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Night | [Elie Wiesel]

Night

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: The most harrowing experiences can renew our faith in life, and Elie Wiesel's autobiographical novel does this, even as it provides an explicit and terrifying account of humanity's darkest hour. George Guidall's steady and and evocative narration works beautifully with the text. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

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

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"[A] slim volume of terrifying power." (The New York Times)

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    january huntersville, NC, United States 02-23-13
    january huntersville, NC, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this book"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly san anselmo, CA, USA 05-11-08
    Kimberly san anselmo, CA, USA 05-11-08
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    "haunting and worthwhile"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Long Branch, NJ, USA 01-30-07
    Alan Long Branch, NJ, USA 01-30-07
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    "A Must (Required) Read"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Very interesting but too short"
    Where does Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than average. But I don't think he went into enough detail the horrors of life in a concentration camp.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That he survived.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The horrors seem to come more alive from his performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part about his father. So sad.


    Any additional comments?

    It is book well worth getting. I just found it too short. I wanted more information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 12-14-11
    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2011

    Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!

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    "I cried"

    Beautiful, I couldn't stop listening, How could this have happened. I have recommended to many others

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    Lou Pueblo, CO, United States 11-23-11
    Lou Pueblo, CO, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Have read this book a dozen times"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric key Colony Beach, FL, USA 04-04-09
    Eric key Colony Beach, FL, USA 04-04-09
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    "Captivating & Powerful"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louise tilley, NB, Canada 05-30-08
    Louise tilley, NB, Canada 05-30-08
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    "night"

    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.
    sincerely louise

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Wichita, KS, United States 01-29-07
    Emily Wichita, KS, United States 01-29-07 Member Since 2007
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    "great"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    glassygirl 06-23-06
    glassygirl 06-23-06
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    "a reminder"

    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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