The Long Walk : The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

Slavomir Rawicz

John Lee (Narrator)

01-01-06

9hrs 35min

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01-01-06

9hrs 35min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

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“John Lee narrates this astonishing adventure as if every word were a step on the long trek…This timeless tale is given new life in Lee’s fresh narration. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The film The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris, is based on this amazing true story.

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 four thousand 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 returning home, Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army to fight the Germans.

This is his story.

Praise

“John Lee narrates this astonishing adventure as if every word were a step on the long trek…This timeless tale is given new life in Lee’s fresh narration. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

“A poet with steel in his soul.” New York Times

“It is a book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom.” Los Angeles Times

“One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time.” Chicago Tribune

“Positively Homeric.” Times (London)

“You’ll never complain about blisters again!” BackPacker

“One of the epic treks of the human race…His account is so filled with despair and suffering it is almost unreadable. But it must be read—and re-read.” Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

“The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget.” Stephen Ambrose, New York Times bestselling author

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Language English
Release Day Dec 31, 2005
Release Date January 1, 2006
Release Date Machine 1136073600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Biographies & Memoirs, History, Military, Historical
Author Bio
Slavomir Rawicz

Slavomir Rawicz (1915–2004) lived in England after the war, settling near Nottingham and working as a handicrafts and woodworking instructor, a cabinetmaker, and later as a technician in architectural ceramics at a school of art and design. He married an Englishwoman, with whom he had five children. He retired in 1975 after a heart attack and lived a quiet life in the countryside until his death.

Narrator Bio
John Lee

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.

Overview

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The film The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris, is based on this amazing true story.

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 four thousand 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 returning home, Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army to fight the Germans.

This is his story.

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