Where the Crawdads Sing

Version: Unabridged
Author: Delia Owens
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: April 2019
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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More than 6 million copies sold
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade 

'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

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.

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.

Reviews (217)


Written by Jen L. on April 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Pleasant read... took plenty of long walks while listening and this kept my attention. Ending has a twist and was unexpected. Highly recommend


Written by Joanne K. on March 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding book I did not want it to end! So well written and the main character with all her flaws is so engaging with her love of the wildlife and the nature of the Marsh. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book!

Written by GRACE E. on March 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

nice read. felt slow at the beginning, but then couldnt stop playing it

Written by Beth W. on March 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book but I loved it!! What a fantastic twist at the end.


Written by Andy D. on March 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was not the type of book, or audio I would normally read, or listen to. However, I was amazed that it brought out the disappointments of my life. A cathartic read.

Written by Megan F. on March 19th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Just beautiful. Many tears were shed and my heart was warmed immensely.m

Written by Elizabeth G. on March 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved the story, hated the narrator!! Her attempt at a southern accent with varying ages and gender made me cringe.


Written by Cathy P. on March 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A thoroughly engaging story with believable characters of all sorts. Just like real life ... sometimes predictable but more often, not. Highly recommended.

Written by Emma A. on March 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An amazing down to earth story with an unexpected twist that makes you go... "Whoa"


Written by Jamie K. on March 10th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This story was amazing. I am recuperating from eye surgery and must keep head down for hours. This book made the time bearable. Loved the story and narration.