Black Dog of Fate

  • by Peter Balakian
  • Narrated by Peter Balakian
  • 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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What would have made Black Dog of Fate better?

More objective approach and factual claims

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What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The beginning is great. Memories of his childhood and with his grandmother are very fun to hear

Any additional comments?

This could have been a great book if only the author would have been less biased. The story is very sensitive in nature and requires a great deal of talent, which I think the author lacks. The beginning is lots of fun with his childhood memories, but once part one is over, his style changes dramatically. The story becomes very offensive with full of excoriation and verbal condemnation of the target nation. He often fails to provide proper citation for quotations. I would not suggest this book to those who do not have prior knowledge of the Armenian genocide.

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- Murat

Great book!

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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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- Lm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios