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Author: Delia Owens Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2018 ISBN: 9780525640370
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PHENOMENON More than 6 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose.”

    Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery.”

  • “Narrator Cassandra Campbell has a floating, feather-soft drawl that sticks to your memory long after you’ve finished this worldwide bestseller.”

    Elle (audio review)

  • “Narrator Cassandra Campbell serves up a bushel of Carolina accents…[which] give the mix of classes and regions in the story the same realistic detail Owens provides for the marsh… Prepare to be enchanted and haunted. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A fresh exploration of isolation and nature from a female perspective along with a compelling love story.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Both a coming-of-age tale and an engrossing whodunit.”

    Real Simple
  • “A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

    New York Times Book Review
  • “The New Southern novel.”

    Southern Living
  • A nature-infused romance with a killer twist. Refinery29
  • “Through Kya’s story, Owens explores how isolation affects human behavior and the deep effect that rejection can have on our lives.”

    Vanity Fair
  • “A mystery, a courtroom drama, a romance and a coming-of-age story. Where the Crawdads Sing is a moving, beautiful tale.”

    Shelf Awareness
  • Lyrical...Its appeal ris[es] from Kya’s deep connection to the place where makes her home, and to all of its creatures. Booklist
  • A lush debut novel, Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose. It’s clear she’s from this place—the land of the southern coasts, but also the emotional terrain—you can feel it in the pages.  A magnificent achievement, ambitious, credible and very timely. Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author
  • “This wonderful novel has a bit of everything—mystery, romance, and fascinating characters, all told in a story that takes place in North Carolina. Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Anyone who liked The Great Alone will want to read Where the Crawdads Sing....This astonishing debut is a beautiful and haunting novel that packs a powerful punch. It’s the first novel in a long time that made me cry. Kristin Hannah, author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale
  • “It’s just beautiful. I loved every page of it. That little girl Kya stole my heart.”

    Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award–winning actress

  • “Kya makes for an unforgettable heroine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in Women's Detective Fiction
  • A Reese’s Book Club Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A #1 New York Times audio bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Fiction
  • Finalist for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author
  • An bestseller
  • USA Today bestseller
  • An iBooks bestseller in audiobooks
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/10/2020

    " Prendergast and his, maybe, sidekick Coldmoon are together again and solving a new mystery. Severed feet, mysterious location in the swamp, drugs, and even a surprise sharp-shooter to help save the doomed agent certainly create plot twists, anxiety and drama. I just love these novels and Pendergast is my favorite detective, who is both mysterious, daring and casually heroic. Of course!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 7/5/2020

    " Wonderful story. Wild child growing up in the swamp becomes a very special and talented young woman. Rape, betrayal, loss, murder, of course, but also talent, beauty, love both young and enduring, amazing and unlikely friends. Yes, I'll be listening to this one again!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve M. | 4/7/2020

    " Grate read set you back when you are young, but determent that make yourself heard, never gave up. Life is what you make it. There always some one looking over you.Road could be rough never gave up . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~ A Great Listen ~ | 11/2/2019

    " Well developed characters came across as believable people. In the time frame set, all the discriminatory thoughts and acts are believable and realistic. Yet the audiobook is not judgemental not does it try to form the listener’s opinions, as I find in so much modern fiction. It also does not find “fault” or “blame” for the character’s situation. How refreshing to have a audiobook where folks are troubled, yet find satisfaction with their situations in life. Although justice is vigilante, the listener is held to keep listening to find out the conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minerva | 11/2/2019

    " This is a lovely portrait of a brave and fascinating child in an environment totally foreign and unimaginable to most of us. The narrative ebbs and flows with descriptions of a coastal area perceived as uninhabitable even by those who live around it. The maturing of this remarkable child is a story worthy of attention and respect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BARBARA | 8/1/2019

    " I felt as if I had been transported back in time to a place I grew up in ,in Florida even though it wasn't in Florida it had the same feeling and same kind of characters I am familiar with. It touched me deeply. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sandra coffee | 4/8/2019

    " Where the Crawdad’s sing was a spectacular book portraying the strength to survive of a young girl to womanhood of a ‘Swamp born girl. Some of the emotions are heart breaking. The ending was a surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 terry | 4/3/2019

    " Delia Owens is a masterful writer. Spellbinding story and beautiful prose. I look forward to her next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PenEllis | 4/1/2019

    " Oh, my goodness! This was SOOOOO good! I was left guessing right up until the end. My heart was totally wrapped up in the main character's potential and hopes for her future. Powerful, beautifully detailed story and heart-wrenching situations that seemed unavoidable, yet so heartbreakingly painful. I was so sad when it ended. I miss Marsh Girl! :) <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penelope Thompson | 10/15/2018

    " Too good for words. Spellbinding. "

About the Author

Delia Owens is the author of Where the Crawdads Sing, her first novel, and the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa—Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, the African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.