Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: [S.l.]:, Penguin Random House,, 2018.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780525640394
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook CloudLibrary
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (12hr., 12min., 23sec.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Campbell, Cassandra


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Mar 29, 2020

An intricately detailed life of a determined and unusual girl, raising herself in a North Carolina swamp outside of a small town, against all odds. I loved the narrator, the accent. (If the pace feels too slow, try 1.5 speed.)

Feb 24, 2020

I listen to this on a play away, as a mother it was hard to imagine how a 6 year old could possibly live on her own. Most of this unrealistic story had me on the defense. I forced myself to finish it, then the ending was over the top ..... like my Mother would say...” What a Put on!!” It left me regretting the whole investment.

Oct 10, 2019

This book was phenomenal. I am not much for reading but got it for free on Audible so listened. Initially it didn't peak my interest enough to binge listen from the get go. After the first two or so chapters I couldn't stop listening. I found it interesting even though it was such a slow paced procession of events. I would highly recommend. But the ending..........WOW, I didn't see that coming. I can't wait to see the movie once it's out.

Aug 09, 2019

NO SPOILERS AHEAD: I enjoyed the natural history writing more than the story itself, but I don't tend to be a fan of popular fiction in general. The author and their editor did an incredible job of crafting both a mystery and a character study of a small town in coastal North Carolina with all of its warts and beauty. The story arcs were perfect, the timeline flashbacks were nicely done and didn't confuse or distract, but the total package still, for me, didn't quite work.

There were plot holes that never quite got filled—even with the big reveal at the end, maybe especially with the big reveal at the end. I found the main plot vehicle to be so implausible that it kept distracting me from the story. I liked the protagonist, was interested in her and how she coped with everything that came her way but must admit, I never really connected with her. Perhaps the author did too good a job creating a character that had walled herself off from people.

So, read this book so you can talk about it with others who have read it. Like The Goldfinch, Game of Thrones, and other über-popular pieces of fiction, it is part of our cultural canon now. Once you do, comment here. I'd like to know what others think.

Jul 10, 2019

I NOW get the hype. The ending REALLY did it for me. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I would like to see this into a film adaptation. I appreciated the classism issues and the cultures that we are currently seeing in middle America and of the south. Although this book takes place in the late 60's it mirrors current issues and is relevant to modern America. I recommend audio book or downloadable the narration is fun especially with the southern drawls and accents. My favorite character is Sunday Justice. I want to see him on the big screen.


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