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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,879 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Sharyn McCrumb Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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One hundred years after a woman is hanged, the search for justice reveals a story of simple faith, obsession, and murder. In 1832, an 18-year-old Frankie Silver was charged with murdering her young husband. In 1833, she became the first woman in the state of North Carolina to be hanged for murder. But was she guilty? More than 100 later, Tennessee sheriff Spencer Arrowood is determined to reveal the truth behind this unanswered question.

The Ballad of Frankie Silver flawlessly weaves past and present, truth and fiction, folklore and legend in a spellbinding story that sweeps from the drawing rooms of early aristocracy to the ruins of a one-room cabin deep in the Appalachian wilderness...from a 19th-century courtroom and the infamous Hanging Oak of cold, bare room where a final jolt for modern justice is delivered. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/10/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Story moves between past and present, slowly uncovering the true story of what happened to Frankie. I read the book in 2003 and I still think about it today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/8/2014

    " There is not always justice in our world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 1/31/2014

    " This was a fantastic, multi-layered mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/25/2014

    " I love this book. It was a summer reading for our school, and the author visited our school, but the kids never connected to this book. It's actually two stories in one: Frankie who is hanged in the 1830's for killing her husband and Harkrider in modern times who is being executed for killing two hikers on the Appalachian trail. I loved the multiple voices, the way the book makes me think about who we choose to execute and why (definitely shows racism, etc.). The book is crafted well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/21/2014

    " too much courtroom, too much background, damned tedious "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 1/16/2014

    " very good book, enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/13/2014

    " This book will haunt you for days after you have finished the book. Not a scary haunting...but I found it creeping into my thoughts during the course of the day. I have read it three times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 12/17/2013

    " The book was okay, but the past story was too long and drawn out, the present story line was kinda unbelievable. I cried when they described her demise, felt it was unfair. I read this book paperback, so hard since I've been reading on my kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/6/2013

    " A supposedly true story. She says the husband's graves are there....all 3 of them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Winkler | 11/26/2013

    " McCrumb really does her research and she knows Appalachia--authentic voice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/19/2013

    " Continuing with this great Appalachian mystery series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lou | 9/15/2013

    " This was the first McCrumb book I read and she hooked me. This tragic story so beautifully told and juxatposed with a contemporary mystery was a real treat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 7/2/2013

    " Did not like at all - others MUST be better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janalynn | 3/15/2013

    " This is no fluff book. It makes you thing about when to do the right thing and what the right thing is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Flusche | 3/8/2013

    " Best McCrumb book so far with the exception of "St. Dale", which started me on this auther "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/30/2012

    " i'm a sucker for the fictionalization of of a true story. if you don't know about frankie silver, you should. it's based in morganton and bakersville, my hometowns. i enjoyed it and learned a little something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 9/10/2012

    " A good solid regional mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 7/13/2012

    " The true facts of Frankie Silver alternating with a current day fiction story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 3/25/2012

    " This book is written in one of my favorite forms; present to past, every other chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 2/25/2012

    " Disappointing. She's a good writer, but this is mostly a based-on-a-true-story with a modern mystery as a wrapper and it failed for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 7/5/2011

    " This book is surprisingly good! I liked the way the author combined an old and a new crime story into one, although the older one is told in much more detail, maybe because that one is based on a factual case in which 18-yr-old Frankie Silver is accused of killing and then dismembering her husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurean | 6/2/2011

    " . I think that McCrumb is one of the finest "storytellers" in contemporary fiction, and this interesting combination of a true life mystery and a detective novel was so compelling and vividly written that I couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanna | 5/21/2011

    " Probably my favorite McCrumb book so far - highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 4/28/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Story moves between past and present, slowly uncovering the true story of what happened to Frankie. I read the book in 2003 and I still think about it today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2011

    " This book will haunt you for days after you have finished the book. Not a scary haunting...but I found it creeping into my thoughts during the course of the day. I have read it three times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " too much courtroom, too much background, damned tedious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/26/2011

    " Continuing with this great Appalachian mystery series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/27/2010

    " This was a fantastic, multi-layered mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sschnitker | 9/7/2010

    " Haunting example of a culture clash. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rcharbon | 8/14/2010

    " Disappointing. She's a good writer, but this is mostly a based-on-a-true-story with a modern mystery as a wrapper and it failed for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 6/5/2010

    " A wonder and joy to read. How engrossed you become in the characters. Sharyn McCumb is a wonderful and insightful writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookendsused | 2/24/2010

    " Possibly the darkest of McCrumb's Appalachian series, but worth every word and worry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti | 2/6/2010

    " A haunting and historical mystery from the mountains of NC. Learned a lot about those who settled the mountains, plains, and coast. Found myself cheering for Frankie. "

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About the Author
Author Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, If I Ever Return, and many more acclaimed novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and she has been honored for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature. Her awards include Best Appalachian Novel, the Agatha, and the Anthony as well as the Edgar Award and the Nero Award. McCrumb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and holds an MA in English from Virginia Tech.