The Long Walk

  • by Slavomir Rawicz
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom. With no map or compass but only an ax head, a homemade knife, and a week's supply of food, the compatriots spent a year making their way on foot to British India, through 4,000 miles of the most forbidding terrain on earth. They braved the Himalayas, the desolate Siberian tundra, icy rivers, and the great Gobi Desert, always a hair's breadth from death. Finally arriving, Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army to fight the Germans.


What the Critics Say

"Positively Homeric." ( London Times)
"One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time." ( Chicago Tribune)
"It is a book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom." ( Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Long swindle, more like

There's something about this kind of book that attracts people like me to pay good money to read (or listen to it): namely that it's a factual account of something that happened. Tales of endurance and hardship are only inspiring if they've happened to real people. It's hard to get inspired by the exploits of Reme in Ratatouille for example.

My suspicions about this book were only aroused near the end with Rawicz's description of, yes, I'm serious, an encounter with two Yeti. Eight feet tall (falling to seven a little later).

I'm the kind of person who wants to know how it ended beyond the book. You know, what was the rest of his life like? What about the others on the walk? What ultimately happened to them? So I consulted Wikipedia, which in no time at all informed me that this story (not least the Yeti episode) doesn't stand close scrutiny.

All of which leaves me, frankly, feeling like I've been swindled. I hope this review serves as a 'errata' sticker for the front cover of this book.

To sum up? Well written but deceptive.
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- Clare

A guilty confession

I started listening to this book fully anticipating an interesting and informative experience. Unfortunately I was let down. Not by the subject matter, what could be more exciting than a remarkable true story of escape and endurance beyond belief. It was just the way the story was told. I feel guilty saying this but it was just boring.
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.