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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

  • 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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  • Kennesha C.

    Amazing tale of love and sweet revenge!!! Narrator was amazing ❤️

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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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  • Michael B.

    I loved this book. I have listened to a lot of audio books, and it is rare when one captures me right from the start and holds my attention all the way to the last word. This was one of those books that made me want to continue driving to hear more of the story even when I arrived at my destination. And, the characters were very artfully developed. I won't be a spoiler, but the end really surprised me.

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  • Anonymous

    I lived this book and got used to the narrator after awhile, although the accents just didn't quite seem to fit and felt they were made up and not authentic. But after the first few chapters it didn't matter and the story made the slight annoyance about the accents go away. All in all well worth the listen.

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  • Carrie B.

    Hands down, the best book that I have read in years.

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  • Joanna J.

    This was not only a fantastic,gripping and lovely book and the narration added so much to feeling fully engrossed in this book.

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  • Donald F.

    One of the best books I’ve ever listen to recommend it to anybodyof all ages

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  • Nicki C.

    Loved this book. The author must have spent an enormous amount of time learning the flora and fauna of the marsh. Every sentence was so well crafted you could feel the pain of this child and hear the bird calls and the water. Just a wonderful read

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  • Gail R.

    I loved this book and how deftly the author taught us how we are all part of Mother Nature’s grand plan...

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