Night is an unmistakably autobiographical account of the author's own gruesome experiences in Nazi Germany's death camps. Told through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, the tragic fate of the Jews from the little town of Sighet unfolds with a heart-wrenching inevitability. Even as they are stuffed into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz, the townspeople refuse to believe rumors of anti-Semitic atrocities. Not until they are marched toward the blazing crematory at the camp's "reception center" does the terrible truth sink in.
Recounting the evils at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Wiesel's enduring classic of Holocaust literature raises questions of continuing significance for all future generations: How could man commit these horrors, and could such an evil ever be repeated?
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©1972, 1985 Elie Wiesel
Originally published in 1958 by Les Editions de Minuit
Translation ©2006 by Marion Wiesel
Preface to the New Translation ©2006 Elie Wiesel
(P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"[A] slim volume of terrifying power." (The New York Times)
This was a great book. I'm so glad I took the time to purchase it. The narrator added so much, I will remember this story of tragic loss foever.
Perhaps one of the most powerful audio experiences I have ever had. In fact, this reading, both the text itself and George G.'s reading of it have effected me profoundly. I had never read the book before. It has been on my "to read" list for many years. There is no question that I would have been a much different man had I read this sooner in life.
I am not Jewish. But all decent non-Jews should make an imperative effort to read and know this book. Each person who does can only walk away from it knowing that they too will not forget what happened and will feel empowered to know they themselves will never let it happen again.
When I got to that part (Audible hopes you have enjoyed this book), I nearly threw my headphones and shouted, NO! NO! I didn't!
Not that I didn't receive information and insight, or have empathy. But this is not a book to be enjoyed. It is a tortured retelling of events in the life of Elie Wiesel.
I understand that this is a book written to educate younger readers about what happened to the Jews in WWII, but I found it to be lacking in detail. There were obvious parts missing. I did a little more research on Elie Wiesel after listening to the book and found out more about his life. It would have been nice if those things had not been removed or withheld from the book.
Even though I didn't enjoy this book, I'm not sorry I listened to it. But it broke my heart.
Better than average. But I don't think he went into enough detail the horrors of life in a concentration camp.
That he survived.
The horrors seem to come more alive from his performance.
The part about his father. So sad.
It is book well worth getting. I just found it too short. I wanted more information.
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
Beautiful, I couldn't stop listening, How could this have happened. I have recommended to many others
Night by Elie Wiesel together with VIctor Frank's Man's Search For Meaning are two of the most important books I have ever read. Whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself, relistening to either helps me keep my life in perspective. These two men together with many of the characters described in their books give new meaning to the term "man's indomitable spirit". Mr. Wiesel was so honest about his innermost thoughts and feelings as he and his father attempted to endure the daily horrors of concentration camp life that I was continously asking myself how I would have reacted under similar conditions. Frankly, I too often found myself coming up short in my comparative predictions. Mr. Wiesel and Dr. Frankl have definitely become two role models that have made me a better man.
This Book will grip you as it did me. I was amazed at the strength the human spirit has to rise above the evil that the Nazi's could inflict on fellow human beings. You will enjoy this book all the way through and be a better person having listened to the Jews struggle during the reign of the Nazi's.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. Being of polish descent, and hearing the stories in Night were so very close to home for me and again it makes me realise how lucky and blessed i am. That terrible dark period was awfull for the people who lived to tell there story. May god bless them all.
This book was a book my son a freshman in high school was required to read so we both listen to it and we both enjoyed. For my son I think it is important to know about a very dark time in history.
This story should never be forgotten, and this author wove a tragic account of what it meant to be Jewish during WWII, with a bittersweet rememberance of a childs love for his elders
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