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The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel by Alice Hoffman

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Coney Island, 1925: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of a self-proclaimed scientist and professor who acts as the impresario of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show offering amazement and entertainment to the masses. An extraordinary swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100 year old turtle, in her father’s “museum.” She swims regularly in New York’s Hudson River, and one night stumbles upon a striking young man alone in the woods photographing moon-lit trees. From that moment, Coralie knows her life will never be the same.



  • I really enjoyed the story and the way Coralie and Eddie were portrayed, but I felt that Judith Light's narration was a bit too dramatic and took away from the overall experience. It was disappointing for me as a fan of her acting work, as I found her performance to be the least appealing. Alice Hoffman did a great job incorporating the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York as a storyline, which I had previously learned about in my architectural history classes. It was important to see this event highlighted and how it led to changes in working conditions and building codes. The descriptions of Coney Island were also wonderfully done by Hoffman. Despite my issue with Light's performance, I still think it's a great book overall and others may not find it as distracting as I did.
  • This audiobook has got everything: history, intrigue, mystery, romance, a touch of magic, and a captivating storytelling style. What I loved the most about it was the dynamic between the two main characters and the engaging narration that keeps the plot flowing smoothly. If you're looking for something truly unique and want a refreshing change, then I highly recommend giving this audiobook a try.
  • In this review of 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel', the reviewer expresses disappointment with the narrators, finding them monotonous and uninteresting to listen to. The reviewer also notes that the narrators lacked the ability to vary their voices and create captivating characterizations. Furthermore, the reviewer felt that the absence of dialogue between the characters added to the overall dullness of the story.