Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures

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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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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 134.62 x 144.78 x 40.64mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Audiobooks
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0143145304
  • 9780143145301
  • 1,377,255

About Tracy Chevalier

"I was born and grew up in Washington, DC. After getting a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio), I moved to London, England in 1984. I intended to stay 6 months; I'm still here. "As a kid I'd often said I wanted to be a writer because I loved books and wanted to be associated with them. I wrote the odd story in high school, but it was only in my twenties that I started writing 'real' stories, at night and on weekends. Sometimes I wrote a story in a couple evenings; other times it took me a whole year to complete one. "Once I took a night class in creative writing, and a story I'd written for it was published in a London-based magazine called Fiction. I was thrilled, even though the magazine folded 4 months later. I worked as a reference book editor for several years until 1993 when I left my job and did a year-long MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (England). My tutors were the English novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. For the first time in my life I was expected to write every day, and I found I liked it. I also finally had an idea I considered 'big' enough to fill a novel. I began The Virgin Blue during that year, and continued it once the course was over, juggling writing with freelance editing. "An agent is essential to getting published. I found my agent Jonny Geller through dumb luck and good timing. A friend from the MA course had just signed on with him and I sent my manuscript of The Virgin Blue mentioning my friend's name. Jonny was just starting as an agent and needed me as much as I needed him. Since then he's become a highly respected agent in the UK and I've gone along for the ride."
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33,759 ratings
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4 42% (14,020)
3 27% (9,158)
2 6% (1,946)
1 1% (470)

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Mary Anning was an important figure in the world of fossil hunting in England in the early 19th century. She "has the eye" and makes a living finding and selling fossil. Some of which are the first of their kind to be found. This is her story, and that of her friend Elizabeth Philpot, who also loves fossils. Miss Elizabeth is Mary's champion, who wants to make sure Mary receives the recognition she deserves. While listening to this, I did not realize that Mary Anning was a real person. I found the story to be interesting, but once I learned it was based on reality, I found it that much more intriguing. The story is told alternating between Mary and Miss Elizabeth. Getting both sides of the story really makes it more complete. Both women are strong and independent during a time when this was generally frowned upon. Their unique abilities to make an impact in the scientific community really made them seem larger than life, while the actual story portrayed them as very realistic. This story was really about the friendship between Mary and Miss Elizabeth. The fossils played a large part, and because of this, the story seemed like it would appeal to many different readers. I would definitely suggest it to any readers interested in history or fossils. The narration of the story was exceptionally well done. Miss Elizabeth's chapters were read with a high class, educated voice, while Mary's were lower class and accented. They were quite different, and I had to double check that they were indeed read by the same person. I did find Mary's voice a little difficult to understand in the beginning, but after a while, it seemed quite natural.show more
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