The Fox Hunt: A Refugees Memoir of Coming to America Audiobook, by Mohammed Al Samawi Play Audiobook Sample

The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America Audiobook

The Fox Hunt: A Refugees Memoir of Coming to America Audiobook, by Mohammed Al Samawi Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Assaf Cohen Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062802972

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Longest Chapter Length:

40:48 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

33 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

20:18 minutes

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Publisher Description

A young man’s moving story of war, friendship, and hope in which he recounts his harrowing escape from a brutal civil war in Yemen with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of interfaith activists in the West.

Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen.

Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook.

Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south.

The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.

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“Driving social change in the Arab world is a high-stakes game, and Mohammed Al Samawi gambles with his life. A memoir wrapped in a thriller, The Fox Hunt is one of those rare stories that’s as gripping as it is important.”

— Bassem Youssef, author of Revolution for Dummies: Laughing through the Arab Spring 


  • “Nail-bitingly suspenseful…Al Samawi’s ultimate escape is inspiring, as is his determination to continue to work for international peace and understanding. Illuminating and essential reading.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Gracious and generous, this personal account of a remarkable life is a reminder of how peace comes in small increments as the result of the work of committed individuals.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “If we are to build peace in the Middle East, we must listen to Mohammed’s story.”

    — Steven Olikara, Founder and President of Millennial Action Project

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About Mohammed Al Samawi

Mohammed Al Samawi was born in 1986 and escaped from Yemen in 2015. Since his entry into the United States, he has worked for several NGOs, including most recently the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy. He lives in Washington, DC.

About Assaf Cohen

Assaf Cohen is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has appeared in various plays, short films, and television shows. He grew up in Palo Alto and attended UC Berkeley where he earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology. He continued his classical training by earning a master of fine arts in acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University under the instruction of legendary acting instructor William Esper.