Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel

Written by:
Shelby Van Pelt
Narrated by:
Marin Ireland , Michael Urie

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
455
Narrator
198
Release Date
May 2022
Duration
11 hours 16 minutes
Summary
A New York Times Bestseller!

A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

“Remarkably Bright Creatures is a beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed, cracked open, with the slightest touch from another living thing.” -- Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here

For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of 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 her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. 

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.
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Anonymous

Both narrators were excellent. The Scottish accent done by Marin Ireland was spot on! Definitely a book I will recommend to EVERYONE! I can't wait until Shelby Van Pelt writes her next book.

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Leslee Z.

Loved it and the voices too.

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Lisa T.

Great book, love the animals, very uplifting

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Anonymous

Loved this book - story was wonderful

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ELIZABETH M.

I enjoyed this book tremendously.

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Arlene F.

It took a little bit to get involved with the characters but the narrators did such a wonderful job that, when I was 100% absorbed into their lives, I embraced the story head-on. In fact, I even cried a little at the end. This book was a light, happy read.

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Anonymous

I enjoyed every minute of this book. How refreshing it is to read a book without detailed descriptions of sex among the characters.

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Kenneth D.

Lovely book!!!! Absolutely lovey!!

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Connie B.

Could stop listening! Keeps you guessing until the end.

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Jamie-Lee F.

Fantastic read! Loved the POV of the octopus done by Michael Urie was amazing and a perfect pairing of character to voice.

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Monica W.

This is one of my favorites of 2022! So heart-warming. The plot was paced perfectly. I loved the perspectives.

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Carolyn W.

Delightful

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Jenny E.

A beautiful charming book that touches one’s soul! I simply love Marcellous. My only criticism is with the narration of Cameron, a thirty year old guy. He consistently sounds and acts like a 17 year old. To some degree I understand this is intentional, but it would’ve benefited the character by balancing it a bit more with his actual age. Other than that, I loved the book!

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Lighthouse Pilot

I loved this book. From the moment Marcellus revealed what he had observed, I couldn’t stop listening. And I wept for the last hour and a half of the narration. This book is so sweet in all the best ways and so wonderfully crafted. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Anonymous

Slow start, great finish

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Judith C.

Great story and great narrators

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Mendel G.

A story of loss, grief and love, told through the eyes of the human characters who experience these and through a unique character-- sentient, non-human keen observer of human behavior. The author brings this character fully to life in a way which is entrancing and moves the story along. For anyone who has been fascinated by cephalopods, his active role in the story as both an observer and a catalyst in the plot is most entertaining. The other [human] characters are artfully developed into people who are both unusual and believable. There are also several characters who turn out to be truly good human beings, and that is heartwarming. The two narrators are wonderful.

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Amanda P.

Good book!

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Anonymous

Loved it

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Sherry R.

All around my kind of book I miss this book - that’s how I know it was great!

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Namarran

Fabulous story. Great perspectives. Well narrated.

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Susan R

Unpopular opinion, but this book was just average to me. The plot...average although unique-ish, the characters...average, the writing...average. Nothing truly truly special in my opinion unlike others who must have gotten a lot more out of it than I did. I will say that the narrators were absolutely wonderful and that is what kept me interested.

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Jill F.

LOVED this book!!! Marcellus is wonderful! All the characters were expertly teased out. They had depth and quirks and a genuineness that one doesn’t see often anymore. The narration was great. I could tell the difference between all the characters, their moods and level of emotion. Will definitely recommend!

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Trissy

Amazing read!

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Amanda B.

I so enjoyed this story! The narrator was super and has now perked my interest in octopuses... I recommend this story!

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Anonymous

The narrators made a wonderful book even more interesting!

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Anonymous

This was a great book! The narration was perfect. I really felt like I got to know Marcellus and all the human characters. The plot was very well developed. I highly recommend this book. I probably will listen to it again.

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Dianne H.

Great story. Best narration ever.

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Lisa H.

Really enjoyed this book. Interesting characters, well written. A little predictable but worth reading

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Maegan S.

Loved it!

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Cal30Prez

Very enjoyable. Especially liked the insight into the Octopus’ intelligence and his voice!

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E B.

Love that there is a separate reader to take on the part of the octopus

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Cindyb

I thought this book was absolutely fantastic

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Karin G.

Loved the book. Two intertwined stories that kept challenging me on what would happen and how. Very special

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Stephanie K.

A very sweet and endearing story. A perfect weekend read/listen.

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Anonymous

A joy to read!

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Gina M.

What a unique idea! I thoroughly enjoyed the intertwining stories that cleverly pulled everything together in the end. Although the female narrator did an excellent job capturing the various accents, I felt that her rendition of Cameron came across as rather juvenile. He sounded like a teenager instead of a 30-something adult man. That said - I still highly recommend this tender-hearted read!

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Lily S.

loved it

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Cynthia C.

Marcellus’s voice was exquisite, loved it!

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Shannon D.

I absolutely loved this book! Highly recommend.

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MJ M.

LOVED this book! Loved the narration! I highly recommend!!

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Anonymous

Who knew a book about a 70 year old cleaning lady and an aging octopus could be so intriguing and fascinating. I loved it

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Charles G.

Narrators bring book to life. Really enjoyed the story!!

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Mark S.

The book is charming with engaging characters that pull you into the story. Both narrator’s are wonderful using distinct voices that eliminate any character confusion. Additionally, the voice acting is excellent!

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Terry D.

I loved this book from cover to cover. The narrators were excellent!

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Anonymous

Good story and well read except the main characters voice, Tova was read with an oddly sarcastic tone.

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Charlotte C.

Loved this book. Narrator was fantastic

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Kay B.

I loved this book. My daughters recommended it to me. I’m so glad they did. Just a full, sweet story.

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Beverly S.

Very unusual, well written and thought-provoking book. I enjoyed it!

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Scott S.

Different than most, enjoyed the entirety.

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Norma U.

great story!

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Anonymous

Great book but too much unnecessary language. Got old and in the way of the story.

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Clare H.

I loved the story and the narrators were amazing!

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Abbye D.

Who knew a book about a talking octopus would be so charming and endearing?! It’s hard not to fall in love with every character. I highly recommend.

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Anonymous

Really smart

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Suebabyt

This is such a sweet book. I enjoyed it very much.

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Barb D.

Excellent story... loved the narration!

This book had me talking out loud objecting to the decisions of some of the characters, I haven't done that in awhile. I cried at the end... it was a wonderful book.

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Mabel D.

Though predictable at times the story was endearing and hilarious. A great story with an unexpected character!

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Anonymous

Superfluous verbiage ad Infinitum , lots to elaborate on before getting to the point !

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Wallisa V.

If you love Ove, you’ll love this Marcellus and Tova.

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Mary S.

My favorite listen of the year so far!

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