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The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel | [Alice Hoffman]

The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.
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Publisher's Summary

From the beloved, best-selling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the 20th century.

Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as an apprentice tailor. When Eddie captures with his camera the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance.

New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Hoffman at her most spellbinding.

©2014 Alice Hoffman (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 07-07-14
    N. Possas Phoenx, AZ 07-07-14 Member Since 2004

    Peeved in Phoenix

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    "Judith Light ruins this book"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm about a third of the way through the book but Judith Light's narration is so irritating that I don't think I'll be able to listen to the rest of it. She reads this book like she's reading a fairy tale to a kindergartener. Just awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping that I would be able to buy this book on my Kindle and read the parts that Judith Light narrates but it's not offered. What a disappointment!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 03-19-14
    Donna 03-19-14
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    "Great History"

    Excellent history-based fiction about New York City, Coney Island, and how terrible women and children were treated in the early 1900s. Alice Hoffman does an outstanding job of bringing multiple characters to life. My grandmother and mother worked for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) in the 1950-60's, so the references to working conditions fifty years earlier was extremely interesting and horrifying.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Becker 08-31-15
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    "Interesting story, horrible performance"
    What did you love best about The Museum of Extraordinary Things?

    I loved that the author was able to delve into the personal and intimate stories of charcters living through two actual historical events. Ms. Hoffman's writing urged the reader to continue following the path of the story as she unveiled it bit by bit.


    What other book might you compare The Museum of Extraordinary Things to and why?

    It reminded me a bit of Water for Elephants


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No. Judith Light, while a wonderful actress, was a horrible narrator! I was excited to see that it was her narrating when I purchased the book, but my excitement quickly faded. Many of the passages were read so quickly that I had to rewind and listen again to understand the words she was saying. Additionally, when she read quotations from characters,mher voice became incredibly robotic in a very strange way.


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    Kathy 08-30-15
    Kathy 08-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Alice Hoffman"

    I wasn't sure I would like this book because of the historical setting but I have to say I was totally caught up in the characters and story. Only she can weave reality mixed with magic into a mesmerizing tale. Would definitely recommend this book.

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    Amazon Customer 08-27-15
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    Had a hard time listening to this. Think it will be a better read instead. I wasn't able to finish it.

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    Brittney Blair 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Extraordinary"

    Simply one of the greatest stories I've "read" with absolute compelling characters. The voices are excellent and the entire book is delightful. Highly recommended.

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-06-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Extraordinary!"

    It has history, intrigue, mystery, romance, magic and a wonderful way of telling stories. The way it's told is what I enjoyed the most two protagonists and one narrator that keeps things moving along. If you enjoy or are in the mood for something really different, pick up this listen.

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    Janice Deneau 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Alice Hoffman knows how to touch our hearts. Her characters are well developed and fit together in a cohesive enjoyable.

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    Compute 04-30-15
    Compute 04-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unique"

    What an unusual book. Alice Hoffman has a unique writing style. I read the Dovekeepers and this book and at the conclusion felt the same way. Good book but very unusual. This book wasn’t as good as the Dovekeepers, but it was unique and good in its own way. The characters were unusual and the plot was bazaar with twists and turns every step of the way. It was one of those books that I just kept reading, yet didn’t feel a sense of satisfaction when it was completed. Maybe that was because of the sadness and pain of the majority of the characters. Definitely different, but worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Boca Raton, FL, United States 04-21-15
    Harriet Boca Raton, FL, United States 04-21-15

    Teach art history at a local college.

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    "New York:A New Century, A New City"
    What did you like best about The Museum of Extraordinary Things? What did you like least?

    Weaving in and out of events at the turn of the century, Hoffman describes the immigrant
    experience in believable and vivid details. It's possible to connect the Triangle Shirtwaist fire to the events of 9/11. The young victims who leapt from the windows seem as real as the televised events, and the stories are just as heartbreaking.

    The least enjoyable aspect of this story were the cardboard characters whose back stories we could not fathom: Eddie's father and the so-called professor.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This narrative would be greatly improved with a different reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Judith Light is a wonderful actress, as evidenced in "Transparent," but she is not the narrator I would have wished for. In places, the dreaminess of her voice reminded me of reading a child's goodnight story; it was almost soporific and I had to remind myself about the tale and it's adult themes.

    When Cora and Eddie were adult, and could speak their own stories, the narrative was engrossing. When Light read those parts, it was distressing because she used the same tone for each.


    Was The Museum of Extraordinary Things worth the listening time?

    I listen to many books. There are those whose narrator makes it impossible to continue, and generally I don't finish them. Hoffman is an excellent writer, and the story line was compelling. So despite the narrator, I continued to listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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