Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Unabridged CDs, 8 CDs, 10 hours
Read by Susan Lyons and Charlotte Parry
A voyage of discoveries, a meeting of two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich bestselling author, Tracy Chevalier's enthralling new novel.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2010.
ISBN: 9780143145301
0143145304
Branch Call Number: FIC Cheva
Characteristics: 8 audio discs (approximately 10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lyons, Susan 1957-
Parry, Charlotte

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JCLJoyceM Oct 31, 2017

Tracy Chevalier has turned fossils, a subject which normally bores me, into an engaging historical novel. Who would have thought that a book which also touches on creationism and extinct species could be exciting?
Chevalier is a masterful storyteller because she takes these normally dull subjects and creates an intriguing tale of attitudes in the early 1800s. The community of collectors (the more educated and well-to-do) vs. the fossil hunters (the poor who sell these items to put food on their table.) The book inspired me to look up some of the sea creatures found in the fossils and I was surprised to find that Mary Anning was a real person, as were most of the characters in the book.
This was my first Tracy Chevalier novel, and I have read two others since. This is my favorite so far.

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IV27HUjg
May 14, 2016

Really enjoyed the book, not the audio.

rocka3 Aug 17, 2015

A terrific visual story.Can be a fine movie in the right hands.The book starts off slow and "POW" it comes alive.Great story telling, especially about fossil hunting along a British seaside village in the 1800's. Also about a poor village girl, who's passion for fossil hunting is inspirational.Both readers were very good.

Maggie_Rose520 Oct 13, 2012

I think that this was one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard. I loved the progression of the characters, especially Mary Anning. The reader for her was able to convey her maturity by softening the voice; you could hear Mary’s growth in the voice. I was very impressed by story itself as well. I couldn’t help thinking about Austen and her novels while I listened to Chevalier’s opinion on 19th Century spinsterhood and the female perspective of the Victorian era. I felt frustrated by the circumstances of the protagonists and while Remarkable Creatures is no romantic Austen Novel, I loved reading about the harsher, more realistic side of Victorian feminism.

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jstricklen
Jan 20, 2012

I enjoyed the reading and the accents used by the narrators. Overall, I very much enjoyed the story of Mary Anning and her remarkable success. I have to agree with some other critics that the book put too much emphasis on Elizabeth Philpot's perspective and treated Mary as somewhat immature. I honestly don't know what she was like, but I suspect that she was much more capable in worldly matters than the book implies.

A very good story, one that really dragged me in and made me sympathetic to the characters. I was very saddened to learn that Mary died of breast cancer at a young age. (The book ends before this, so I didn't give anything away).

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Leabee
Mar 19, 2011

Regional accents by the narrator were a bit annoying. Historically correct, I'm sure, but an unpleasant accent and so detracted from the storytelling. Might make a better read than a listen.

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JCLJoyceM Aug 30, 2017

It (extinction) challenges our belief in an all-knowing, all-powerful God and raises questions about his intentions. . . . I am comfortable with reading the Bible figuratively rather than literally. For instance, I think the six days in Genesis are not literal days, but different periods of creation, so that it took many thousands --- or hundreds of thousands of years --- to create. It does not demean God; it simply gives Him more time to build this extraordinary world.

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