Wiesel simply tells the horrifying facts, and we need this information so that we can begin to understand the Holocaust. I was never bored or emotionally overwhelmed listening to this book--just completely engaged. The reader is familiar to me and one of my favorites.
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.
I am left trying to understand. Not the words or even any hidden meaning. The truth of this narrative does not require over-wrought symbolism. This narrative, the impossible account of man's inhumanity to man, is straightforward enough to gut your dreams. No, I am left trying to understand ... simply that. The man I want to be. The terrible demons in a human experience. I am left longing to understand the true nature of God and man, of heaven and endless night. This may yet be the most important book of my life. For now, it shall remain deeply haunting, moving, and bare. It is simultaneously a window and mirror to the very collective and individual soul of man. Riveting. Spellbinding. Vital. It is all of this and more. A must-ponder book. One to cherish and yet loathe in fear. Above all this, somehow I feel hope in knowing this man survived and carried with him the voice of millions now gone, but not lost forever. For in God, nothing is lost forever, I pray.
Yes! The reader, George Guidall, evokes our passion as he read the history of Elie Wiesel in some of the darkest day of recent history.
This is a great book that should be required reading for anyone studying the history of the 2oth century.
It was a page turner in the sense that it was fascinating to get somewhat of an inside look of how the Jews were rounded up and the nieveity of what was being done, and ultimately was done. Recommend book!
Elie's memoir of discrediting warnings, living in Auschwitz when man has nothing to live for, and being rescued as a lifeless, hungry being stripped of humanity's intrinsic reaction of revenge is short and somber. Worth the read/listen for everyone to understand the atrocities that humans are capable of.