I have loved listing to books on tape for years,This book is so moving that I find it hard to beleave that there are still people in this world that beleave that this story is a made up account. every person in the world should read this book and then make a donation to an orgination anyone that keeps this from happening again.
I bought this more because of it being an Oprah's choice than really "wanting" to read about this topic. Her suggestions are excellent, and this one was no different. This is an important subject and it is good to be reminded of past atrocities, so they hopefully will not be repeated in the future.
Certainly the author did an excellent job of conveying his experiences. Some of the content is so subtle, I had to "rewind" to hear it again to make sure I heard it correctly. The narrator did a wonderful job. His inflections fit the emotion of the scenes perfectly.
The material is not new, nor does it bring about any different perspective. But it is significant. This should be on a required reading list in everyone's life.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Eliezer, the main character of Night who is mostly but (possibly) not completely the alter-ego of Elie Wiesel, has a moment, early during his Holocaust experience, where he believes, hopes, that it is all a nightmare from which he will imminently awake. He soon realizes that it is all too real, worse than a living nightmare, a relentless series of night terrors for him and his father and the people around him.
Wiesel's pared-down memoir of the Holocaust is mostly straightforward description of what he experienced, how he went from one place to the next, how he was treated, how he found food, how he survived illness, what was happening to those around him, most notably his father, with him most of the time. Only on occasion does Wiesel delve into his feelings, but when he does, that's where his account really hits home.
Worst of all are his feelings about his father. As much he strives to keep together and stay alive, he agonizes over the sense that his own chance of survival would improve if his father was not there. He feels terrible guilt about being rendered powerless to intervene when his father is mistreated. Sadly, Wiesel does not attempt to explore how his father felt about having to play the same role for his teenaged son.
There is also Wiesel's famous abandonment of God during the course of his experience, quite understandable but not nearly universal among survivors.
For me, this book was more personal. My father's experience was nearly identical -- dread of impending war overlaid by unfounded optimism among those who chose to stay (one of my father's brother emigrated to Palestine before the war), years in the ghetto (Lodz for my father), deportation by cattle car to the camps (most of my father's family died in those cars), arrival at Auschwitz and the selection process under the evil glare of Mengele, death march in mid-winter to a far-off camp, loss of a family member (sister) just before liberation.
My father rarely spoke about those things. Later in life, when he did, it was mostly about the broader events. Wiesel gets into detail, how the camps were organized, how they were supervised, how the selection process worked, how they were fed, how they dealt with each other. And how people died. I found incredible and indelible power in his spare but detailed account, punctuated by the profound of emotions about his father, his God, his guilt, about humanity and inhumanity, the survival instinct, and having to live with terrors that cannot and should not be forgotten.
There isn't much to say about this awful time that has not already been said. This book details the author's time in a concentration camp with his father; I have read other Holocaust books and each one adds something different to my understanding of this horrific time. I like the author's revelations of his inner struggles with his belief in God to his feelings about wanting to take his father's rations when his father was on the brink of death.
This audio edition includes the author's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and the new preface by the author. The narration was very good and added to the overall listening experience.
I could see myself and family trying to help each other survive from one terrorizing moment to the next something pulled me deep inside when I wanted to stop listening because the human agony was so great I was sucked in I had to find some reason to why it happened . I am still searching for the answer today .
I've read this text two other times. The audio added that much more intensity to this incredible narrative. I recommend it!
After years of being unable to hear or share the tragedy of the Holocaust as my family's ancestors were murdered too, my daughter's middle school curriculum has this book as required reading. As parents we were urged to read Night with our child. I chose to listen to it carefully. I am thankful for my friend Anita Shorr who's still alive today, a Holocaust survivor and who was at Aushwitz herself when Ellie Wiesel was there, she helped me come to terms with the incredibly painful stories I heard as a child about the depth of evil. This book is excellent. I must admit I read Anita's first and I heard my friend speak her horrific story before I could listen Wiesel's Night. G-d bless them both.