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Where the Crawdads Sing

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A number one New York Times best seller and 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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Wonderful story and well read

Loved the story and loved the narration. I’m going to miss the Marsh Girl. I highly recommended.

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What a beautiful story

I have to say that I tried to listen to this one...twice and struggled, I'm not sure what it was but it just didn't grab me straight away.

This time I forced myself to carry on and listen, and I'm so glad I did because this book was just GORGEOUS!

The descriptions that the author uses are just stunning, I want to hug them all

“The morning burned so August-hot, the marsh’s moist breath hung the oaks and pines with fog.”


Kya is a happy child mostly, she lives in the Marsh area and is 'at one' with nature, she lives in her shack with her parents and siblings and doesn't really see the bad in anything...until her family starts getting smaller.

One by one her siblings leave, and then it is her Mothers turn, she just leaves one day without looking back.

After a while she realises that it is because of her fathers alcoholic and abusive ways, and she is left to look after him.

She learns to live with her father, and they even become 'friends' for a while, but most of the time she is left for days at a time to fend for herself, while he goes out spending money they don't have, and drinking to excess.

She learns that you don't get 'nothing for free', so starts to sell what she can to the storekeeper in town, and soon makes a firm friend in him and his wife.

Kya is an incredibly knowledgeable girl, she could tell you what the weather was going to be like, just by the sound of the birds, but the one thing she cannot do is read, or write, until she meets Tate.

Gahhh, the friendship between Tate and Kya was just lovely, he really took the time to know her and help her, and I was really disappointed in him at certain points in the book!
Friends are something that Kya holds very dear, because she doesn't have any, most of the townspeople are snobby toward her and look down their noses at her.

In 1969 Chase Andrews a local football legend is found dead in the marsh area, the rumours start to fly, and The Marsh Girl's name keeps being linked to his, but why?

This was an absolute joy to listen to, and the author Delia Owens certainly knows her stuff, she is a wildlife scientist, and this shows in her beautiful poetic writing.
I'm not at all surprised that Reece Witherspoon has chosen it to be in her Sunshine reads club, or that it will be coming to a movie theatre soon, I can't wait to see it!!

🎧🎧 - Totally AMAZING narration by Cassandra Campbell, she made this listening experience even better.

Save a credit for this one it is a cracker

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Beautifully written and narrated story

I’m so sad to finish this book as it really transported me to a different place. Cassandra Campbell’s voice is perfect for this story with her Southern inflections and perfect switches between characters. I highly recommend this book!

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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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A Must Hear

Loved it . Couldnt stop listening . Great story read and acted beautifully by narrator

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A wonderful story beautifully performed

I cannot recommend this book more highly as I was glued to every word. I listen to a book every week or so and this one stands out as one of my favourites.

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  • Chloe
  • 02-07-19

Wonderful story!<br />

I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the synopsis but the reviews persuaded me to listen & I'm so glad I did. A wonderfully emotive story which I couldn't stop listening to. A must read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-19

Recommended Read

From the moment I opened the first page I enjoyed this book. The narrator was enjoyable to listen to. The book captivates you with the authors descriptive words.

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  • Dewdropdeb
  • 03-21-19

Stunning

Best thing I've read this year. Rarely do the minute details of a book grasp me so much, but the setting here is spectacular and the descriptions tangible. The story is gripping and the narrator here is absolutely brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

simple story.

a simple story. the poetry was a waste of time though and very distracting to the plot.

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  • Julia
  • 03-08-19

Very athmospheric and unusual

The setting of this novel was gorgeous and the story held my interest throughout. The narrator's accent contributed to making this book a very memorable listen. I didn't love the ending and thought that the characters were just a little too one-dimensional but overall really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

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  • Luke
  • 03-08-19

Soft and wonderful

Firstly, the narration... the narrator can make or break a book and in this case it is the former. The beautiful, mellifluous voice was just right for this novel as she transported you into another world that was a pleasure to inhabit.
While this book has the undertones of a thriller the descriptive passages were spot on and kept me gripped throughout.
I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would and can not find fault with it.

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  • Emma W.
  • 03-06-19

Fantastic

A must read. lovely story gripping to the end. loved all the charecters and wonderful detail.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 03-02-19

Just perfection

One of the best book ever. Intriguing story with amazing descriptions of natural and human life. Highly recommended!

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  • Penelope
  • 03-01-19

Best I have ever read

What an outstanding book.... I cannot wait for the Film...this was 12 hours of wonderful listening. What an incredible story.... beautiful beyond words

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  • Miss J E Schotting
  • 02-21-19

An evocative book

I absolutely fell in love with this book. As an avid reader it is so unlike most other books. It reminded me of ‘My Absolute Darling’ - another gem of a book dealing with similar themes. Set in the in North Carolina in the 50’s and 60’s the story tells us of a small town fraught with racial and social division, murder of a young girl coming of age, loneliness, desperation, friendship and love. It is also a story about art, poetry but most of all about nature. I was lost in the author - (Owen who is also a wildlife scientist) descriptions of the marshes, swept away with observations of fireflies, herons and gulls all through the eyes of a young abandoned child. I want everyone to read and love this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-19

Moving beyond belief

Loved listening to this book.
Could not stop and could not wait to get back to it.

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  • Heidi Walkinshaw
  • 02-19-19

Incredible

This book was incredible from start to finish. Your heart aches for Kya through her journey and celebrates her strength through it all. Owens ties everything up beautifully and the twist at the end does not disappoint. A book that leaves a little something with your soul at the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-19

A must! Absolutely loved it!

A poignant story beautifully read by Cassandra Campbell. 10 out of 10. Absolutely loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-19

Loved this beautifully written book

I had put off reading this book as the back of the book didn’t grab me, but am soooo glad I took a chance on it. Incredibly beautiful writing and interesting story lines. Loved!

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  • Lorna Furst
  • 02-04-19

Exceptional

one of the best books I have read for a long time. I just didn't want it to end.
Beautifull written.

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  • Jessica
  • 01-27-19

Beautiful Imagery

Wow. What an amazing story, so full of rich language and beautiful passages. Performed incredibly well with each character sounding completely different by just the slightest tonal change or accent. I will be searching for more titles by both the author and those read by this performer.

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  • Lynn James
  • 01-15-19

Beautiful

Where the Crawdads Sing. By Delia Owens. My most favorite book so far. Beautifully written, wonderfully narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Hooked from beginning to end. Definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-19

Superb.

From the first word to the last this was enchanting. I wish I could start all over again. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-18

Simply stunning

This is one of the most intense and magnificent books I have ever read. It grabbed my heart and squeezed and squeezed until I found I was barely breathing by the end. The beautiful narration only enhanced the experience. Cannot recommend this highly enough, especially in audio format.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-18

A wonderful story of resilience and tenacity against abandonment and prejudices

Thank you for this wonderful story.The beauty of growing up without prejudice, and small acts of kindness show how a community can raise above the bigotry of a few. Couldn’t put it down 👍

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