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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean B. Carroll Narrator: Jim Bond Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781423378082
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Just 150 years ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vastly off the mark. And what we believed to be the history of our own species consisted of fantastic myths and fairy tales; fossils, known for millennia, were seen as the bones of dragons and other imagined creatures. How did we learn so much so quickly? Remarkable Creatures celebrates the pioneers who replaced our fancies with the even more remarkable real story of how our world evolved. Inspired by Humboldt, the first group we meet — Darwin, Wallace, and Bates — returned from their explorations with the makings of the theory of evolution. The second group undertook expeditions that produced some of the most spectacular finds in paleontology: Eugene Dubois uncovered Java Man, the first claimed missing link between apes and humans; Charles Walcott located pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon and Cambrian life in the Burgess Shale; and Roy Chapman Andrews unearthed dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert of Mongolia. The discovery of the kinship of dinosaurs and birds and the emergence of the “fishapod” formed more links in the evolutionary chain, as did the work of Louis and Mary Leakey, who for five decades searched for our deepest past in East Africa. The final section of the book moves into the laboratory and the future, following the trailblazers who discovered a time clock in our DNA and extracted ancient DNA from extinct species. Join Carroll and his cast of naturalists for a rousing voyage through the most dramatic adventures and important discoveries in two centuries of natural history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “These scientific adventurers inspire the author—and will do the same for experts and novices alike—with their fearless dedication to getting at the truth, as far as it can be known. A stirring introduction to the wonder of evolutionary biology.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Jim Bond’s capable narration is unobtrusive and appropriate to the subject matter, and the audiobook’s focus on first-person narratives heightens its overall appeal.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2009 Economist Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2009 Financial Times Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction
  • A 2009 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evannn | 2/12/2014

    " It took me a long time to finish this book, but I'm glad I did. It can get a bit dry at times (or maybe I was just impatient), but it's a wonderful look into the lives and work of some of the most important contributors to our collective knowledge of the natural sciences. Very worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany Hale | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting read, it wasn't the torture I thought it would be but I'm still happy I can finally move on to a book that wasn't a required read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doruk | 2/2/2014

    " Scientists are awesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/22/2014

    " Biographical sketches of scientists and naturalists who made vital contributions to evolutionary science. Carroll has a gift for bringing characters to life; his writing is engaging and informative, making sometimes complicated science accessible to the average reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/20/2014

    " Reads like a page-turner even if you know a lot of the territory already. Includes the guy who provided inspiration for Indiana Jones. The real story is a lot more interesting than the movies, and the movies are GREAT! And pictures. Dinosaur FEATHERS. Dinosaur EGGS! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandrea | 1/14/2014

    " This book was both accessible to the general reader yet detailed enough for the more science-oriented reader. It strikes a good balance and effectively narrates some of the most fascinating evolutionary discoveries. A surprisingly fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Cole | 12/31/2013

    " Book club read, and everyone loved it. Bogged down a little at the end, but man are the stories he distills for the early explorers amazing. The writing is pretty adept, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 10/9/2013

    " History of some of the greatest discoveries in evolutionary biology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/12/2012

    " These are all fascinating stories but this is geared toasted people who don't have a background in anthropology or the sciences so I was already familiar with all of this material. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brock | 8/30/2012

    " The science in this book was too abbreviated. Apparently the author was attempting to pique the interest of readers unfamiliar with the basics of evolution. Despite this, some stories were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 7/29/2012

    " I for the most part enjoyed the book. But than again, I find all of this fascinating. My only complaint was that it tended to drag when the author focused on the data and I was concerned that my other bookclub members would become bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/22/2012

    " Very well written; author tells stories of some of the most dramatic adventures and important discoveries in the last two centuries of natural history. Accounts of Darwin, Leakey, Pauling, and more. It brings to life the pursuit and pleasure of scientific discovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 6/7/2012

    " Various characters from German explorer Humboldt (now I know for whom the county is named!) through Darwin and up through modern scientists, all seeking clues to the origin of species. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynn | 4/9/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read books about many of the people the author is writing about (the Remarkable Creatures of the title) and this book brings their stories together in a really concise and intelligent way, with a bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/5/2012

    " Interesting overview of scientists and their discoveries or theories on evolution of spieces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Rhoades | 10/20/2011

    " A fun and enlightening book about the character's who shaped the science of evolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Wiggins | 9/26/2011

    " This is solid retelling of some the most important discoveries in evolution. I recommend it as a must read for those just embarking in evolutionary science and aren't quite ready something more in-depth and data heavy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kingmont | 9/3/2011

    " As a biologist, I loved learning the backstory for many famous scientists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Holden | 7/18/2011

    " Great book about discoveries in Natural History "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/16/2011

    " Best science book I've ever read. Good writing and like reading a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 6/16/2011

    " I wasn't sure I would like this book - but my son is a budding paleontologist -- and I trust my friend Heidi's recommendation. Its a very well written book. Even if you have a little interest in evolution. If you have a large interest - even better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 5/4/2011

    " This resonated - it illustrates the interplay of chance and effort required to conduct research. I plan on asking my doctoral students to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/9/2011

    " History of some of the greatest discoveries in evolutionary biology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/16/2010

    " A good summary of some of the main players in evolutionary theory...but not much more than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/16/2010

    " This is solid retelling of some the most important discoveries in evolution. I recommend it as a must read for those just embarking in evolutionary science and aren't quite ready something more in-depth and data heavy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 6/14/2010

    " The foreword starts off a little bombastic, but once you're into the chapters, the tone changes and is easier to read. Each chapter revolves around people involved in developing the theory of evolution, from the people who influenced Darwin to those who are currently working on DNA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 5/23/2010

    " This was fun. The first half was particularly good, though the second half slowed down a bit. Still, it was interesting and educational. Also, I was surprised at how much biologists have learned since I originally learned this stuff in school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 5/3/2010

    " A fun and enlightening book about the character's who shaped the science of evolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 4/10/2010

    " Biographical sketches of scientists and naturalists who made vital contributions to evolutionary science. Carroll has a gift for bringing characters to life; his writing is engaging and informative, making sometimes complicated science accessible to the average reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 2/13/2010

    " Sean Carroll tells the dramatic stories of the naturalists, anthropologists, paleontologists, chemists and biologists whose discoveries help tell the real story of how our world evolved. For the non-scientist he explains the exciting evolution of man and his world and it is a thrilling story. "

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About the Author

Sean B. Carroll is a professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

About the Narrator

Jim Bond is a writer and audiobook narrator who has voiced nearly two hundred titles including Blood Is the Sky, Escape the Rat Race, A Thousand Country Roads, and many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.