Remarkable Creatures

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tracy Chevalier

Narrated By: Charlotte Parry

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2010

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring. 

On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: 'the eye' to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.

Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.

Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Anonymous

    While "The Girl With a Pearl Earring" remains her tour de force, this is another good one (as is "Burning Bright"); interesting historical fiction about the dawning of the age of fossil discovery and what it meant to Victorian culture, interwoven with the role of women in that time.

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