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Where the Crawdads Sing

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Cassandra Campbell

12 Hours 12 Minutes

Penguin Audio

August 2018

Audio Book Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

'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

'Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver.'--Bustle

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.

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Reviews

  • Tasha B.

    This was one of best books I have read in awhile. it touches you on so many levels. It deals with social isolation, abandonment, resilience of the human spirit and love and loss. I was engaged the whole time and when I wasnt reading found myself thinking about characters and what would happen next. I cant wait to read another book by this author.

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  • Jacqui S.

    Best book in forever. Beautifully written and narrated.

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  • Graeme I.

    This was one of the most beautiful stories I have heard for a long time. It was so moving and uplifting - such a poignant story. The narrator brought the book alive if I could give her 6 stars I would. Certainly a book to recommend to those who want a lovely experience.

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  • Linda K.

    This is now in my top 10 all time favorites. It captured my heart on so many levels...crawdads, hermit like existence, wildlife, biology, small town dynamics, love and longing, mystery, and can’t wait for the next page. Also, Cassandra Campbell is an excellent reader, my first audio with her, and I’d pick a new book, just because she’s the reader.

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  • Christine B.

    This was a FABULOUS read. The focus on Nature and the ways of swamp people felt authentic. I fell in love with Kia and her drive to survive. I’d read it again

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  • Susie J.

    Where the Crawdads Sing was one of the best reads. I loved the characters, the story line, and the person reading the story. What a great story, kept my interest through the entire book.

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  • Tara M.

    The author uses such beautiful words to describe the landscape of the North Carolina coast. Often I felt like I was there in the shed with Kiya. The ending was a complete surprise and I actually hated for the book to be over. Great read!

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  • Michelle B.

    One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time!! This is a must read!!

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  • Katrina J.

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book and that it had a real ending.

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  • Anonymous

    This is the best book I’ve read it the past 10 years. I want to read it again right now! Absolutely fabulous story and the way it unfolds is very intriguing. I could not put it down!

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