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The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,565 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Ryan Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. The inspiration for a major motion picture, Evelyn Ryan's story is told by her daughter Terry with an infectious joy that shows how a winning spirit and sense of humor can triumph over adversity every time. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This plucky Middle American chronicle, starring an unsinkable, relentlessly resourceful mother and her Madison Avenue-style magic, succeeds on many levels—as a tale of family spirit triumphing over penury, as a history of mid-century American consumerism, and as a memoir about a woman who was both ahead of her time and unable to escape it.”

    New Yorker

  • “This well-told, suspenseful tale is peppered with examples of Evelyn's winning poems and slogans, taken from the years of notebooks that she saved and passed on to her daughter, and has a fiction-worthy climax that will keep listeners laughing even as they're glued to Ryan's tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nabs the first prize in the memoir genre.”

    People (a Book of the Week)

  • “Ryan's unconventionality and sense of humor triumphed over poverty, and her persistence makes the listener cheer her on. This story is delightful.”

    Library Journal

  • “A Good-natured memoir as compelling as a commercial jingle.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Sandie Hitchcock | 2/18/2014

    " Another Good Read lent to me by a friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Kathie Thompson | 2/15/2014

    " This is a great book about the indominatable spirit of one woman who was determined to make the best of an impulsively poor choice in a husband. It was the 1950's, the era of contests and jingle submissions for housewives to make extra money. She kept the family together, staring down bills at the "11th hour" when the postman brought the prize money to the door. A great read showcasing the strong spirit of a woman. The movie is great, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Roxanne | 2/8/2014

    " I'm particular about reading memoir, and this one raised the bar. Sweet and truthful, without becoming morose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Teresaflegal | 2/7/2014

    " It was amazing what this woman did to provide for her family. Reading these kinds of stories seem to empower me. To help me believe that in a crisis I could do something to make my family able to survive. "

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About the Author

Terry Ryan, the sixth of Evelyn Ryans ten children, was a consultant on the film adaptation of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. She also wrote the San Francisco Chronicles long–running cartoon T. O. Sylvester and two books of poetry. She lives in San Francisco.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.