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Always Running Audiobook

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.

By age 12, 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.
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By age 12, 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.

©2005 Luis J. Rodriguez (P)2011 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Rodriguez's account of his coming of age is vivid, raw...Here's truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Every spiky anecdote from a life of guns, razors, uppers, downers, glue, heroin, sex, and early death supports this former gang member's view of the violence as collective suicide. That Rodriguez's memoir takes place... before the '92 L.A. riots only makes this beautifully written and politically astute account more compelling." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Luis J. Rodriguez gives voice to a unique American experience...compelling...[a] fascinating, brutal and ultimately triumphant chronicle." (The Philadelphia Tribune)

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    "Book for all educators"

    This is a book that should be read by all who educate children/teenagers. We need to make sure we are still Honoring our Latino students heritage and are aware of their cultural background and struggles.

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    "This book is a great book to read!"

    This. book has anything you'll ask for. Great for passing time and just a great book overall.

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    "great book"

    my son who is in h.s. had to read this for his class, the book look interesting so I purchased the audio version. listen intently & finish in about 2 days, my son was astonished. It's been great discussing the book with him. Love Luis poetic descriptions & the book.

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    Sean 10-01-15
    Sean 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN"

    I GREW UP IN EAST LOS IN MONTEBELLO IN PRIMERA FLATTS BARRIO. MY LIFE WAS EXACTLY LIKE THIS. IF YOU DIDN'T LIKE THIS BOOK THEN YOUR A SQUARE AND DO NOT DESERVE TO READ THIS BOOK GO READ 20 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA OR OLD YELLER. Hahaha!

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    What would have made Always Running better?

    This sounded like an amazing story, but when I started listening I just couldn't get into it. The narration is awful, and his constant lauding of his achievements was really off putting to me. The story moves so slow....
    I would like to read this book instead of listen to it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Luis J. Rodriguez again?

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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luis J. Rodriguez?

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