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
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (ca. 10 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lyons, Susan
Parry, Charlotte

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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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