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Download My Old True Love Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheila Kay Adams Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Stantons and the Nortons were families in the truest, oldest sense: extended networks of kin stretching across the mountains, everyone within hiking distance. They'd come from the British Isles and settled in the Appalachians of North Carolina during the 1700s, bringing with them their dearly loved songs and their clannish ways, their ties to the land ultimately becoming as strong as their ties to one another.

So when Larkin Stanton is left parentless at birth in the 1840s, he is taken in by his cousin Arty Norton and, true to the family way, starts singing before he starts talking. As Larkin grows up, he hungrily learns every song he can, as well as the subtleties of ballad singing: how the songs are about the joys and the horrors of life, and how the best singers can produce a song that will summon tears. Going head-to-head with Arty's brother, Hackley, the cousins' competitions to produce the finest song soon spill over into the wooing of the finest girl in the community, Mary.

When Hackley wins Mary and then leaves to fight in the Civil War, Larkin, still too young to enlist, finds himself uncontrollably drawn to the woman who's held his heart for years. What he does about that love defies all he has learned about family and loyalty - and reminds us that these mournful ballads didn't come just from the imagination, but from imperfections of the heart.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shelli | 2/12/2014

    " Really loved this book and read it in one day. Beautiful storytelling about a time when life was harsh, but lightened by a music-loving appalachian culture during the civil-war era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Taylor | 1/28/2014

    " This was a wonderful book that I could not put down. A love story, a story of strength and perseverance and betrayal all wrapped up in one great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn | 1/27/2014

    " Has kinda a Cold Mountain feel to it. Very well written in a colloquial sorta way. Good book, stupid ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Crystal | 11/25/2013

    " I adored this book. Sheila Kay Adams is a wonderful storyteller. "

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