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

Most Helpful

Tough but rewarding book.

I was intrigued with this book. While the discription was about a tragic event. The story is one the triumph of humanity over prejudice.
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- Gene Brown

Great book, fantastic story telling

Great book, a story worth hearing. The authorss passion in her own history is compelling.
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- Howard

Book Details

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