Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Drema Hall Berkheimer

Narrated By: Bailey Carr

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: October 2017

Duration: 6 hours 2 minutes


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 reads 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.


  • James B.

    I downloaded this book because of all the great reviews on Amazon and don’t have too much time anymore to read actual books. I couldn’t get through this one - I found the narrator and overall pace of the book very slow and flowery. It just didn’t match up at all with my expectations and will be the last time I download a book without first hearing a demo! It may be a great book, so feel free to discount this book review since I did not reach the end. I just couldn’t deal with it.