Remarkable Creatures

  • by Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by Sarah Le Fevre
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the early 19th century, a windswept beach along the English coast brims with fossils for those with the eye...From the moment she's struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is marked for greatness. When she uncovers unknown dinosaur fossils in the cliffs near her home, she sets the scientific world alight, challenging ideas about the world's creation and stimulating debate over our origins.In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is soon reduced to a serving role, facing prejudice from the academic community, vicious gossip from neighbours, and the heartbreak of forbidden love. Even nature is a threat, throwing bitter cold, storms, and landslips at her.Luckily Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly, intelligent Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who is also fossil-obsessed. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty and barely suppressed envy. Despite their differences in age and background, Mary and Elizabeth discover that, in struggling for recognition, friendship is their strongest weapon.Remarkable Creatures is Tracy Chevalier's stunning new novel of how one woman's gift transcends class and gender to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the 19th century. Above all, it is a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship.


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Would you try another book from Tracy Chevalier and/or Sarah Le Fevre?

I love the way Tracy writes. I can be walking the dog and her stories can transport me to another world. I've read many of Tracy's books and enjoyed every one. This was the first I've listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Would you recommend Remarkable Creatures to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. The beautiful descriptions of the landscape and people.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-24-2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited