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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,071 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Shannon McManus, Eric Dove Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. The sensational elements in the case attracted national attention: a man and his married lover accused of murdering the other woman; the former governor of North Carolina, spearheading the defense; and a noble gesture from the condemned man on the eve of his execution, saving the woman he really loved.

With the help of Wilkes County historians and researchers, author Sharyn McCrumb visited the actual sites, studied the legal evidence, and concluded that the traditional story did not make sense. Consulting the maps, the trial transcripts, and the census records, she uncovered a missing piece of the story that will shock those who think they already know what happened.

What seemed at first to be a sordid tale of adultery and betrayal has been transformed by new discoveries into an Appalachian Wuthering Heights. The fictional retelling of the historical account became an astonishing revelation of the real motives and the real culprit in the murder of Laura Foster.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/15/2014

    " I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Sharyn McCrumb does an excellent job of evoking the desperation of life (especially for women)in post-Civil War Appalachia. Although none of the main characters are admirable, they are compelling and McCrumb's skills move the story along nicely. "

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

    " I have enjoyed Sharon McCrumb since she wrote Bimbos of the Death Sun. I loved ( and sorely missed) the Elizabeth MacPherson novels. I lived with my family in West Virginia for 11 years and the people and the place seemed so much like home the ballad novels brought a feeling of nostalgia and longing for that time. Ms.McCrumb's writing made you feel as if you were back there again. Having said all that I had a hard time even giving this latest book 3 stars. The people I knew in WV were mostly the type of people you would want for friends, family and neighbors. I wouldn't want anyone in this book in the same state as me let alone in the same town. Even the people with some redeeming qualities such as James Melton and The lawyer Vance, were unsympathetic. James was a colorless wimp and Vance was an opportunistic social climber. The other characters had so little to redeem them they became wooden and soulless. it's depressing and difficult to read a book with characters you care so little about. I have loved Ms. McCrumb's books and I liked the ballad of Tom Dooley. Not anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fran | 2/1/2014

    " A good story. Fascinating to learn what was behind the ballad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clover White | 1/26/2014

    " Very engrossing book about Appalachia. I enjoyed it immensely, although it did get the song "Tom Dooley" stuck in my head for weeks! I did find it odd that it was considered "A Ballad Novel" as it does not contain any present day characters, as it does in the previous books. Looking at a list of the books, though, I see I haven't read the last two ballad novels, either, and it looks like one of them is solely in the past as well. Anyway, a great read for people who wonder what really happened in history, or just an interesting novel about love triangles and manipulative serving girls! "

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