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    A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure, and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist - but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

    Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe - from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who - born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution - bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of listeners.

    ©2013 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    • 10 Best Audiobooks of 2013 (Salon)

    "Juliet Stevenson's face would be instantly familiar to Anglophiles everywhere, especially those with a penchant for British TV (her films include "Truly Madly Deeply" and "Drowning by Numbers"), but she's also a first-class narrator…. Stevenson conveys the sense that the hand on the wheel is firm and certain and that the reader may lean back in perfect confidence that neither journey nor destination will disappoint." (Laura Miller, Salon)

    “Gilbert's triumphant return to fiction is matched by Juliet Stevenson's lyrical reading. Both author and narrator capture the listener from the novel's opening words.” ( AudioFile)
    "[A] rip-roaring tale… Its prose has the elegant sheen of a 19th-century epic, but its concerns — the intersection of science and faith, the feminine struggle for fulfillment, the dubious rise of the pharmaceutical industry — are essentially modern." ( The New York Times Magazine)
    "The most ambitious and purely imaginative work in Gilbert’s 20-year career: a deeply researched and vividly rendered historical novel about a 19th century female botanist.” ( The Wall Street Journal)

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    The joys of learning

    While it had its lengths, The Signature of All Things ultimately left me feeling happy and content. I had come to care for Alma, and the message of self-sufficiency she embodies is a very powerful one: that a woman can be absolutely, joyously happy without being pretty, without a husband, without children, is not something we hear often. And yet, as a PhD student, I can absolutely empathise with the simple joy one can find in learning and discovering new things every day.

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    Gut im Hintergrund, aber

    ... irgendwie fehlte mir etwas. Es geht so hinfort, aber es kommt keine Begeisterung auf, es hat - trotz „tieferer Botschaften“ keine Tiefe, hinterlässt nichts bei mir...

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    A Worthwhile Book

    An amazing book, the author is gifted in her use of the English language!
    The narration is excellent and it was a joy to listen.

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    Incredible

    A wonderful story about science, history and life in general. Really inspiring concerning getting old as a woman. Will buy the book...what could be a greater compliment for an Audiobook?

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    Magical

    Just wonderful. Finishing this book it feels like I lost a good friend. I instantly fell in love with Alma and her world.

    The reading by Stevenson is great, she did an outstanding job.

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    Recht interessant

    Weder die Geschichte noch die Sprecherin konnten richtig begeistern. Insgesamt aber ganz ok, einige historische Fakten und Figuren wurden recht gelungen und interessant verarbeitet, und die verschiedenen Schauplätze ebenfalls.

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    • Nat
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    Nice for fall afternoons

    Good female writer on a woman's story from a female perspective. Not extraordinary bit interesting and also moving. Has the ring of truth
    Recommmended.

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    sehr empfehlenswert. weise, unterhaltsam .........

    konnte es kaum erwarten weiter zu hören. tolle sprecherin, spannende lebensgeschichte mit tröstlicher Essenz
    ein tolles buch von anfamg bis ende.