Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 15-05-11

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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 04-11-10

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Monica Raven on 09-03-11

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.

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