Extended Audio Sample

Download Drowning Ruth: Five Days to Execution, and Other Dispatches From the Wrongly Convicted Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Drowning Ruth: Five Days to Execution, and Other Dispatches From the Wrongly Convicted, by Christina Schwarz Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36,630 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Schwarz Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2000 ISBN: 9780375417917
Regular Price: $14.96 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $14.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night.

Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered.

Guiding us through the lives of the Starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it.

Download and start listening now!

BK_RHAU_000001

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 2/15/2014

    " It's not Virginia Woolf or anything, but it passes the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Phillips | 2/11/2014

    " This book was a page turner for me. Suspenseful, easy to read and fast-paced! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 2/4/2014

    " Amanda, former nurse, returns to her family's home. She needed a break from nursing wounded soldiers. Events unfold, guilt is felt and family secrets are created. Amanda raises her niece Ruth after her sister Mathilda drowns. Ruth grows up with a memory of drowning too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 2/3/2014

    " I just happened to find this book in the library. I actually really liked this book. I was very happy with the ending! I am sick of books that leave you hanging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2014

    " Intriguing storyline - and fun in the use of local names, customs for this part of Wisconsin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruby | 1/29/2014

    " This could have been a great book, but it was a little slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billy | 1/23/2014

    " This was kind of disappointing after reading Oscar Wao. Drown has nowhere near the breadth of Oscar. Basically, it's a collection of short stories whose central theme is how messed up family life is among Dominicans. It's certainly well done, but one gets the message fairly quickly. The book thereafter bludgeons the reader with this reality. Nonetheless, it was well written. Something kept me reading it. Okay, I also needed to go to the library to replenish, but hadn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 1/22/2014

    " This was read in my 'read Oprah's book club phase'. I'm out of it now as I felt every book she recommended dealt with incest or some other depressing topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/21/2014

    " I read it one day, a page turner for sure. I connected to the characters well because I have a small child myself. If I were to be critical of the book I'd say that it's not the writing that was the problem, it was the suspense. The Author should have known when to give just the right amount of information to keep the suspense interesting and alive. I caught on too quick (page 40) and by midpoint I was just reading to find out how right I was. I hate when I'm reading a book and I'm so sick of it that I want to jump on wikipedia just to know what happens. Maybe that's just my curiosity getting the best to me? I didn't this time but I was right too early on... by my page 40 guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Shannon | 1/19/2014

    " I'm still on the fence about this one. I thought it was really good and a page turner for a while then ended predictably. eh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey Eves | 1/17/2014

    " I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. I felt like it was a bit slow until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/8/2013

    " I really like this book, I found it's twists and turns to be quite fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 4/15/2013

    " I like-hated this book. Amanda drove me crazy, but the story was interesting and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/21/2013

    " I remember this being a good but very depressing book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/12/2013

    " Another sad but good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jude | 12/29/2012

    " I started this one, decided it was not for me, and then came back to it. I ended up loving it! Sad at times, but also endearing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vilo | 10/28/2012

    " This book is well written and interesting but I had trouble identifying with any character. It was thought provoking--trying to sort out the different viewpoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisalou50 | 2/27/2012

    " What a powerful story, loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/17/2012

    " Pretty entertaining. Somewhat interesting characters, but read like a TV movie of the week. Not that much depth for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 11/26/2011

    " I liked it. It was gripping and kept you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 10/4/2011

    " This is a REALLY good book. I recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise Bindon | 8/1/2011

    " it was good at first, but story went somewhere and I got lost in it, but of course stayed with it at the end, read all of it, glad I did... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyndsey | 6/27/2011

    " Meh. It was a good story but the writing seemed forced and amateurish. I recommend skipping this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leanne | 6/18/2011

    " Mediocre. Bland. I couldn’t relate nor understand the main character Amanda, which affected my enjoyment of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 6/18/2011

    " Although it was well written, I got annoyed by the book's continued effort to keep the reader confused as a way of pulling her/him along from one chapter to the next. I didn't really like the characters either - the whole story was kinda creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 6/9/2011

    " One of my favorites in the Oprah's Book Club selection. It was dark and haunting; not your average everyday mystery story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 6/4/2011

    " A woman moves back to her small farm hometown in 1920s midwest to take care of her dead sister’s daughter, Ruth. Very interesting and thrilling. Read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo Lynn | 5/27/2011

    " It was a quick read, and was alright. I thought there was going to be some "Sixth Sense" twist to it, but I was obviously trying to make it much more complex than it really was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/26/2011

    " Excellent for a first time author. Unexpected storyline that pulls you along. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations