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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.

Luckily Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly, intelligent Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who is also fossil-obsessed. Despite their differences in age and background, Mary and Elizabeth discover that, in struggling for recognition, friendship is their strongest weapon.

©2009 Tracy Chevalier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful stuff

Very much enjoyed the book, am so impressed by Mary's story. Was recommended this audiobook from a podcast sponsored by Audible, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Loved the switch in accent and tone of voice when the story was passed between the two narrators. An incredible story narrated beautifully, and a pleasure to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-15-11

favourite audible book so far, highly recommended

I loved this story of an unlikely friendship between two Lyme ladies and their shared passion for fossils. I'm not usually a fan of "historical" novels, but I'm so glad I tried this. I found myself looking forward to a long car trip so I could spend more time in the company of Miss Elizabeth, Mary, and the Icky, I felt I knew them. I especially liked Elizabeth's way of categorising people according to which feature they lead with. The narration was spot on, capturing Elizabeth particularly well. I wish there were more books narrated by Hattie Morahan.
There's so much in this book, at lots of levels. Discussions about how finding the fossils challenged the prevailing world view. Women's place in England at the time. And I probably would have missed the evocative place descriptions since I never read those in an actual physical book. The author does all this through the actions and conversations and thoughts of the characters.
I was disappointed when it came to an end and I am now planning a trip to Lyme Regis to see the snake graveyard for myself.
Loved it, and will be trying more of her books.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-04-10

An immensely enjoyable listen

I've just finished 'Remarkable Creatures' and was truly sorry it was over. I found the subject of fossil hunting fascinating and the characters very engaging. The excellent narration from Hattie Morahan brought the characters to life, and I wanted to continue with them further to find out how they fared. The book has so fascinated me that I rather fancy a trip to Lyme Regis fossil-hunting! I thoroughly recommend this book - it is one of my favourites from Audible so far.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-23-10

Ferocious Fossils

This book and narrator are outstanding. On the surface this is a gentle historical novel about impoverished ladies in Lyme Regis. With a little excavation it turns out to be a book about passion, repression and the overturning of religion.
At the time this book is set the discovery of fossils shook people up as much as men landing on the moon. Mary Anning, the working class girl who discovers them, shakes up ideas about the place of women and class.
Juanita McMahon the narrator captures the heart and soul of the main characters in a deceptively effortless performance.
I have already listened to it twice. Just wonderful.

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  • Gill
  • 11-08-10

An excellent recommendation

I was recommended this book, and I was very glad that I listened. The story was engrossing from the start and the beautiful narration only added to the atmosphere.

It is a believable story, with an interesting history, I was eager to find what happened, but didn't want it to end!

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  • Stephen
  • 07-27-14

Remarkable Creatures a remarkable book!

Great story and well read, a history of Mary Anning, selling seashells on a sea shore

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  • Becky
  • 05-04-13

Loved it

I thoroughly enjoyed this story which built a beautiful picture in my head of Mary Anning, Lyme Regis and the Philpot sisters. It made me appreciate the struggle of single women of that era and has left me wanting to listen to another Tracey Chevalier story!

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  • Sally
  • 04-13-13

I loved this book

I loved this book, although I found the whole experience of women it that society at that time very sad. The hugely interesting juxtaposition of era specific female restrictions and the very new discoveries of fossils that challenged the preconceptions of the history of the world combined with sympathetic characters make this a lovely read.

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  • M J Rodwell
  • 01-13-15

Fabulous

I loved this audiobook. Brilliantly read and a wonderful little window into the social past of Britain. Highly highly recommend.

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  • Rebecca
  • 08-25-16

Remarkable Book

This book is just perfect. The narration is superb, historical detail is quite incredible. Just read it you will know what I mean

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  • Beady
  • 08-26-17

Pompous academics and level headed explorers into the unknown

Take a peek into the life of women, intelligent and brave but never acknowledged, the twists and turns of these women from two different classes and their determination to succeed serve as an example to all of us. The fossil record is so much richer for these single minded pursuits of lonely women. A heartwarming story well worth the read.

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  • Ami
  • 09-21-15

Hattie Morahan's remarkable voice

Always a fan of the intricacy of female friendships, and Remarkable Creatures is exactly that. However, Hattie Morahan's soothing and yet simultaneously delightful voice is what brings this story to life. It was almost as if I were listening to a friend tell me a story from the passenger seat.