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Where the Crawdads Sing

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)
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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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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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Just brilliant

Loved it..... wonderfully expressive and couldn't stop listening. Will miss it now its finished which is always a good sign!

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A beautiful and intriguing story

I loved pretty much everything about this book, and the narration was gentle and clear. Would definitely recommend!

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beautiful story that will become a modern classic

loved both the story and the narrator - highly recommend if you liked to kill a Mockingbird

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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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exceptional book

one of the best most touching books I have ever read I can't praise it enough

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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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Simply wow!

What a fantastic book, loved it from start to finish. Definitely best book of the year and one I will remember. Great story line, lovely characters, narration excellent. What more could I ask for.

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Beautiful and gripping story

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Such Beauty in a Book

This must rank in my top 5 ever audible books / The story touches the Soul and the Narrator brings such a sensitivity to every aspect of Kaya’s journey. I haven’t finished it yet - don’t want to cos it’s so precious I want to enjoy every moment ...

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  • 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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  • 21-12-18

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-19

A Must Hear

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

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  • Mark
  • 03-02-19

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.