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Where the Crawdads Sing
- By: Delia Owens
- Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
- Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. 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.
Tried my best to finish it...
- By Amazon Customer on 08-07-19
Weaker than expected
This book had interesting possibilities when it started. A solitary girl alone in the marsh offered an interesting premise and the author did a consistently good job of describing the natural world in which the story was set—to the extent that the marsh becomes a character in the story. But the too frequent poetry by a made up “local poet” struck me as annoying interjections into the story. The story’s thread held up for me until the end of a court trial featured in the tale and it went rapidly downhill from there. From agonizingly slow portions at the beginning, the end was a rush such that I was left with the feeling the author didn’t quite know where to take the story—except she knew she had a few things she wanted to include to tie up loose ends. These items were then thrown onto paper and the book was over. I was disappointed based on feedback I got from others as I really wanted to like this book.
The reader did a fair job but the way she chose to give voice to the two primary characters was annoying and “sing-songy.” They each end up sounding like idiots in some sections and, as the author clearly loved these two, this vocal treatment seemed unlike how the author might have preferred the characters to sound.
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