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Where the Crawdads Sing

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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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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I wish I could discover this for the first time over and over

What can I say? I am a writer and editor and have probably read close to a thousand books in my life. I can honestly say this might be my favourite of them all. Definitely in my top three. I loved this from start to finish, the story is wonderful and the narrator fantastic. If you only read one book this year, this should be it.

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Well worth a listen

I am an artist and thought I would give Audible a try while painting. This was the first book I listened to and although it took me just a little time to get into the story, I found myself listening to it after I put my brushes down. I am now a fan of Audible and cannot wait to start a new book.

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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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Where the Crawdads sing!

I really enjoyed the Where the Crawdads sing!
Be strong like Kai!!
What a gripping entertaining yet heartfelt somber joyful story......and well enjoy as much as poss!

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amazing book

I ll never be the same again ..
thank you for this book it was wonderful

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All the stars

Favourite audio yet. Cassandra Campbell truly brings the story to life. Totally engrossed from start to finish. Wonderful!

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Wonderful

It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book. But then I loved every minute of it. I looked forward to my commute everyday just so I could listen to it. It’s so beautifully written and narrated that today, when I finished, I felt sad that I wouldn’t be part of this world that so beautifully combines the relationships of humans and nature, both the highs and the lows. A wonderful book.

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A truly beautiful book

I was captured from the moment it began to the last word. The language, the content, both descriptive and factual, the science and the fascinating story woven in amongst it. Even the poetry was beautiful.
Can't recommend it more highly, desperately didn't want it to end.

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  • 04-06-19

Entirely enthralling

Definitely worth reading. Beautifully written novel evoking a fascinating & captivating beauty to Deep South's marshland wildlife all the while unfolding a harsh life story of a lonely girl. A wonderfully memorable book.

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Utterly brilliant

This is a wonderful story, beautifully told and mesmerising. The evocation of time and place is stunning.

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  • Sandie
  • 25-11-18

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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  • salthegal
  • 24-03-19

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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  • leanne chaperon
  • 26-03-19

Loved this book

The book is captivating and beautifully read.The narrator was easy on the ear with appropriate interpretations of the endearing characters

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  • Jan
  • 12-07-19

Brilliant Book

This was an exceptional story, well written and a mix of nature, love, mystery
and human relationships.

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  • Denise De Las
  • 09-07-19

Great story.

Ever read a book and not wanting it to finish but can’t stop? This is a beautiful story. What a character she was. Smarter than all. Well Done.

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  • Marilyn
  • 13-03-19

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 14-02-19

A Must Hear

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

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  • V Nerd - Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark
  • 21-12-18

5 Southern Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Southern Stars

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09-10-19

Gripping story of seeking to be

I fell in love with the 'marsh girl', it took me a couple of days to let go of such a well woven character and a story that we all relate to.
Seeking to be, we wind ourselves through coves of the unknown but, eventually we find our shell and we stay.
Narrated surreally, this is a must listen and read too, one to savour and repeat the chapters as words soak into you.

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  • Shonti
  • 03-10-19

Awesome Read.

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