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From the moment she's struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has "the eye"-and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is barred from the academic community; as a young woman with unusual interests she is suspected of sinful behavior. Nature is a threat, throwing bitter, cold storms and landslips at her. And when she falls in love, it is with an impossible man.

Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a recent exile from London, who also loves scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

©2010 Tracy Chevalier; (P)2010 Penguin

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I enjoyed this novel very much. An unusual story. Leads with the imagination.

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  • Loie
  • cary, NC, United States
  • 04-23-12

This one took a while

My husband and I listened to this book during a 14 hour round trip. At first we weren't sure that we liked the story. It took us both almost the first 1/4 to say that we were enjoying it. I thought having the story told from both Mary and Elizabeth's points of view made the story more interesting. The narrator did a very good job of depicting both main characters so it was easy to identify who was talking.
I had forgotten that this was based on actual people and events. After listening to the story, I find myself wanting to visit Lyme.

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LOVED THIS BOOK

I was so entraptured by the story of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. The fact that they are real life characters made this book so much more intrigueing and entertaining. The narrators do a fantastic job of depicting the characters. A great book, highly recommended!

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  • SALINA, KS, United States
  • 12-31-11

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If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Remarkable Creatures?

The second half.

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Takes you back in time.

I enjoyed this book as it really brings you to the scene of the small Wales village. Insight into the status women held and the social issues they faced. Charlotte Parry was an excellent narrator. Loved the accent.

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…because reading is so personal -- like clothing or food. But I must say this book was a huge disappointment. I have read (or listened to) everything Chevalier has written. I love them all, so it was a big surprise to get one-quarter of the way through this book only to feel like I wasn't going to make it to the end. I did, and it didn't get any better. The story was really awful. I can get through a reader who is not so great, but if the story isn't compelling, there's nothing the reader can do for the book. It's like an actor in a bad play. To be frank, I finished the book this morning and cannot recall if the performance helped the story in any way. It certainly couldn't hurt it.

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