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Where the Crawdads Sing

By: Delia Owens
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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Publisher's summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

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.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

©2018 Delia Owens (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!" (Reese Witherspoon)

"Painfully beautiful." (The New York Times Book Review)

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A truly remarkable story

Seldom can I give a book 5 stars. This seems underrated for Where the Crawdads Sing. I couldn't put it down and felt every emotion conveyed by the narrator Cassandra Campbell (my favorite woman narrator). She brought the characters to life. The author, Delia Owens, kept me captivated from start to finish and I was very sad to finish such a brilliantly written book.
I hope to be able to read more from the same author on Audible.

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Astonishingly beautiful!

I can’t begin to express how much a loved this book! It is exquisitely written and wonderfully read! Couldn’t stop listening, highly recommend!

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Beautiful book

Although a little slow to start, this is a beautiful story, told in a melodic and easy way. I loved it.

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Awesome Read.

This is a truly great book.
So well written and flows easily.
Great characters and surprising ending.

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Great book

I am glad i did stick out the first two chapters because after that the story got really great. Love it 👍🏾

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Outstanding

This book was recommended to me by my wife and daughter... they thoroughly enjoyed it so as a 56 year old male I wasn’t sure how I would take to it.
It is without doubt the most unusual story and written (narrated on audible) most beautifully.
Possibly the best novel I’ve read / listened to; I admit to tears towards the end.

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beautiful story

narrator was fantastic. storyline was good, a little slow going at times. would recommend

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Fantastic

It is amazing what a good narrator does to the whole experience of listening to an audiobook. The story alone was so so good, but it could’ve been spoiled if the narration weren’t right. But it was. What a great experience this book was! Highly recommend it.

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Excellent story about nature and humanity

Heart breaking and also heart warming tale of a young girl fending for herself with natural forces supporting her. Beautiful.

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Easy to listen to while working

Beautiful and vivid descriptions. I’d love to spend some time in Kya’s shack and explore the marsh and all the natural wonders if has to offer.
Bittersweet.

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