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The Signature of All Things - A Novel

Elizabeth Gilbert

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A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 eighteenth and nineteenth 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 t

Language:

English

Narrators:

Juliet Stevenson

Length:

21h 43m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

07:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

34:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

51:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

45:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

52:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

35:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:05:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

45:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:11:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

37:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

40:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

42:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

56:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

45:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

33:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

59:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

59:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

36:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

40:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

52:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

31:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

28:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

37:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

40:33