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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: January 2010 ISBN: 9781101154458
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judystitches | 2/7/2014

    " Simply fascinating. I love Tracy Chevalier's style, research. Found out later that this is a true story about real women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 2/1/2014

    " A good reminder about the many women involved in so many "discoveries" that men were given credit for - a novel based on the true story of young Mary Anning, who, on the English coast in the early 1800s, scouted for "curies" (curiosities) to sell to help keep her family fed. Her keen eye and patience with digging fossils out of the cliffs on the beach (and a bit of support from a local "spinster")made her popular with the geologists and naturalists, but made her an object of suspicion by her fellow villagers, who saw her discoveries as casting doubts on their beliefs about God's intact creations. A good read about the efforts of Mary's supporter to get Mary the recognition she deserved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting but slow moving "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela Pieters | 1/25/2014

    " This was a slow read but I still enjoyed getting to know the characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindzie | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed the historical aspect of this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Moorhead | 1/17/2014

    " Although the going was slow at first, I found myself swept up in the times and lives of the two main characters and subordinate characters as well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Townley | 8/31/2013

    " Didn't know if I would get into this book, but I did and actually kept looking forward to picking it up each night. Glad I decided to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Kaufman | 7/6/2013

    " Nothing remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna Rooy | 7/5/2013

    " This was a surprising good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Reid | 4/26/2013

    " Writing is alright. The subject matter fascinated me...went on to read some non-fiction on this topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 9/10/2012

    " This is a good book - kept me interested though not exactly a "page turner". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Chaya | 8/16/2012

    " Lovely story combining science, history, women's rights, evolution and friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat Mckaig | 6/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I read it while I was on a trip to rural Yambio, and it provided a compelling, interesting story. The two main characters are admirable each in their own way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Morrow | 6/25/2012

    " Excellent enriching read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 4/1/2012

    " Although this book was a bit slow in places I really loved the historical figures of Mary Anning and the Philpots. Learning of the fossils was inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Nielsen | 2/17/2012

    " Fantastic book, especially for those of us who love paleontology and have taken the science for granted. I never imagined what it would be like to live in a world that didn't know about the expansive history of our earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 2/12/2012

    " Nice period depiction with interesting approach to social issues. Liked two voices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne Tommy | 9/7/2011

    " Much better than some of her other books (I found Burning Bright hard to finish but I did like Girl with a Pearl Earring), I really enjoyed this tale based on true events. The characters were endearing and the subject matter (fossils) was quite fasincating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shammy | 7/31/2011

    " I like it,.,,soft and light reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth Frisby | 6/18/2011

    " I couldn't get on with this book of hers, but have loved all others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Rennell | 6/9/2011

    " Story of two women who made important discoveries in archeology. Interesting read but not a "wow" book. historical fiction written about actual people who lived in the early 1800's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 5/18/2011

    " Historical fiction of two women in the early 1800s in Lyme Regis, who discovered the fossils of dinosaurs. Nothing much happens but the time in history and how women were viewed is interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/16/2011

    " I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I was sad for it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/16/2011

    " 3.5 Loved that is was based on a true story - fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting historical fiction based on the lives of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. After reading this book, it made me want to go see the beaches around Lyme Regis, England. Would I find a fossil instead of a shell on their beaches? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 5/12/2011

    " Not a real page turner....but I still enjoyed the history. So much of it is very hard for me to imagine ever being. Very enlightening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretel | 5/11/2011

    " I don't even know what to rate this book. I was so bored I had to stop. Sorry friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 5/10/2011

    " This book was good, but somewhat a disappointment after having already read Curiosity by Joan Thomas, which is much more beautifully written, and much more detailed. I would recommend Curiosity over Remarkable Creatures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/10/2011

    " I really loved this book. Tracy Chevalier is a great author, and I like reading about different time periods. I thought it was based on real people as I was reading it - not sure now... I wonder how science and religious groups really dealt with the discovery of extinct species - was it a threat? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/9/2011

    " Loved this book, historical novel about an uneducated woman who changed the course of science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/9/2011

    " I read The Lady and The Unicorn and felt it was a bit lacking in the character and historical elements. Remarkable Creatures however was completely enjoyable. I was excited and interested through out the story. The local and the time period because a character of its own and I was enthralled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/9/2011

    " Listened to most of disc one today--so far so good.Overall it was a good story. "

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About the Author
Author Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels.

About the Narrators

Charlotte Parry has performed in several Broadway plays, including the revival of The Winslow Boy and The Importance of Being Earnest. Also an accomplished narrator, she has read several audiobooks for Recorded Books and Random House.

Susan Lyons has appeared on numerous television shows, including A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Something in the Air, and All Saints. Among her film credits are Winds of Jarrah and In a Savage Land. She is married to Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays.