• Running on Red Dog Road

  • And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood
  • By: Drema Hall Berkheimer
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave through Drema's childhood in 1940s Appalachia after her father is killed in the coal mines, her mother goes off to work as a Rosie the Riveter, and she is left in the care of devout Pentecostal grandparents. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that feels like a novel with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and indisputable charm. Drema's coming of age is colored by tent revivals with Grandpa, poetry-writing hobos, and traveling carnivals, and through it all, she serves witness to a multi-generational family of saints and sinners whose lives defy the stereotypes. Just as she defies her own. 

Running on Red Dog Road is proof that truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to life and faith in an Appalachian childhood. 

©2016 Drema Hall Berkheimer (P)2017 Tantor

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Narrator’s attempt at a southern accent distracting to story

The story’s characters were lost in the reading of the memoir. The narrator has a lovely and gentle voice. With that said, she would have been better off not attempting an accent not natural to her, it was hard to hear the characters’ voices and get drawn in to the story points. The soft lullaby like cadence muted the grit and tenacity the storyline deserved.

I would love to hear this story reread with a strong women voice rich with tenor and depth. I don’t intend to disparage the narrator. I look forward to hearing her lovely voice again but perhaps reading something that would befit her gifts: a love story, motherly memoir, classic American short story, etc.

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Sweet story

great slice of light story with delightful narration. Heartwarming and fun. Makes you long for those days...

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Nostalgia.....

Loved this entire story with its old-school mannerisms. Familyisms, local lore.... the description of every occasion was so spot on that I could imagine I was right there. Pretty amazing.
I loved comparing, in my mind, the way life was back then, to the time I grew up, and now.
I'm not a re-listener however, I look forward to hearing this story again.

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A sweet and beautiful story!!

I liked ALL of this book and I especially enjoyed the narrator’s voice. I related to the religious background and memories that this family shared. It was just a truly enjoyable book. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Poor narration

It is quite possible that this could be a good book but after listening to the first five minutes I just couldn’t take the narrators forced performance I couldn’t do it

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Beautiful Memories

Loved this one! The narrator did a fabulous job of breathing life into the well-defined characters of Running on Red Dog Road. Beautifully written, Dream Hall Berkheimer takes us on a journey recognizable to older Baby Boomers, regardless of where we spent our childhoods. I highly recommend this one to anyone who yearns to turn back the clock in their minds to relive the days of bare feet, lemonade and lightening bugs.

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A wonderful book

I loved this book from the beginning to the end. The narrator did a soendid job. Having spent many summers with my grandparents in rural Arkansas I could relate to so many things in this story. Although my grandparents were not Pentecostal they were fundamental Church of Christ and my grandfather was instrumental in starting several small churches. It is a wonderful book about times gone by.

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Excellent

Loved this book! Humor mixed with sadness, unforgettable. Fantastic narrator, as well. Highly recommend this.

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Lovely!

I enjoyed this immensely. I live not far from Beckley, WV. My Daddy is one year younger than the author. Although he did not grow up in a strict church setting, his parents taught him basically the same ideals in regards to cussing, telling lies and so on. He is the most humble man I’ve ever known. He doesn’t believe in bragging and he would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. This heart warming memoir immediately felt familiar to me. Both my parents had childhoods that follow the path of this book. Many of the foods mentioned are still very much a part of my life, having learned how to make them from my Mommy. Thank you for sharing your wonderful remembrances. The narrator did well with our southern WV accent, that made the listening all the more sweet.

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Wonderful story

Loved every chapter of this book. The narrator did a great job. totally binge worthy.