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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Chevalier Narrator: Charlotte Parry, Susan Lyons Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A voyage of discoveries, a meeting of two remarkable women, and extraordinary time and place enrich bestselling author Tracy Chevalier's enthralling new novel

From the moment she’s struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has “the eye”—and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is barred from the academic community; as a young woman with unusual interests she is suspected of sinful behavior. Nature is a threat, throwing bitter, cold storms and landslips at her. And when she falls in love, it is with an impossible man.

Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a recent exile from London, who also loves scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Each of these two characters tells a first-person story, and Susan Lyons gives Elizabeth Philpot the diction, reserve, subdued tones, and poise expected of a gentlewoman and shades her with idiosyncrasies, passions, and palpable loneliness. Charlotte Parry is convincing as a callow, coarse Mary Anning, and listeners will witness her gradual maturing and refinement as the story unfolds.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Superbly creating a unique setting, as she did in The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Chevalier captures the atmosphere of a chilly, blustery coast and an oppressive social hierarchy in real Dickensian fashion.”

    Library Journal

  • “Mary and Elizabeth thrive, and the novel glories in their substantial achievements against considerable odds. Shines a light on women usually excluded from history-and on the simple pleasures of friendship.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the January 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise | 2/17/2014

    " This book was okay. Nothing special but it's a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jen Niemi | 2/15/2014

    " Very slow. Hard to make myself finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/11/2014

    " This is a sweet little book. The characters are fleshed out and engaging and I got a kick out of the focus, with the famous figures of Buckland, Conybere, Cuvier and Lyell secondary to the quiet lives of the female fossil hunters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeannette | 2/9/2014

    " I did not like this quite as much as Girl With a Pearl Earring, but it was engaging enough to finish in a couple of days. I would have liked to see drawings or maps included since she spends so much time discussing the types of fossils and the places where the characters found them. Although Chevalier takes some liberty with events and conversations, the story is plausible and interesting. "

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