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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,685

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Whodunit?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I always say that the best stories begin with a dead body. This one does not disappoint. Kya demands you love her. A small, waif like child who grows into a stubbornly independent teen, then woman. The supporting characters are well developed. The Marsh draws you in, wishing you could take a trip to 1967 North Carolina.

This book strongly reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. And I can give no higher praise.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,627

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Surprisingly detailed and thought provoking.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I enjoy teen fiction and most dystopian novels. That being said, the genre is full of stories of evil governments and oppressed protagonists. I downloaded this book with fairly low expectations, after being let down by a previous series, by a different author.

I thought the beginning was a bit slow going. But by the time Darrow and his wife were arrested, I was hooked. I had no idea that the ensuing story would be so rich in detail. The caste system was so well thought out. The characters in each caste were written well. In The Hunger Games, there are few citizens of the Capitol with whom we can identify. Red Rising portrays the Gold Caste members as evil... Until you get know them. We discover that there is much to admire, even goodness in the Golds Darrow encounters. And evil. But Darrow also points out the wickedness in some Reds, on introspection.

I really couldn't put this audio book down. My flower gardens thank the author and narrator.