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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Aasne Vigesaa, James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ballad Novels Release Date:
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Folksinger Lark McCourry is haunted by the memory of a song. As a child she heard it from her relatives in the North Carolina mountains, and she knows that the song has been in her family since 1759, when her ancestor, nine-year-old Malcolm MacQuarry, kidnapped from the Scottish island of Islay, learned it aboard an English ship. The song accompanied young Malcolm when he made his way to Morristown, New Jersey, where he apprenticed with an attorney, became a lawyer himself, and fought in the American Revolution. The song came with Malcolm in 1790, when he left his family and traveled the Wilderness Road to homestead in western North Carolina, where he remarried and raised a second family. The song, passed down through the generations, carries Malcolm’s descendants through the settling of the frontier, the Civil War, the coming of the railroads, and into modern times, providing both solace in the present and a link to the past. Over the years, though, the memory of the old song has dimmed and Lark McCourry’s only hope of preserving her family legacy lies in mountain wise-woman Nora Bonesteel, who talks to both the living and the dead. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/18/2014

    " This was an interesting book. Set in the Appalachians, what I enjoyed most about it was all of the history the author included, both about Appalachian music and the early Scottish settlers. I especially enjoyed her mention of the early Scottish settlers to Buncombe, North Carolina as I can trace my ancestry there. I did not think as far as being an overall great story that it really fit the bill for me, as it didn't seem thecharacters themselves really experienced any kind of growth or triumph as individuals, with the possible exception of Joe LeDonne. They seemed to be there more to embellish the story of the central song whose history is followed in the book. Perhaps that was the point, but I still felt like it would have been more satisfying if the characters had achieved anything from the beginning to the end of the book. Still I'm glad I came across it for the other reasons I've stated. I may read another book by Sharyn McCrumb just to see if I can dig as much history out of the next one. "

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

    " Lots of research in this one. A wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this entire series, but this particular book was probably my favorite. The concept of a "songcatcher" and the interesting traditions of rural Appalachia made for a very satisfying read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Doris | 1/28/2014

    " An Appalachian folk novel about a singer in search of a song. Many interesting hill-bred characters in a variety of historical settings. "

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