Granite Falls, NC, United States
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  • The Ballad of Tom Dooley

  • A Ballad Novel, Book 9
  • By: Sharyn McCrumb
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Eric Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

The Kingston Trio’s folk song “Tom Dooley” tells the story of the murder of Laura Foster, a simple country girl involved with returning Confederate soldier Tom Dula. But Tom was also engaged in a passionate affair with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful - and married - Ann Melton. One May morning in 1866, Laura Foster stole her father’s horse and left home, telling a neighbor that she was eloping to Tennessee. Three months later, her body was found in a shallow grave only a few hundred yards from where she was last seen.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Scott E. Walters on 11-23-11

The Story of My County

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Reviewed: 11-05-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ballad of Tom Dooley to be better than the print version?

I have a reading comprehension problem. I prefer to read aloud to another person or have a person and I go back and forth with reading aloud. It doesn't help that I never much cared for the story of Tom Dula and Laura Foster even though I live in the county this legend is from.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Pauline Foster. She is so magnificently nefarious. She has manipulated everyone and no one seems to notice. She has the simple wish to just watch Anne crash and burn.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't have a favorite scene, but I do enjoy many of the lines of Pauline Foster. Her wickedness shines though everything. She has the power and has the ability to hide it and make the situations worse. She portrays this through her worst of lines. She knew what she was doing and didn't seem have any remorse to watch her kin fall flat.

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