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 7 million copies sold worldwide
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 (253)

Written by Anonymous on July 9th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book!

Written by Barbara R. on July 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great read. Really enjoyed the book.

Written by Anonymous on July 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The end was great but I had a hard time really getting into this one

Written by Deborah S. on June 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

excellent staging

Written by Patty Oole on June 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The slow start and the southern swamp dialects were unnerving, at first. However, it speeds up to a rollercoasting pace. The imagery of the North Carolina outskirts brings to life the unpredictable nature and resilience of the main character and the swamp. Love story. Mystery. Strong Woman. Prejudices.


Written by Marypaz13 on June 25th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was hard to get into, so much so that I almost didn't finish, but decided not to, since I was already more morally invested in the story. After the first 100 or so pages, though, I couldn't put it down! And the ending (0.0) -- like WTF. This is the first book I've read from Reese's bookclub -- I may have another booklist to checkout... P.S. -- the way the author describes the marsh and the scenery of N. Carolina, just breath taking (and I've haven't been there).

Written by beckaboo2u on June 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had been considering this book for a while and am glad I took the plunge. The story goes back and forth in time before finally converging one a crucial turning point for the main character, Kya. I thought it was done very well and it gave further depth into other characters. You won’t get bored at any time during this book. It is not slow, and progresses at a very good pace. I found a little more connection to the book as well since I live in North Carolina. Without further rambling on random compliments to the book, I have to say, one of the more satisfying endings to a book I have experienced in a while (also partly my fault for not reading a lot of fiction). On the narrator, she is actually very easy to listen to. I saw a review about her poor attempts at accents. Having family from the area, some of my older relatives actually do sound a little close to her portrayal of some of the characters’ voices, she just doesn’t have much range in pitch (if that’s right, she is a woman voicing men) so it does sound a little weird at times. Get over that, since her voice is actually very nice, and enjoy. Highly recommend.

Written by Mo-U on June 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story with a twist or two


Written by Anonymous on June 22nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I woke up this morning wishing the book hadn’t ended.

Written by Anonymous on June 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent and engaging. Loved the narrator - she gave a wonderful interpretation of the characters- although still allowing the listener to create the story and the colors.