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The Signature of All Things

By: Elizabeth Gilbert
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, read by Juliet Stevenson.

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

A captivating story of botany, exploration and desire, by the multi-million best-selling author of Eat Pray Love.

Everything about life intrigues Alma Whittaker. Her passion for botany leads her far from home, from London to Peru to Tahiti, in pursuit of that rare specimen: knowledge. But as her careful studies draw her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she meets the man who she will come to love - whose perspective, radically different from her own, will transform the way she understands the world. 

Radiating with all the heart, soul and earthiness as its unforgettable heroine, The Signature of All Things is a captivating celebration of the workings of this world, and the mechanisms behind all life.

©2013 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2013 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group US

Critic Reviews

"Unlike anything else she has ever written.... Its prose has the elegant sheen of a 19th-century epic, but its concerns - the intersection of science and faith, the feminine struggle for fulfilment - are especially modern." (Steve Almond, International Herald Tribune)

"The story of Alma Whittaker’s journey of discovery has irresistible momentum." (Helen Dunmore, The Times)

"A botanical odyssey through the 19th century, global in ambition, revelling in the period's insatiable curiosity about the world...a tall tale, told with verve and wit." (Guardian)

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An Incredible Story

I highly recommend this book it is such a compelling read and I couldn’t put it down. It is well crafted, researched and beautifully written.

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brilliant

Loved the detail, the storyline, the character development. It's a long listen but worth it!

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A marvellous story

I couldn’t stop listening to this incredible book. 21 hrs and I was glued to the book - the discriminations, the characters, the story line…A master piece.

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Loved this so much - another masterpiece by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Another masterpiece by Elizabeth Gilbert, and beautifully narrated. I highly recommend this book, and looked forward to listening to it every day.

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Well researched, stunningly composed

A delightful read, stealing my tears in its final chapters. What an arc for Alma—and for all of us.

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loved the story and depth of characters, what a life

the characters were so well described and performed I was there with them. an extroidinary life lived by an extroidinary character. always remember to have some thing stashed away to pay someone off. love

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As exquisite as stated by other reviewers

I cannoli add to the praise of previous reviewers. This book is delightful from start to finish. Being a biologist, I was entranced by the scientific discussions that are so well set out and debated .

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Brilliant

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A wonderful story, with much fascinating history along with imagination of those times.

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great listen

I actually grew very interested in mosses after this book. it spiked an amazing curiosity. really enjoyed the storyline

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Q story for our time.

A multilayered story revealing multi faceted and gentle wisdom. The reader performed the story well.

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