The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner audiobook

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

By Ruth Wariner
Read by Ruth Wariner

Macmillan Audio 9781250077691
9.07 Hours Unabridged
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“The narration by Wariner compliments the candid nature of her story…A captivating and emotional story delivered in a straightforward way without an ounce of self-pity.” — Library Journal A riveting, deeply-affecting audiobook memoir of one girl’s coming-of-age experiences in a polygamist cult. Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father—the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony—is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where her mother collects welfare and her step-father works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As Ruth begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of a girl fighting for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping audiobook resonant with triumph, courage, and resilience.

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Summary

Summary

An iBooks bestseller

A Vulture.com Pick for Books You Need to Read This January

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick of Memoirs Not to Miss

“The narration by Wariner compliments the candid nature of her story…A captivating and emotional story delivered in a straightforward way without an ounce of self-pity.” — Library Journal

A riveting, deeply-affecting audiobook memoir of one girl’s coming-of-age experiences in a polygamist cult.

Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father—the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony—is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.

In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where her mother collects welfare and her step-father works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As Ruth begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of a girl fighting for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping audiobook resonant with triumph, courage, and resilience.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A portrait of real courage in a sea of pretenders. Ruth Wariner, you have my respect as a writer and a survivor.” Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author
“That Ruth survived to tell this story simply boggles my mind.” Jennifer Lauck, New York Times bestselling author
“A haunting harrowing testament to survival.” People
“Wrenching and moving…Wariner is a survivor, but more important, she’s a fantastic writer.” Entertainment Weekly
“An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community” New York Magazine
"The narration by Wariner compliments the candid nature of her story...A captivation and emotional story delivered in a straightforward way. Library Journal (Starred Review)
“This well-written book is hard to put down and hard to forget.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Engrossingly readable from start to finish…An unsentimental yet wholly moving memoir.” Kirkus Reviews
“Wariner delivers her eye-opening memoir of growing up in Colonia LeBaron, the polygamist Mormon colony in Mexico. In a steady voice, without missing a beat, she describes her life as the thirty-ninth of Ervil LeBaron’s forty-two children… This audiobook provides a glimpse of Wariner’s childhood of food stamps, abuse, and polygamy as well as courage, and family. It’s a story that will stick with listeners long after the last word.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Ruth Wariner

Author Bio: Ruth Wariner

Ruth Wariner lives in Portland, Oregon. After Wariner left Colonia LeBaron, the polygamist Mormon colony where she grew up, she moved to California, where she raised her three youngest sisters. After earning her GED, she put herself through college and graduate school, eventually becoming a high school Spanish teacher. She remains close to her siblings and is happily married. The Sound of Gravel is her first book.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English