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Where the Crawdads Sing

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
5 out of 5 stars (107,905 ratings)

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Number-one New York Times best seller

A Reese's Book Club + Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick

"I can't even express in words how much I love this book...the way it’s performed on Audible just took me right back to my long summers in Tennessee. This story has a special place in my heart - I didn’t want it to end." (Reese Witherspoon) 

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

"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver." (Bustle)

How long can you protect your heart?

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 Karen Russell, 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 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Cassandra Campbell serves up a bushel of Carolina accents in this debut novel by nature writer Delia Owens. Campbell's accents give the mix of classes and regions in the story the same realistic detail Owens provides for the marsh.... Prepare to be enchanted and haunted." (AudioFile)

"A lush debut; Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose." (Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight)  

“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.... Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders - and dangers - of her private world.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on.... Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut.” (People)

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Disappointed

Disappointed is how I felt after finishing Where the Crawdads Sing. Kya was the only character fully developed. The character of Chase, the murder victim, was never fully developed. The author revealed never revealed enough about Chase to garner my sympathy for him. Early on Kya presents as an almost feral girl who relates almost solely to nature. She eventually has to reach out to others and forms a bond with Jumpin' and Mabel. Tate managed to bond with Kya over their mutual interest in nature, etc. His character was a little more developed than Chase's but wasn't fully explored. I knew the author is a wildlife scientist but even if I hadn't I could have guessed that she was. I read the book because it was a book club selection but would not have picked it up to read if it wasn't.

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Made it to the End

A friend of mine recommended this book, and the notion of a story of A Marsh Girl, along with some rich natural history sounded appealing. What I didn’t realize was that this is basically a romance novel with a little mystery thrown in. I found myself groaning at much of the dialogue and the predictable, flat characters. I only gave it three stars because I did enjoy the descriptions of the flora and fauna of the marsh, and I will admit the book had a pretty cool ending. But be forewarned — this is not a literary novel, and it’s over 12 hours long. Good luck with it. I’m just glad it’s over!

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Finished it! Didn't like it one bit

So many positive reviews, so I guess I am in the minority, but I just thought this was, simply put, ridiculous. I agree 100% with the other reviewer (Violet) Kaia's narration was grating, considering the rest of the narration was not bad. I cringed every time she came on. This entire story and 80% of the characters were just not believable, so far fetched from start to finish.

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  • Paxter
  • New York, NY USA
  • 09-07-19

From a guy's perspective- this book was BORING...

I honestly don't understand why all the rave reviews. The reviews are what led me to spend my credit on it. As a literature piece in itself, it has great writing. Something your school teacher would mandate you to read, if only for the grammar, the analogies, the descriptive characteristics used. However, it's painstakingly slow and uneventful. You literally start off following a 5 yo girl growing up alone in the marsh until old age, every chapter is literally a new boring year of her life. This story could have been a 1 hour audiobook without all the detailed descriptions on sand, herons, types of water... I wanted to quit literally every chapter but given the reviews, I thought something major was going to happen if I just held on longer. Until, alas.... nothing...

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horrible accent

This reader was absolutely terrible at her Southern accents...hard to listen to by someone who lives in the south. I liked the story even though it was pretty predictable. I did not like the poetry sections...they rang corny to me.

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Sentimental dribble

Ugh. Realize I’m very much in the minority: Though there are beautiful turns of phrase, the story is thin, barely plausible, and relies on tired stereotypes.

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  • Julianne
  • Petersburg, AK, United States
  • 03-09-19

zero star for story

although the author has a knack for nature and scenes, this story & the characters were trite & full of cliche. it was difficult to finish.

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Underwhelmed

This book came highly recommended. I was disappointed and felt the book drug on. It became boring after a bit. I did finish it. However, the worst part for me was the reading. Being from the South, hearing the attempt to use southern slang and general sing-songs rhythm drove me crazy.

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Kind and far fetched

I am surprised I am reviewing the same book as the other listeners. I usually like popular books.

First of all I love books set in the Carolina shores. I have read everything by Pat Conroy more than once. Where the Crawdads Sings is not what I expected. The basic story line isn't believable to have lasted so many years. Characters actions are to far fetched and not plausible. I just didn’t like it.

I don't recommend.

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Predictable

I kept wanting this book to end, for it to get to the punch line and finally be over. When it finally was I felt manipulated, cheated of complexity and depth. More important, so many things about what the characters did and said just didn't make sense. I suppose to a romance reader (I'm not) this may have seemed a lovely fantasy with a tragic core but a happy ending. To me the star of the book was the marsh itself and the natural world found there. Kaia, the main character, was not. She had the possibility of being a fascinating main character equal to the flora and fauna that make up her world. But it was not to be. So sad, as much more might have been done with her story. The book ended up being way too predictable fare for this reader despite the surprise ending.

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  • Claire D.
  • 09-27-18

Beautiful

A beautiful story, beautifully read. I loved this from start to finish, the narrator brought the story and characters to life, I didn’t want it to end!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-22-18

This book truly touched my soul.

A wonderful beautiful book which makes you feel breathtakingly lonely and ecstatic with happiness all together.

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  • FreakyLizard
  • 04-26-19

Lovely Listeb

It's a slow burner, but what a lovely listen. Very poetic, it's an ode to nature. Very well written. I really enjoyed it. Worth it!

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  • Teresa Bargallo
  • 11-08-18

One of the best reads I had by far in a long

One of the best reads I had by far in a long. What a true heroine!

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  • Mrs. G. F. Schotten
  • 10-16-18

wow

this is simply beautiful. I could not stop listening to this hauntingly sad and at the same time uplifting tale.

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  • Molly
  • 10-12-18

Haunting and gripping

Although there are some overblown descriptions of the marshes and lagoons the essence of this story is good. It interweaves well between past and present to tell the story of a murder.
You cannot help but be drawn into the lonely life of the Marsh Girl and find out whodunnit.

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  • Jo Jevons
  • 10-08-18

Amazing

My favourite book this year! Owen’s vivid depiction of marsh life and an abandoned child unraveled into this masterpiece of story telling with themes so current and ancient at the same time. I could not stop listening.

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  • firedog
  • 09-28-18

Remarkable, Memorable, Beautiful

Everything about this book will stay with me; the setting, the characters, the plot. As for the writing, it is superb. Also the reader brought the book to life in a quiet understated exactly right performance. Highly recommend.

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  • tim davis
  • 12-16-18

A beautiful story

The author does a fantastic job of transporting you to North Carolina and the marsh land. It was easy to listen to yet powerful at the same time.

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  • Michaela Stokes-Bridgman
  • 11-07-18

Sooooo good!!!

Wow what a book! A story which will stay with you long after you finish. Fantastic narration. Such a great experience I highly recommend this book!

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  • Dr. Sue Tait
  • 10-19-18

exceeded all expectations

Along with the praise for this book in other reviews, I would add that the delicate engagement with essential ideas around nature versus nurture, biological determinism, evolution and adaptation was a wonderful surprise. What a great way this would be to introduce these concepts in the classroom, particularly where there is resistance to scientific evidence. Dr. Sue Tait, PhD, Anthropology

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-18

Outstanding

I adored this book. I couldn't put it down, it had me in tears and had my stomach in knots at times. Beautifully written and narrated. I will definitely listen again. Thank you.