tone of the author: wry, slightly self-deprecating, and fairly obsessed with his quest to learn everything he can about the fate of the lost bath toys. Along the way he travels far from home to take voyages on a variety of ships, learning about, among other things, plastics manufacture, cargo shipping, oceanography, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Hohn contrasts the happy innocence of the rubber duckie with the darker elements of man's impact on the planet. The author never loses his interest in his quest and I have found it mesmerizing. The descriptions are vivid and beautifully written. And if Hohn, the author, does not sound in real life like Welch, the narrator, he should!
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So many times I struggled to stay with this book. I don't mind occassional, even more frequent, tangents but at times the author kept takung a leap and then many more off that tangent before heading back. I appreciate the research he did but we don't need to know every tidbit unearthed. Also, skipping from dry as dirt recitations of molecular composition to recounting what sounded like stoner conversation was annoying. Some serious editing would make this an interesting, more coherent read or listen.