This was a devastating and enlightening book. Elie Wiesel's story about his time in a concentration camp, the loss of his family, and his loyalty to them until the end, was heartbreaking. What made this story unique was how many questions were raised about how people live through such suffering. The most interesting question that was woven into this book was: how do people who believe in God, and whose lives revolve around their belief in God, understand the holocaust? How does someone in a concentration camp lose the ones they love, and live through such brutality and suffering, continue to believe in God?
He's been there!
A Day in the Life of Ivan Dennisovitch -- a look into the darker parts of men's souls.
No -- But I would listen again.
The whole book -- I was absolutely glued. It's not for the faint at heart, though.
If you are into WWII history, history of crime/punishment, or holocaust/gulag history, this should be in your collection.
A great combination of Elie Wiesel's story and George Guidall's performance makes this a masterful listen. I could have said wonderful but that is probably not the proper word considering the subject. However, the story--autobiography--Elie writes is so realistic and detailed it draws an exceptional picture of this period of horror and terror.
George Guidell is at his best...
"There is so much suffering crying out for our attention. Victims of hunger, racism and political persecution..." Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Award Speech
It is never easy to read books like this one. Full of heartbreak and suffering. But it is always important to hear the voice of those who stayed quiet and suffered as to it not be in vain.
I keep thinking back and ask myself how this could have happened? And then I look at the news and realize things like these are still happening in the world. We hear of the wars in the world, the devastation of the people going to through this and the refugees gained by other countries because humanity has been obligated to leave their own country because of them. The racism and the reverse racism that plagues the US at the moment.
The hunger of the Venezuelan people, the war against drugs and corruption in Mexico. It is only a small part of the suffering that many go through on a daily basis.
How do we keep letting this happen? What happened to our humanity?
In the words of Elie Weisel "It only takes one person with integrity to make a difference"
Then it is up to us to stand up and make a difference, bring our humanity back!
I love books, I never thought I'd enjoy audible so much. There a few that didn't do it for me, when the narrator is good, it make it real!
Elie Wiesel's account of the horrors of his captivity was gripping and painful to hear. I'd just finished when I heard he'd passed away. I cried as if I knew him.
His listening to his father calling him in the night and his not answering.
Pain, sorrow, fear and crushing regret. It was a visceral reading.
I didn't want to...but I was unable to stop.
This period in our history still leaves me weak. Every story worse than the last. I had the distinct honor to have interviewed Esther Hautzig [The Endless Steppe] before she died. We talked for hours over tea and plum cake. She was a remarkably genteel woman. It was one of the most profound interviews of my career.
I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.
It was Wiesel's death that put this book on my radar. My heart ached at the end of his story of his life, no existence in the concentration camps. I finally have a glimpse at the meaning of concentration. But then there were other entries from Elie himself and others that gave the magnitude of this story that we must forever tell. Will I read any of his other books? Eliezer himself said it is the one story all the others are based. This is the best historical account I think I have ever read. So from that I'll remember to put Dawn and Day on my to read list.
essential reading for everyone, starting with all students in school and also by every adult. as powerful now as ever. even more powerful listening to the narration
Although we, humanity, want to believe that the kind of atrocities, so brilliantly described in this book, are part of our past and will stay there forever, life has shown us that if we dare to forget these horrible events, we'll be doomed to live them again. Elie's description is impeccable, his narrative is superb and as a reader one can even try to understand what he lived at that time. I wish this book could be an obligatory reading for everyone interested by its historical perspective, but moreover by the hope of a better humankind.