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Do not worry, the song at the start does not last the entire book.
The narrators do a fine job, maintaining a slower pace than I usually enjoy, but one suited to the story, timeframes and settings.
The story itself takes a bit of time to fully develope, as the two storylines are so very far apart. In fact, it really was not until the very last few "pages" that it all came together nicely.
The only down note for me was the middle part of the book took too long, dragging out the final part of "Frankies" story.
None the less, I would recommend this for someone looking for an easy paced, but diffferent type of story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What a terrific audiobook. Both readers are excellent, they did a great job. It was a useful device to separate the story lines. Since the Ballad of Frankie Silver is based on a true story, I was delighted to find more information about it on the Net, including a 40 minute film based upon the story behind the ballad, produced by UNC. What a delight, there are pictures of the hamlet and the Silver cabin, which is still standing and still owned by the family. McCrumb did a wonderful job recounting the death of Frankie Silver, her research seems accurate. Then she took the story and interwove it with a modern day tale. I was sorry when I finished the book, it will be a hard act to follow. I loved being transported back to the 1830s, I felt like I was in another place and time as I listened to that portion of the book.
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