Extended Audio Sample

Download The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, by Terry Ryan Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Ryan Narrator: Terry Ryan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $15.95 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovation, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday occurrence. Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_000277

Quotes & Awards

  • Prize Winner is the most charming and inspirational book I’ve read in a long time. It bursts with stories of soul, humanity, cunning, courage, and humor in the face of desperate times.” 

    Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The wonderful wacky story of Terry’s mom, Evelyn Lehman Ryan, is a kitsch spin on the classic victim-turned-victor tale that Hollywood so loves.” 

    Daily Telegraph

  • “Nabs first prize in the memoir genre.

    People

  • “Ryan inherited her mother’s way with words and had written this loving and upbeat—and very funny—memoir. Because of that, we are all winners.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • “This book is a well-aimed kick in the pants for anyone who says they don’t have time to pursue their passion.” 

    Calgary Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Murdoch | 2/19/2014

    " Cute book about a woman married to an alcoholic who supported her family by entering jingle contests in the 1950's. Everybody has a story, and I enjoyed reading hers. I'm impressed by her determination and attitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by beth anne | 2/16/2014

    " with a dad who was a drunk, the mom took it on her self to win contests to help her family live. amazing mom... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rosanna | 2/15/2014

    " This was a really interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy A. | 2/9/2014

    " I watched the movie "The Prizewinner" with Julianne Moore a few years back. I knew that it was based on a true story, but did not realize that there was already a book. I really enjoyed the movie, and was struck with the positive and optimistic outlook this woman had despite her married and financial circumstances. She still managed to be a joyful mother, and I'm not sure I could have! So when I saw the book, I wanted to read it. It was a good story, but for some reason I think I liked the movie better than the book this time...maybe because I saw it first? Now I want to watch it again to see if I'm remembering right. "

  • > Show All
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