• Black Dog of Fate

  • A Memoir
  • By: Peter Balakian
  • Narrated by: Peter Balakian
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-03-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)


The first-born son of his generation, Peter Balakian grew up in a close, extended family, sheltered by 1950s and '60s New Jersey suburbia. He was immersed in an all-American boyhood defined by rock 'n' roll, adolescent pranks, and a passion for the New York Yankees that he shared with his beloved grandmother. But beneath this sunny world lay the dark specter of the trauma his family and ancestors had experienced: the Turkish government's extermination of more than a million Armenians in 1915, including many of Balakian's relatives, in the century's first genocide.
In elegant, moving prose, Black Dog of Fate charts Balakian's growth and personal awakening to the facts of his family's history and the horrifying aftermath of the Turkish government's continued campaign to cover up one of the worst crimes ever committed against humanity. In unearthing the secrets of a family's past and how they affect its present, Black Dog of Fate gives fresh meaning to the story of what it means to be an American.
©1998 Peter Balakian (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"A rare work of seasoned introspection, haunting beauty, and high moral seriousness." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Balakian writes with power and poignancy, confronting his past with justified outrage and transforming that outrage into art." (Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ladyhawk on 25-05-16


Would you listen to Black Dog of Fate again? Why?

of course, I listened to parts more than once

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Dog of Fate?

with his aunts in Paris

What about Peter Balakian’s performance did you like?

His voice is genuine, but I would have preferred a professional actor

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Diyarbakir life before 1915

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lorna Boyd on 27-04-15

couldn't put it down

this is last time I read an author-narrated book. the reading was infuriatingly bad. but in spite of his horrible & distracting phrasing, the story was so compelling that I read it straight thru. wonderfully written, lovely combination of personal family and graphic historical account of the Armenian experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lm on 27-06-13

Great book!

If you could sum up Black Dog of Fate in three words, what would they be?


Who was your favorite character and why?


What about Peter Balakian’s performance did you like?

Poetic intensity

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

. . . and you thought "Stand By Me" was a good story!

Any additional comments?

Loved it

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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