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Where the Crawdads Sing

Auteur(s): Delia Owens
Narrateur(s): Cassandra Campbell
Durée: 12 h et 12 min
Catégories: Littérature, Historique
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 200 évaluations)

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Description

Number-one New York Times best seller

A Reese's Book Club + Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick

"I can't even express in words how much I love this book...the way it’s performed on Audible just took me right back to my long summers in Tennessee. This story has a special place in my heart - I didn’t want it to end." (Reese Witherspoon) 

"Painfully beautiful." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver." (Bustle)

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.

©2018 Delia Owens (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Narrator Cassandra Campbell serves up a bushel of Carolina accents in this debut novel by nature writer Delia Owens. Campbell's accents 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." (AudioFile)

"A lush debut; Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose." (Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight)  

“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.... Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders - and dangers - of her private world.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on.... Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut.” (People)

Ce que les membres d'Audible en pensent

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  • Au global
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Highly recommend!

I started this audiobook to pass the time while stuck in traffic - but within no time I was listening to it in every spare moment I got. Excellent story all the way through!

18 personnes sur 19 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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My heart ached and soared while listening to this

I heard about this book through Reese Witherspoon’s book list and decided to download as audio book after reading reviews about the narration. Absolutely the right decision.
This is by far the best audio book I have ever listened to. The narration was brilliant and made this story come alive. I was moved to tears so many times throughout this novel. Her innocence, loneliness and resiliency were powerful. I really did not want this one to end.

20 personnes sur 22 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Kim
  • 2018-09-19

Disappointed

Not going to call this a mystery: it is only a mystery if you are a turnip. The foreshadowing is so heavy handed I felt like I got clipped upside the head. There was some lovely writing in this book and the main plot line had great potential but I was so fed up with the main character I could have howled in protest. This was horrifically overwritten as if the author was afraid the reader would be, well, a turnip. On the plus side, I enjoyed the description of the marsh and the wildlife but I am afraid all of two legged mammals in the novel were about as subtle as cartoons. Made for a very jarring read with the lovely layered marsh as a background and great galumphing cartoon figures running around all over it.
#Audible1

16 personnes sur 18 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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Good story even though it was predictable

I didn’t like the narrators attempt of a southern accent of the characters but the story was entertaining. The marsh was described beautifully and it’s inhabitants without mention of mosquitoes.

4 personnes sur 4 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

A Harlequin Romance, with Zoology Thrown In

As most reviewers note, the story takes place in a marsh on the North Carolina coast, in the mid-20th century.
The descriptions of the marsh and the many creatures that live in it are beautifully and lovingly rendered. And the story, about small girl who lives alone in the marsh from about nine years of age, begins with great promise. But all too soon the book becomes a Harlequin Romance, with random zoology lectures thrown in (and one brief physics lecture also). The female hero is hauntingly beautiful and absurdly well accomplished. At ten years old, after her family have abandoned her one by one, she learns to earn a living digging mussels and smoking fish. Thereafter, this ten year old grows up by literally by herself in the marsh. Despite having exactly one day of schooling in her life, her first boyfried teaches her to read over a few weeks one spring when she is 14. By the end of the summer she is reading whole biology textbooks. At 22 she publishes not one, but two zoology books (shell fish; birds) that she has illustrated with her own water colours and oils. Not bad for a girl who has lived essentially in isolation, with no schooling, all her life.

But the worst part is her two romances. This self-confident and supremely accomplished great beauty has romances with two very handsome men, one a scholar and the other just rich. By the time the girl reaches her teens she has developed a healthy interest in clothing and makeup, and she manages to have a beautiful wardrobe (albeit a somewhat used one) and even some lipstick which, ten years after her mother left home, can still be used. In the Harlequin vein, the relationships have a lot of promise of sex, but much more chastity. People cuss a lot, but only very rarely do we hear the actual words. Of course, her affairs with the two man-boys intersect, and she has to choose the right one. You will have to listen yourself to see if she makes the right choice.

I can't believe this book would have received the attention it has received had it not been recommended by famous people.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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Wonderful Story Wonderfully Narrated

I really enjoyed this book and how it was narrated. The pace allowed me to visualize the story and the voices made the characters clear. I loved the unfolding of Kaiya’s life.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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I stayed up half the night!

I could not stop listening to this story. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, intriguing and the characters were intricate and expressive. I loved the layered plots that unfolded like a great who done it, Leaving you searching for clues and trying to figure out what happened until the very end. A beautiful love story, a murder mystery, and a triumph all rolled into one great novel. I will be looking for more stories from this author.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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I loved every moment of this book<br />

It's been awhile since a book made me cry out loud. Kya had me cheering for her from the start, and crying with pride for her every step of the way. this book did not disappoint me in any way.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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amazing but sad even when its happy

it was an excellent book, amazing unique character, unique setting and keeps you on your toes. could have been shorter but I can appreciate that much of the embellishing was to provide a really strong sense of the setting. It just became tiring at later high-stakes parts of the book. I was getting so stressed that I had to google how it ended ( I have NEVER done that) because the character goes through so much and life is not fair or kind to her, therefore I needed to be prepared regardless of the outcome for her. I felt quite deflated at the low points and the shiny happy parts are few and far between. but still beautiful and pulls you right into the marshes. it's a vivid picture the author presents of the environment and the time period and the narrator delivers the story and characters so well. maybe my mistake was listening to it on my commute, it might be better done in the evening or another leisurely time.

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Loved It

I loved it! the story was so intriguing and unique. The performance was astounding. I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Au global
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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-05-28

Sing with the marshgirl

Delia Owens describes the marsh so well and this story of the marsh girl is so realistic you may think it's a true story. All characters are real, living people you may end breathing with them.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • Texas
  • 2019-08-25

Kind and far fetched

I am surprised I am reviewing the same book as the other listeners. I usually like popular books.

First of all I love books set in the Carolina shores. I have read everything by Pat Conroy more than once. Where the Crawdads Sings is not what I expected. The basic story line isn't believable to have lasted so many years. Characters actions are to far fetched and not plausible. I just didn’t like it.

I don't recommend.

14 personnes sur 15 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Laurien in Oregon
  • 2019-07-22

So many 5 Stars? Seriously?

Wow. Over eighty thousand reviews and mine is the first two-star buzzkill. The understatement, "This is a work of fiction," need not have been included. Early in the story, the plot details sailed well beyond my willing suspension of disbelief - and kept right on going. Vivid descriptions of the wetland ecosystem saved this book from a one-year rating. - even though crawdads don't sing.

21 personnes sur 23 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-08

Did Not Live Up to Hype

Going into this book, I was aware of overheard conversations at bookstores purporting the stunning, lyrical prose. Also, after reading blurbs, I was skeptical of the story itself which sounded banal and predictable. With these prejudices, I soldiered into the pages, figuring it may be a boring, cliched love story with lovely poetic insight—the sort of book I like for long car rides but swear off as serious reading.
Unfortunately, I did not find the passages lovely at all. I found tired and forced metaphors, unbelievable relationships, and cliched and uncreative observations of a world that in so many other cases across literary and cinematic history leads itself to creative prose in the most uncreative mind due to the natural terror and fantastical elements of every swamp everywhere. And these issues were strictly lyrical.
The story itself was worse than even the blurbs had led me to believe. The characters were cliched and their motivation seemed unfathomable at every turn, the outcome was evident from page 1, and I have read the story before in a thousand guises (or not read, because these stories are archetypal romance and easily picked out and removed from the herd of decent literature).
I do think that for a first book, this is a decent start, and had the literary world not lost their mind, I would believe that the natural critique of the bad elements of the story would serve to tighten these elements in the author’s future work so that forthcoming manuscripts might show promise.
Alas, after the hype, I fear the author will churn out more forgettable yawns such as this. And there we have the real tragedy of hype.

34 personnes sur 38 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • melissa
  • 2019-05-26

I don't get all the hype...

This book was just okay. Interesting enough to finish (on accelerated speed) but really not that captivating. I found it to be predictable and simple, kind of like the character.

20 personnes sur 22 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • daryl fant
  • 2019-03-28

The Awakening + Your college Ecology Textbook

Poetic rhetoric. Profound knowledge of the marsh. Plot was slow and mostly intrinsic. Struggled to finish it. The Narrator's voice drove me crazy.

20 personnes sur 22 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • G. Lambert
  • North Alabama
  • 2019-03-22

Very tragic and dismal story.

I would rather have spent my time on something else. Reluctantly I stuck with it until the end but it didn't get any better...just more tragic. Good writing and narrator, but I didn't like how tragic it was from cover to cover. i like stories to uplift me, entertain me, not bring me lower.

20 personnes sur 22 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • jt
  • United States
  • 2018-12-16

Too long

Thought it was way too long..could have told the story
the story in half the time..narration just fair..too many characters for one voice..honestly, boring

20 personnes sur 22 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • TodayMom
  • 2019-07-19

did not hold my attention

After reading the mixed reviews on the story, I thought I would give it a chance. I usually like Southern tales. Seemed too over performed so it did not hold my attention long enough to get through more than a few chapters. Several hours yet to drive so I'm moving on to a new book.

19 personnes sur 21 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Simone
  • 2019-04-04

Boring.

I am the minority on this one. I don’t like it. I am more than half way through and only enjoyed one chapter. The author is way too detailed on things that do not matter. Also, I have the audible version and can not stand the lady narrating. She would be better with meditation books. She’s so damn slow and her ‘voices’ for characters are terrible. Really makes Kia sound stupid. I will probably forge through, but if it takes over 8 hours to get to an enjoyable part, wasting my time.

19 personnes sur 21 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • JB-PA
  • 2019-06-10

One of the Most Disappointing Bestsellers

While the title is intriguing, the story is a cliche, made worse by the performer’s pitiful portrayal of the lead. The novel is very uneven, mostly melodrama, with moments of possibility squashed by unending repetition and ponderous detailing. There are a few very likable characters who escape contrivance. Most don’t. The relationship between Tate and Kiah (spelling might be off as I did the audio version) is so overly drawn out in its hesitancy, it makes Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara look like a quickie. The story’s long lead-up to a fast and predictably wrapped conclusion emphasizes it’s unevenness and contrivance. I can’t help but think that even some of the more experienced Romance writers might have woven a better story with the interesting premise.

25 personnes sur 28 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente