As a convicted killer awaits execution in Tennessee, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood wonders if he arrested the right man years ago. Searching for answers, he discovers shocking parallels with a case more than a century old, the controversial hanging of a 19-year-old North Carolina woman. Suddenly he finds himself in a frantic struggle to stop history from repeating itself.
Colorful Appalachian characters step from the pages with Sharyn McCrumb's masterful storytelling and Barbara Rosenblat and Jeff Woodman¿s dramatic dual narration.
©1998 Sharyn McCrumb; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
"McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight." (The New York Times Book Review)
Do not worry, the song at the start does not last the entire book.
The narrators do a fine job, maintaining a slower pace than I usually enjoy, but one suited to the story, timeframes and settings.
The story itself takes a bit of time to fully develope, as the two storylines are so very far apart. In fact, it really was not until the very last few "pages" that it all came together nicely.
The only down note for me was the middle part of the book took too long, dragging out the final part of "Frankies" story.
None the less, I would recommend this for someone looking for an easy paced, but diffferent type of story.
What a terrific audiobook. Both readers are excellent, they did a great job. It was a useful device to separate the story lines. Since the Ballad of Frankie Silver is based on a true story, I was delighted to find more information about it on the Net, including a 40 minute film based upon the story behind the ballad, produced by UNC. What a delight, there are pictures of the hamlet and the Silver cabin, which is still standing and still owned by the family. McCrumb did a wonderful job recounting the death of Frankie Silver, her research seems accurate. Then she took the story and interwove it with a modern day tale. I was sorry when I finished the book, it will be a hard act to follow. I loved being transported back to the 1830s, I felt like I was in another place and time as I listened to that portion of the book.
Even though the mystery of the murders was somewhat predictable, this is still a very good book, especially for those reading the ballad series.
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