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Where the Crawdads Sing

Durée : 12 h et 12 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 notations)

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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

Critiques

"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)

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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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  • Lisalou
  • 19/04/2019

Sappy

I probably would have liked the book more if I had read it, but the narrator has a simpering voice with a fake southern accent that I could never get past.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 08/04/2019

Not sure how this book has such high ratings

I was so bored listening to this book to the point of almost not finishing it. I also had a very hard time with the narrator's voices she chose for the characters. I found it very distracting and really couldn't stand Kya's voice.

There was way too much dialogue, slow moving storyline, uninteresting characters, and anticlimactic twist at the end. I know I'm in the minority here, but I just couldn't get into it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06/09/2019

Im sorry I wasted a credit on this book

The narrator made this story so hard to listen to. In trying to make the characters sound ignorant, she made them sound like they all had speech impediments. She was slow and drawn out. Her performance really ruined the story for me.

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  • Jeri
  • 26/04/2019

This book drove me nuts

I'm pretty sure this author has never been to North Carolina. It's set on the NC coast and mentions Asheville about a dozen times. Asheville is in the mountains, about an 8-hour drive from the coast. No one would "run to Asheville" from there to buy supplies or a bicycle or a suit. It's just ludicrous. And with all those mentions of a far away mountain town, the Outer Banks are never mentioned at all! Has she even looked at a map of NC? I don't know why the author didn't choose to set this story in her home state of Georgia, where there are also marshes, and where she'd presumably know the geography. I finished this, but it was a struggle. The story was ridiculous in so many ways, and the characters weren't believable. Maybe if I didn't live in NC and wasn't aware of the glaring geographical absurdities, I could overlook some of the book's other faults, but it was just too much for me. The narration annoyed me, too. The breathy, childlike voice she chose for Kya was grating, as was her over-enunciated sing-song performance. I know she's a favorite of many, but I'm not a fan.

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  • Tracey A Iannone
  • 05/09/2019

Not worth the hipe.

Struggle to finish. Narrator had fake southern accent that was annoying.
Story was not interesting.

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  • NCLady
  • 07/03/2019

Alright, but dreadfully slow

Beautiful descriptions of coastal NC. Story is a bit implausible. Seems over rated to me, but I can understand why some listeners would really enjoy this book. The geography of North Carolina is a bit off. No one drives from the Outer Banks to Ashville to run errands. That is hundreds of miles. Rocky Mount would be more plausible.

Enjoy, if you like this genre.

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  • Seattle blues
  • 17/08/2018

Wonderful

This was a wonderful Audible book to listen too. Set in the 1950's, it's a tale of a young girl who is abandoned and rejected not only by her family but also by the towns people. She is known as the Marsh girl, left to fend for herself at the age of ten. She is befriended and loved by some but mostly talked about by the towns people as that Marsh trash.
Those who have befriended, cared for and loved her along the path of her loneliness and growing up, see the value and worth of her hard won self taught skills. It was a moving story that will be read and reread in my lifetime.

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  • LZ
  • 08/04/2019

Why is this book so popular?

I do not understand why this book is so popular. The story is uneven and difficult to believe, the characters are one-dimensional, and the ending was predictable. The narration gave the main character a breathy childish tone that rarely changed. We hear a lot about rare feathers and being left behind. It took a long time to set the backstory for the eventual conflict and it wasn't worth the wait.

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  • Violet
  • 16/11/2018

Didn't love this!

I was all set to love this book. Living in North Carolina and being an admirer of the coastal natural environment, I thought this book would be just my thing. I see that most other reviewers loved it. But I found this book to be heavy on cliche and shallow stereotyped characters, and just couldn't buy the motivations of some of the characters in certain parts of the book. Why did the supposedly caring mother leave all her children with someone she knew to be abusive--and never contact the children again? Why was Kia "walking like a duck" when Tate spied on her? Huh? I just couldn't buy the wealthy (and predictably also arrogant and violent) man's interest in Kia either. It just did not follow. I couldn't buy the idea that someone who had never been more than a few miles from home could write a guild to seashells of the east coast. The cringe-worthy depiction of the black mammy could not have been more stereotypical--it was painful to read. She says "Lawd" all the time and calls Kia "Chile." Many characters were constantly saying "I reckon...."

The best writing in this book happened when the author was writing about nature. The writing there is honest, compelling, clear, and sometimes poetic. Wow! This person CAN write. And maybe will improve with experience? I hope so. Even though I didn't love this book, I wish I could go bird watching with the author down on the NC coast.

The other thing that I didn't like was the narration; it might be just me, but Kia's weird baby voice and Beverly Hillbillies accent grated on my nerves from the start. Probably it would be better in print.

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  • S.C.
  • 21/03/2019

Boring

Kept hoping the story would pick up. It was painfully boring. Don’t get all the acclaim...

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  • Doris
  • 14/10/2019

Mehr davon, bitte!!!!

Dieser Roman ist einfach nur großartig und ich kann nur hoffen, dass die deutsche Übersetzung genauso wunderbar geschrieben ist, wie das amerikanische Original. Beim Hörbuch hat mich ein bisschen die Stimme der Protagonisten geärgert. Die Sprecherin gibt jedem Charakter im Buch eine eigene Stimme. Die der Protagonisten wirkte auf mich wie ein naives Mädchen, was der Protagonistin meiner Meinung nach nicht gerecht wird. Sehr gut hat mir der Südstaaten-Slang gefallen; das amerikanische Hörbuch ist nicht für Anfänger.

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  • Maria Scheib
  • 27/12/2019

4 1/2 Sterne

Ich habe das Buch gerade zu Ende gehört und kann nicht leugnen dass es einen ziemlichen Nachhall hat.
Die Geschichte ist wunderbar geschrieben, die Charaktere sind sehr gut gezeichnet und es ist sehr spannend.
Warum dann 4 1/2 Sterne? Weil ich das Buch nicht nochmal hören oder lesen würde. Irgendwie hat mich die Geschichte, die Erzählweise und auch die Art wie sie gelesen wurde niedergeschlagen.

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  • Martina Mühlemann
  • 04/12/2019

wunderbar

Eine packende Erzählung einer bis zum Schluss spannenden Geschichte. Ergänzt durch wunderschöne Bilder wilder Natur.

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  • Christina
  • 09/10/2019

I really enjoyed hearing it!

I needed some time to but towards the end I could not stop hearing it. I loved the wild, strong and unique female main character. The love story is beautiful, but no too plain. The story touches upon some crucial social issues (prejudices, racism, superficiality etc.).
The speaker did a good job interpreting the characters.
I'd most definitely recommend it!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 08/10/2019

A wonderful and touching book!

Excellenty written, it was really hard to put down.

The reader, while not excelling with male voices, compensates with her dreamy and misty voice that is perfect for this setting, and does such a (mighty) fine job at conveying emotion, that has brought me to tears several times throughout the book...

Highly recommended!

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  • Kerstin
  • 08/10/2019

What an awesome book ❤️

I really love this book....
Although it took quite some time to get accustomed to the various slangs of the southern people it’s an awesome story.... very beautiful written....
Just let yourself drift away ❤️

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 05/10/2019

Captivating and amazing narration

Highly recommended. Many unexpected twists and turns. Superb writing. Also great narration, the voices were great.

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  • sportsell
  • 06/06/2019

Jede Minute ein Hochgenuss!!!

Einfühlsam, spannend, fesselnd, mitreißend.... Delia Owens hat eine wundervolle Sprache! Eines der Bücher, die man vermisst, wenn es beendet ist!

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  • eva hartl
  • 04/04/2019

Great book

I loved reading this touching story! I have to buy the paper book to reread the poetry!
Thank you

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  • M.H.
  • 11/11/2018

Wundervolle Reise

Ich habe jede Minute geliebt! Es war eine fantastische Reise in die Sumpflandschaft in North Carolina, wo mich Kya und die wundervolle Beschreibung der Natur komplett in ihren Bann gezogen hat.

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