Testimonial Tuesday: Where The Crawdads Sing

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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." 

With high praise from Roy Kelley and Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, I was enticed to download the audible version of Where The Crawdads Sing for my most recent road trip. It's a relatively long book at 12 hours and 12 minutes for the audio version.  I recommend listening during long stretches of driving because this book draws you in and keeps your attention from the beginning.  

The author Delia Owens wrote the book inspired by her own curious childhood in rural Georgia and her career as a wildlife scientist.  The combination of science and imagination has allowed Ms Owen to weave a remarkable story.

As a young child, the main character, Kya Clark, known as "the Marsh Girl" by the townspeople of Barkley Cove is abandoned one by one by her entire family.  Through no fault of her own, she was left alone to survive with only a shack to live in, a small boat, and no money.  Her journey to adulthood in the marsh is a compelling read.  For a more complete summary of the book, click here

I highly recommend this book for your reading or listening pleasure.

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Will Hamm
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Hello Carol,  Will have to check it out sometime soon,  have a long plane fly soon so maybe then.

Apr 23, 2019 10:44 AM #15
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Carol,

I thought the writing was absolutely beautiful and lyrical.  I did not particularly care for the flashback to past years then to the present.  I guessed the outcome at the third chapter.  For me it was predicatble...just my opinion, I would recommend it for the author's writing only.  A

Apr 23, 2019 10:49 AM #16
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Carol - thanks for the recomendation.  I do all of my reading by audio books in the car.

Apr 23, 2019 10:50 AM #17
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Sharon Lee
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Sounds interesting.

Apr 23, 2019 11:03 AM #18
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Carol Williams
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I hear ya Sally.  Much of my "reading" these days happens in the car. 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Apr 23, 2019 11:57 AM #19
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kathy Streib 
Let me know what you think.  I enjoyed the combination of imagination and science. 

Apr 23, 2019 11:58 AM #20
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Hi Will Hamm 
Enjoy your trip. Let me know what you think if you do read it.

Apr 23, 2019 11:58 AM #21
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel 
Some of it was predictable but I did enjoy the writing style, meshing of imagination and the science. Totally enjoyed this read.

Apr 23, 2019 12:00 PM #22
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Carol Williams
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Hi Grant Schneider 
Much of my "reading" is done in the car too!  Do you have any favorite books you'd recommend?

Apr 23, 2019 12:01 PM #23
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Hi Sharon Lee 
I thought it was definitely worth the time.  A very nice writing style, weaving a wonderful story filled with information about the marsh.

Apr 23, 2019 12:02 PM #24
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Carol that is a book I'd like to read. I read Debb's post and was intriqued. I think we saw a segment on CBS Sunday AM. I like the idea of listening to it on a long road trip too!

Apr 23, 2019 02:47 PM #25
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It is on my list of books to read. Somebody's review here mentioned only was the writing is superb, and I care more about the writing than the story, so I will probably enjoy it.

Apr 23, 2019 09:04 PM #26
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As you know, I really enjoyed it.  Was it a bit predictable?  I guess. None-the-less, it hit the spot for me.  And the ending sort of bummed me out until I really reflected as to how she learned to deal with life - Nature's critters. 

Apr 24, 2019 08:53 AM #27
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HI Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 
I think you would enjoy it.  It's so different than anything I've read over the years and chock full of interesting facts about nature. 

Apr 24, 2019 08:55 AM #28
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HI Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1% 
The writing is excellent and the story is different than anything I've read lately (or ever). 

Apr 24, 2019 08:57 AM #29
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HI Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 
I think when you read enough and watch enough movies, you find certain aspects of any story a bit predictable. Yet, this story was so different with the setting, storyline and facts of nature.  I was a little bummed by the ending too but I guess it'll make a good movie ending.

Apr 24, 2019 09:00 AM #30
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I am glad you enjoyed this book.  I have recommended it many times.

Apr 26, 2019 04:41 PM #31
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Hello Carol - I enjoyed your review and the comments of others who left their thoughts. I like how this book has become another selection of the ActiveRain Virtual Book Club.

Apr 27, 2019 05:41 AM #32
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Hi Roy Kelley 
Me too, Roy.  Many people have read it and others have never heard of it but are intriqued.

Apr 27, 2019 05:50 AM #33
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Carol, having belonged to our Eat&Read group (about 13 women) for over 20 years, we are always gravitating toward wonderfully written books. This one was offered up by our oldest member (a spitfire at 88!), Lavilla Spooner. Isn't that just an incredible name? I want to get it, especially after reading your brief synopsis! 

I'm a book reader, gotta HOLD it. So...next on the list is this one from our library!

 

Apr 27, 2019 11:07 AM #34
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