Where the Crawdads Sing Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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“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.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 12 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 14 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #39 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Kya Clark’s story was heartbreaking. I felt for the child/young woman who personified loneliness. Left by her family members and forced to fend for herself in a small shack in the marshlands, she grew up isolated, dirt poor, uneducated, and lonely. Known as the Marsh Girl by the locals in the nearby town, she was shunned and ridiculed, making her solitary life in the marsh that much more appealing to her. The marsh became her companion, the wildlife, vegetation, and water gave her solace.
While she did have a few meaningful connections to people, she was guarded with them, and understandably so. She was protective of her heart, knowing full well how it felt to have it broken. As a reader, I wanted Kya to have a good life, whatever that entailed for her. As a mother, I found it unbearably difficult to fathom the life that she lived.
The story is told from her childhood to adulthood. It is part coming-of-age novel and part mystery. It jumps back and forth between Kya’s life in the marsh to the mystery that is unfolding. I was completely invested in Kya’s story and would make time to read every chance I got.
Delia Owens made me feel as though I were right there in the marsh, living amongst the wild beauty and living creatures. I could visualize everything as if it were playing out right before my own eyes. It is an ode to nature and the beauty that surrounds us. It made me want to go outside and appreciate the natural beauty of our world that we all take for granted.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautifully written, heartbreaking, unforgettable story. It may have taken me a long time to get around to reading it, but I'm so glad that I finally did. I hated to reach the final page. It will definitely be making my list of favorite books of 2022.
Kya is living in the marshland in poverty, and each day is a struggle for the family to survive. Her abused mother walks away from home when Kyra is six. Her drunken father often brutalized her older siblings. They left the shack where they lived as soon as they could, causing Kya to be alone with her often-absent and neglectful father. There was little money for food and other necessities. At age fourteen, her father departed leaving her completely alone. Kya, without resources, must struggle to survive against all odds. She is bright and resilient and manages to trade mussels, crayfish and dried fish for meagre food rations and gas for her boat.
Living in poverty and isolation, she is rejected and ridiculed by the townspeople. They refer to her as ‘Marsh Girl’ or ‘Marsh Trash’. She keeps to herself as much as possible. She attended school for only one day and never returned. Barefoot, ragged and dirty, she was harassed by the other children and too ashamed to go back. In her loneliness, she collected and studied feathers and shells. Although illiterate, her keen observations led her to paint the birds, insects, shellfish and vegetation of the Marsh. She also wrote poetry. Her only friends were a kindly coloured man and his wife.
Her shyness and loneliness were assuaged by a growing friendship with a boy, Tate. He taught her to read, which brought the journals of her collections to a new level of expertise as she immersed herself in Biology and Nature books. Tate shares Kya’s profound love and obsession with the living creatures of the Marsh. When she is 15 she believes they are in a long-lasting romance. When he leaves for University to study Marine Biology, he never returns to her as he promised. Kya is devastated, adding Tate to her family members who have all deserted her.
Next, she is in a relationship with Chase, a boy from a wealthy family, handsome, and popular as a High School jock. He deceived her with promises of marriage and a fine home. He has refused to allow her to meet his parents and has been leading her on with lies. Heartbroken, she concentrated on her nature collection, becoming an expert in the field of Marsh biology and botany. Reading about her disappointments and struggles is an emotional experience, making me want the best outcome for Kya.
When Chase was found dead after falling from a high tower, his relationship with Kyra had been the source of gossip in town. She was regarded as the strange and detested loner they called ‘Marsh Whore’. When law enforcement learns of the past relationship, suspicion falls on Kya. With no concrete evidence and unreliable witnesses, the police theorize that Chase did not commit suicide but was murdered by the jilted and vengeful Kya. She is arrested and put on trial. Would the jury which included people who were prejudiced against her for her strange lifestyle convict her of murder?
The ending was a stunner, something I would have never have anticipated. The surprising conclusion raised this book to an entirely new level. This is a marvellous ode to nature, a romance, and a murder mystery. It is a tale of endurance, survival and prospering despite daunting circumstances. *4.5* Stars.