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The Sound of Gravel - A Memoir

Ruth Wariner

"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.

"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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"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.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

22:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

13:05