The Hundred-Year Walk

  • by Dawn Anahid MacKeen
  • Narrated by Neil Shah, Emily Woo Zeller
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the heart of the Ottoman Empire as World War I rages, Stepan Miskjian's world becomes undone. He is separated from his family as they are swept up in the government's mass deportation of Armenians into internment camps. Gradually realizing the unthinkable - that they are all being driven to their deaths - he fights, through starvation and thirst, not to lose hope. Just before killing squads slaughter his caravan during a forced desert march, Stepan manages to escape, making a perilous six-day trek to the Euphrates River. In his desperate bid for survival, Stepan dons disguises, outmaneuvers gendarmes, and, when he least expects it, encounters the miraculous kindness of strangers.
The Hundred-Year Walk alternates between Stepan's saga and another journey that takes place a century later, after his family discovers his long-lost journals. Reading this rare firsthand account, his granddaughter, Dawn MacKeen, finds herself first drawn into the colorful bazaars before the war and then into the horrors Stepan later endured. Inspired to retrace his steps, she sets out alone to Turkey and Syria, shadowing her resourceful, resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension.

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What the Critics Say

"This previously untold story of survival and personal fortitude is on par with Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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I find it really moving and so harsh what people went through. History is very important. I recommend this audiobook. I would like to meet the family had in brace the family with my heart

I feel the pain and sorrow what those people went through I will always remember that date 24 April 1915.
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- r

Tragic historic events but lacks emotional punch

I didn't know anything about this period of history in relation to the fate of the Armenian people. For that reason, I chose this book, believing a memoir would be a more personal story than a history book. Events follow two time periods - a modern day journey by a young woman - relative of the man who suffered during early 1900s. Her search is to find the places and people mentioned in a set of diaries which reveal Stephan's story. The other time period is about the events that Stephan experienced as an Armenian during a time of persecution. I found the modern part to be engaging. Its first person tale and lively narrator was good but these sections were too short. Unfortunately the sections telling the past are in the third person and the narrator is monotone. I got bored during these bits, even when truly terrible hardships and tragedy was being described. Overall a bit disappointing and I don't feel like I understand the period or the experience.
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- Suzy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio