Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel Audiobook, by Shelby Van Pelt Play Audiobook Sample

Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Marin Ireland, Michael Urie Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063204188

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

68

Longest Chapter Length:

22:39 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

29 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

09:57 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

A New York Times Bestseller!

A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Remarkably Bright Creatures is a beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed, cracked open, with the slightest touch from another living thing.” -- Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here

For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. 

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

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"Remarkably Bright Creatures is a spellbinding novel about the unlikely bond formed between a grieving widow and an octopus at the aquarium where she works. The book follows Tova Sullivan as she deals with her husband's death and her son's mysterious disappearance many years prior. To cope with her grief, she takes on a custodial night job at an aquarium, where she forms an unexpected connection with Marcellus, a giant octopus. Through their friendship, Tova finds solace in her dark times and finally starts to move forward. Shelby Van Pelt's writing is remarkable; she easily captures the struggles of both characters while also exploring themes of hope and resilience in difficult circumstances. The combination of Van Pelt's story-telling prowess along with Marin Ireland and Michael Urie's vivid narration makes this title a must-listen for anyone in the mood for a uniquely heartwarming story. Highly recommended and a remarkable debut from this author!"

— Pickleball Queen (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “[A] beautiful novel about friendship and family.”

    — Good Housekeeping
  • “A wholly original meditation on grief and the bonds that keep us afloat.”

    — Elle
  • “The best books about grief find a way to illuminate the darkness of loss, and Remarkably Bright Creatures offers a masterclass.”

    — Marie Claire
  • “About what it feels like to have love taken from you, only to find it again in the most unexpected places…Memorable and tender.”

    — Washington Post
  • “[A] brilliant upcoming novel about hope and reckoning.”

    — Business Insider

Awards

  • A May 2022 LibraryReads Pick
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller in Mysteries
  • A Read with Jenna Today Show Pick
  • A Libro.fm Audio bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • A Chicago Tribune Pick for Summer
  • A USA Today Pick of Summer Books
  • A Southern Living Magazine Pick of Summer's Best Books
  • Finalist for the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year

Remarkably Bright Creatures Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
5 Stars: 14
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Narration: 4.92857142857143 out of 54.92857142857143 out of 54.92857142857143 out of 54.92857142857143 out of 54.92857142857143 out of 5 (4.93)
5 Stars: 13
4 Stars: 1
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Story: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
5 Stars: 14
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Richard Pero, 2/4/2024
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    " Lovely story told from the perspective of the octopus. Another reminder of how intelligent they are. "

    — Lynnski, 12/22/2023
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    — MJ, 11/13/2023
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    — Jane Rinker, 10/20/2023
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    " An uplifting story about an octopus. I really enjoyed the narration of the octopus! "

    — Mary, 7/16/2023
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    " Shelby Van Pelt has a gift that we all wish we had to formulate a new interesting story that leaves wanting more. The character development was perfect, to include Marcelius (the Star). We learn things about a very very smart creature that we do not think about, but has sure peaked my interest in learning more about. "

    — SAL, 4/14/2023
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    — BUI KHANH, 2/23/2023
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I've just completed the audiobook Remarkably Bright Creatures - what a delight to listen to! This is a truly charming story of friendship between a woman named Tova and Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus. Marin Ireland, Michael Urie breathe life into this remarkable tale with their narration, creating a sweet but also melancholic atmosphere. The complexity of the characters is masterfully portrayed, making this audiobook an engaging and highly emotional listening experience. Highly recommended and definitely an author to watch! "

    — Shelly S., 1/12/2023
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    — Elizabeth Burton, 1/5/2023
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    — 12/10/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was a recent book club pick and for those who love novels about animal-human friendships, “Remarkably Bright Creatures” certainly stands out from the crowd. As well as being a story delving into themes such as loss and redemption, it also serves as an opportunity to learn more about the astonishingly complex inner lives of cephalopod creatures such as octopuses. This thought-provoking novel draws you in through vivid descriptions that bring to life both land-based and underwater settings. It’s wonderfully narrated by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie in a captivating dual performance that takes this audiobook to a whole other level. Listening to them narrate this story feels like reading a bedtime tale with friends – one part comforting and one part electrifying – making for an emotional rollercoaster ride that I won't soon forget. This remarkable work is a must-listen for anyone looking for a feel-good story with a touch of magic! "

    — Sam R., 11/5/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Remarkably Bright Creatures is an enchanting audio book filled with unique insights and unexpected surprises. Tova Sullivan's world has been shattered by the recent loss of her husband and the disappearance of her son Erik over thirty years ago while he was boating in Puget Sound. When she starts to work at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, she finds solace in making friends with Marcellus the giant Pacific octopus. The story becomes even more absorbing when Marcellus forms an unlikely bond with Tova which helps her to unravel the mystery behind Erik’s disappearance It’s an unusual story no doubt but Remarkably Bright Creatures is sure to leave you glued to your headphones till the end. "

    — Beth P., 10/10/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Remarkably Bright Creatures is a novel with a pretty unique premise to put it mildly. A new employee (and recent widow) at an aquarium becomes friends with an octopus (yeah, no kidding!) that helps her solve the mystery of her son’s disappearance many years ago. It sounds strange but I was really drawn in by this story. The 2 readers do an excellent job at creating this world for you and this audio is perfect for anyone looking for an immersive experience full of heartfelt moments and unexpected surprises. I loved it! "

    — KathL33n, 8/4/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is such a enchanting listening experience! Shelby Van Pelt has crafted a wonderfully unique story that takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions that’s heightened by the very capable and talented narration work by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie, both professional actors I might add. Their spot-on accents and expressive readings truly elevate the book in fine fashion. Very engaging and life affirming! "

    — Vickie D., 7/16/2022

About Shelby Van Pelt

Shelby Van Pelt was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her family. Remarkably Bright Creatures is her first novel.

About the Narrators

Marin Ireland is a voice artist who has won five Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration in 2020. She is an award-winning actress known for her starring role in the Broadway show Reasons to Be Pretty, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She has appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows and television series, including Homeland, Unforgettable, The Killing, The Following, and others.

Marin Ireland is a voice artist who has won five Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration in 2020. She is an award-winning actress known for her starring role in the Broadway show Reasons to Be Pretty, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She has appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows and television series, including Homeland, Unforgettable, The Killing, The Following, and others.