Ballad

11 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 597 ratings

If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O Publisher's Summary

Written in grease pencil on a tourist postcard, the lyrics are winsome and innocent. But for famous folk singer Peggy Muryan, who has moved recently to the rural community of Hamelin, Tennessee, they are a chilling reminder of a troubled moment in her past.

©1990 Sharyn McCrumb (P)1993 Recorded Books
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  • Book 1

    • If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Sally Darling
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Written in grease pencil on a tourist postcard, the lyrics are winsome and innocent. But for famous folk singer Peggy Muryan, who has moved recently to the rural community of Hamelin, Tennessee, they are a chilling reminder of a troubled moment in her past.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Another Narrator Issue

    • By Me & My Girls on 08-06-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Sally Darling
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    A young minister's wife struggles to understand a sudden, unexplained death. Laura Bryce has lived in the small east Tennessee community such a short time that she still feels like an outsider. But when there is violence on the Underhill farm, the sheriff calls on her to represent the church. He will handle the bodies, but she must comfort the bereaved. However, the unspeakable carnage she confronts in the farmhouse will push her down a rocky pathway of danger and heartache.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharyn McCrumb is a wonderful story teller

    • By Anonymous User on 08-12-10

    Regular price: $26.60

  • Book 3

    • She Walks These Hills

    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Sally Darling
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in McCrumb's multilayered mystery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent story teller

    • By Vickie on 11-11-09

    Regular price: $32.87

  • Book 4

    • The Rosewood Casket

    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Sally Darling
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Randall Stargill is dying. As his four sons gather to build his coffin, a local wise woman arrives with a small box that must be buried with the old man. In it are the fragile bones of a child and the memories of an ancient crime. Already faced with decisions about what to do with their father’s farm, his sons are now drawn into a hazardous conflict between families who would die for their land and those who do not value the rich tradition of the region. As the Stargills attempt to identify the child, McCrumb weaves mystical Indian legends and Daniel Boone’s sweeping visions of his beloved mountains into the investigation.

    Regular price: $23.76

  • Book 5

    • The Ballad of Frankie Silver

    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    Award-winning, New York Times best-selling novelist Sharyn McCrumb crafts absorbing, lyrical tales featuring the rich culture and lore of Appalachia. In the compelling The Ballad of Frankie Silver, she deftly weaves past and present with legend and truth to create a suspenseful portrait of tragic death.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A nice little change of pace.

    • By Daniel on 10-01-04

    Regular price: $34.97

  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

    • The Devil Amongst the Lawyers

    • A Ballad Novel, Book 8
    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35

    In 1934 all the national publications sent their star reporters to remote Virginia to cover the trial of Erma Morton: a beautiful 21-year-old mountain girl with a teaching degree, accused of murdering her father – a drunken tyrant of a man.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • not my favorite

    • By Anonymous User on 04-18-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 9

    • The Ballad of Tom Dooley

    • A Ballad Novel, Book 9
    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Eric Dove
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    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

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 10

    • King's Mountain

    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte, Rick Holmes, Julia Gibson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Sharyn McCrumb is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ballad novels, which celebrate the rich history of Appalachia. An elegant saga set against the American Revolution, King' s Mountain features John Sevier and his legendary Carolina Overmountain Men, who find themselves defending their families and farms against the troops of a haughty British major.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Memorable tale about an important historic event

    • By Chuck on 06-15-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 11

    • Prayers the Devil Answers

    • A Novel
    • By: Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    Suddenly thrust into the role of primary caretaker for her family following the tragic death of her husband, Ellie Robbins is appointed to serve out his term as sheriff of their rural Tennessee mountain town. The year is 1936, and her role is largely symbolic except for the one task that only a sheriff can do: execute a convicted prisoner.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprising twist.

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-12-17

    Regular price: $22.67