The Long Walk

The Long Walk

The True Story of A Trek to Freedom

Audiobook CD - 2006
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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.

Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, ℗2006, ©1956.
ISBN: 9780786166831
Branch Call Number: Audiobook 940.5472470957 Rawic
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lee, John


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Mar 26, 2014

March 25, 2014....I have the copy from the Chinook Arch system (from LPL) and the first 2 discs are pretty scratched and keep skipping. (extremely annoying when you are listening to them as you drift off to sleep and then have to wake up and ff them.) I am going to try putting them on my mp3 player and see how that goes, (just a warning to anyone else getting these discs from LPL)......This story is almost a replica, (at least on the first disc) to one I read years ago called "An American in Gulag." That book (read during the evening and midnight shift, while working at a printing factory, (a place now shut down and in mothballs as a result of the office printer!) resulted in my never wanting to visit Russia. Scared the be jees us out of me.) Anyway hubby didn't want to listen to this one, but he's liking it after the first disc. I let you know how it goes with the mp3 version after tonight!......using the mp3 worked great, no skipping no glitches, it just took me a few minutes to figure out how to get it hooked up to the stereo that we use in the bedroom, which is an old one. I had to get an adapter cord to plug into the two aux outputs on the back of the stereo and then plug the other end into the earphone jack and then set the stereo to aux. A little complicated, and no rewinding or fast forwarding from the reclining position as the mp3 player was not withing reach and I couldn't use the stereo remote to rewind it. Having said all that, a great way to get around a scratched cd if you have the know how and the right cords available. (Haven't got the know-how, find a teenager to maybe help you out, or maybe your local librarian, could help??) Libraries....gotta love 'em!......oh, and after listening to this, I'm definitely not going to the Soviet Union any time soon! Think I'll just stick to visiting libraries in Southern Alberta, (and maybe....just maybe.....write a book about that!)....just found out, there is a movie made about this story, called "The Way Back".....gotta get it!

bookfanatic1979 Oct 08, 2012

I seem to remember there being some to-do about this story being less than 100% true, but the details escape me. This is a harrowing tale, even if it is (supposedly) embellished. Listening to a book always makes it harder for me to remember certain points—like favorite quotes—but one scene sticks in my mind, even if the exact words don’t. On his first Christmas Eve in captivity, Rawicz and his fellow prisoners are making the long march north to Siberia. One man begins to sing O Holy Night, and each prisoner joins him in their own language. What an amazing moment that must have been to witness.

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