A riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl's coming of age in a polygamist cult.
Ruth Wariner was the 39th of her father's 42 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 ascend to heaven only 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 stepfather 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 tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.
©2016 Ruth Wariner (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
I was instantly drawn to this book after listening to the preview. I loved Ruth's honesty and her voice brought the story to life. I felt as though I was there with her, through the happiness and sadness of her experiences. Thank you for sharing your story Ruth.
"I wish this was fiction..."
I have read so many discouraging things about the Mormon religion. This is one more sad story to ad to that list. It is a very good, bad listen. I found myself yelling at so many idiots in this book as it went along. I think the only thing that would have made this telling better, is more about the later years. It seems to have dropped off and ended so abruptly. It does tie up loose ends, but not with much detail.
The Sound of Gravel is truly a gripping story that has you invested in the storyline and the characters; angry, sad and joyous on their behalves. I LOVED hearing it in Ruth's own voice!
It's been a long time since a nonfiction book has moved me so much. I am left, literally, speechless. An incredible story.
Amazing true story! Tough stuff but gripping and fascinating and lends insight into polygamy and the human strength and spirit to survive and care for loved ones. Wow! The author is a true, strong survivor! She should be enormously proud of surviving, saving and caring so much for her family.
So chilling to hear the story from the mouth of the woman who lived and survived this horrible story.... Well written dialogue and attention to detail; it is loving, hopeful and maddeningly tragic..... Can't stop listening, be prepared to binge on it because you have to know what happens next.
"Excellent--such a common story among polygamist"
No, I would recommend it however
The main character Ruth--her perseverance and her voice
Its her own account
Very insightful and sad at the same time. I'm glad that she escaped with some sense of normalcy
"the sad truth of polygamy"
Love it . I have been reading a ton of these polygamy book can't understand why these women stay. well I guess I can. fear and brain wash. I wish our government would do more to help these young girls
"Great but narration was bland"
Heart touching story but the narration needed a change of tone. Brought tears to my eyes.
"Open and Hones"
The author was open and honest about the bad and good. I am sure it was difficult to relive some of those experiences but I think it is important that we understand what some of these children are going through.
The author read the book which made this story even better. What Ms Wariner went through was heart breaking but how she survived is inspirational. I listen to books while I walk. I found myself eager to get out for my walk so that I could listen to the story.
What an amazing woman and story. Worth a listen, really makes you count your lucky stars.
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