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Remarkably Bright Creatures
Remarkably Bright Creatures
Author: Shelby Van Pelt
Friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus... After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780063204157
ISBN-10: 0063204150
Publication Date: 5/3/2022
Pages: 368
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

4.5 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Ecco
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 196
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cathyskye avatar reviewed Remarkably Bright Creatures on + 2227 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
===This is a review of the audiobook===

My attention was drawn to Remarkably Bright Creatures by a fellow book blogger, and I thought it would be an excellent choice as an audiobook. I was right. The narrators' voices were perfect for Marcellus, Tova, Cameron, and the other characters.

I'm one of these people who've always had closer relationships with animals than I have with people, and I've always talked to animals like they could understand everything I say. (You may be surprised at how often they do understand.) So, I was a tasty sea cucumber just waiting for Marcellus to single me out. At first, there just weren't enough chapters from Marcellus' point of view, but then Tova and a young man named Cameron began to get their hooks into me.

It is oh-so-easy to fall under the spell of these characters, to want them to have their happy-ever-afters. And once the author lets us in on just what Marcellus knows, the hook is set. I could no more turn away from this book than I could stop breathing.

If you're in the mood for a "feel good" read, I've got the perfect one for you: Remarkably Bright Creatures. But take a word of advice: have a hanky close by as you near the end.

[Note: this book touched me so much that, when a local aquarium announced that their giant Pacific octopus was nearing the end of her life, and-- if you wanted to come see her to say goodbye, you'd better hurry-- I had a tear in my eye. It's all your fault, Marcellus.]
reviewed Remarkably Bright Creatures on + 1079 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I've been disappointed in the past by books claiming to be like A Man Called Ove or Eleanor Oliphant, but not this time! Van Pelt makes an octopus as a main character work really well and Tova's story will stay with me for a long time. The characters are realistic and I'm honored to have spent time in their world.
esjro avatar reviewed Remarkably Bright Creatures on + 883 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Would have been 5 stars if there were more chapters written by the octopus.
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debs avatar reviewed Remarkably Bright Creatures on + 633 more book reviews
I really enjoyed this book, a delightful, heartwarming story. A few chapters are told from the perspective of a giant octopus. Sounds weird, but this had me completely engrossed.
susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed Remarkably Bright Creatures on + 1061 more book reviews
This is one of the best books I have ever read! I love, love, love this book with all my heart! I listened to the audio book and I didn't want to stop listening. It's an amazing experience with wonderful characters! I will seek out the print book to read as well and to keep as a treasured book on my shelf!

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