A few days ago, my family and I drove for 16 hours straight, from Ontario to New Brunswick. Personally, I get very antsy when I am not being productive over a long period of time, so I knew I wanted to keep myself busy during the drive. Unfortunately, I do get a little bit car-sick when reading a paper-back or e-book in a moving vehicle. For this reason, I decided that listening to an audio book from Audible would be my best bet. The book I chose on Audible.com was “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.
When searching for a book I might like to read, I knew I was in the mood for a mystery/thriller, similar to “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, or “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. When I first came across “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, I had never heard of it, but I noticed it has been at the very top of the New York Times Best-Seller list for 21 weeks in 2019, and that is a pretty impressive statistic. The genre of the book also seemed to match the kind of book I was looking for, so I purchased it with my monthly free credit on audible.com.
For those of you who like to multi-task, like me, Audible is perfect because you can listen to a book while doing chores, driving, or even in the bath! I like to change the speed of the reader to 1.5x so I can finish the book even faster. I also love that they give you a free sample of every book, so you can decide whether you enjoy listening to that particular narrator.
The narrator for “Where the Crawdads Sing” was excellent, and a joy to listen to. She differentiated the characters nicely by using various accents and voices, so it wasn’t confusing at all.
I won’t tell you too much about this novel, because I encourage you to read it (or listen to it) yourself. However, the premise of the book is based around a little girl named Kya, who is abandoned by her family and then grows up on her own in a little shack outside of the town. People call her “The Marsh Girl” and most want nothing to do with her. Then, a young man in town dies and locals point to Kya for someone to blame. This book has romance, hope, mystery and focuses on Kya’s love for nature and her yearning for acceptance and somebody to call home.
Since this book was narrated in 12 hours, I wasn’t sure if I would want to spend that much of my drive listening to it, however once I started the book I didn’t stop until I finished it. I really did enjoy it and highly recommend it.
If you, too, want to try out Audible.com and get this book for free, here is the link to the audio book:
If you want the paper version of this book (which I may in fact purchase myself to have in my library, here is the link to purchase the paperback:
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If you, too, like books with a female lead and a bit of mystery, here are the other two books that I mentioned in this post, which I really enjoyed reading:
I am always looking for new books to read, so comment your favourite down below and I will be certain to check it out!