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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,878 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat, Jeff Woodma Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ballad Novels Release Date:
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Award-winning, New York Times bestselling 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.

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 nineteen-year-old North Carolina woman. Suddenly, he finds himself in a frantic struggle to stop history from repeating itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dense and lovely but very dark design that illustrates the social hypocrisy of the legal system as much as the harshness of mountain justice—then and now.”

    New York Times Book Review
  • “A riveting tale…two grisly killings that are separated by more than a century but share a chilling secret.”


  • “Reading a novel by Sharyn McCrumb is like listening to the movements of a symphony.”


  • “A novel of mesmerizing beauty and power.”

    Richmond-Times Dispatch

  • “The mountain girl became a legend, one that Sharyn McCrumb has taken and woven into a colorful intrigue of fact, fiction, history and the present.”

    Arizona Republic

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Mysteries

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Grace | 2/14/2014

    " This may be my favorite McCrumb book in her Appalachia series. It's atmospheric and historic and.... just good! "

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

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

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

    " I fell in love with this book when I first read it in paperback a decade a go. But it's a storyteller's story, and it's even more magnificent and haunting to hear it told to you. The audiobook really brings out the beauty in the writing. Though it is part of a larger body of works featuring carry-over characters, it stands along extremely well. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/11/2014

    " I'd give this a 3.75 really. It wasn't my favorite Sharyn McCrumb novel. I did enjoy the Frankie Silver part, but I thought the Spencer/Fate storyline left something to be desired. "

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