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Always Running

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Luis J. Rodriguez

Narrated By: Luis J. Rodriguez

Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

Date: November 2011

Duration: 10 hours 37 minutes


By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East L.A. gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests, then watched with increasing fear as that culture claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more - until his son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in this vivid memoir. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-learned lesson for the next generation.


  • Ivan Legarda

    Great story and I would not have wanted to hear it from anyone else than the author himself.

  • Cardon Slater

    This journey was incredible from a former gang member in Los Angeles. It provided a keen perspective for me because I grew up in Inglewood California where bloods and crips were at our families door step on a daily basis. It makes me wonder and empathize with the other brilliant minds out there right now; if they had the chance to express themselves like "chin" did with his story.

  • Crystal Howell

    Good but the narration wasn't great. It really makes you think about the things that cause people to end up where they do in life.

  • Amber Vinson

    Great book with an in depth view of why a young man would turn to the gang life. Eye opening and very easy read.

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