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Night

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Scott Sandy, OR, United States 03-09-12
    Scott Sandy, OR, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An old book that still terrifies"

    My daughter had to write a paper on this. I got the audio book so I could reaquaint myself with the book too, For such a slight volume it packs a brass knuckeld punch to human self deception. It destroys the fiction that hard times bring out the best in people instead of the worst, that god can save you from the hands of mere human cruelty, and that a sons love for a father is unassailable. Yet in the end there is a type of redemption for the living. If for no other reason that to be the one to tell the story.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-03-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "A Must"

    I am almost speechless. This is one of those times when you are so emotionally affected that words can not explain. I believe this is required reading in some schools and I applaud those schools. I would rather read horror as fiction, so I can tell myself that it is fiction. This is true, which makes the horror hard to bare. Everyone should read a non-fiction book about the Holocaust, Apartheid, slavery, war, or torture, just to keep them grounded about once a year. We need to be reminded and our young people need to learn and not forget.

    3 of 3 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 2016

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

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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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    A. Abbo 05-15-06
    A. Abbo 05-15-06 Listener Since 2005
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    Personel recording of the Holocaust from the eyes of a child.
    Must be read by everyone who consider himself human.

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    january huntersville, NC, United States 02-23-13
    january huntersville, NC, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    Sarah austin, TX, United States 08-09-13
    Sarah austin, TX, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Night to be better than the print version?

    No idea


    Any additional comments?

    This book is personal. and not just because it is autobiographical. I am not Jewish, but I sometimes say that I'm half Jewish. My best friend growing up (like since birth) was Jewish. One of her grandparents, or maybe a great grandparent had their Holocaust tattoo and didn't really talk about it. Maybe because we were so young? We were pretty much inseparable then. My best friend died two years ago of ALS, leaving a son and grieving family. I take stones to her grave in the Jewish tradition. What a beautiful thing to do.

    So, this story, this history, ripped into my heart. Told in first person from a 16-year-old boy's perspective, Elie Wisel tells the story of being a Jew from the beginning of the Holocaust to the end. I decided to read it because my son had read it last year for school, and it was already in my audio library. He said it was good, but brutal. He was so right. All I can say is, read it. You need to know. I plan to read the next two books in the trilogy as well. I need to know.

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    Kristy 07-22-13
    Kristy 07-22-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Not for the faint of heart!"
    Would you listen to Night again? Why?

    Absolutely! I love history from the 1st person's point of view.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fruit being brought to Elie...


    Any additional comments?

    Sad and hard to listen to at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 05-25-13
    Mary United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic on human resilience and courage..."

    This book awakened a new reverence for life in me. George Guidall was impeccable in this performance. Every nuance, every emotion was portrayed with sensitivity and resonance. I highly recommend this listen. Elie Wiesel makes the holocaust understandable for one who has always been uncomprehending of the depths to which human beings can sink. His treatment of this part of his life is poignant and believable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2012

    K. Hoover

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    "Sad, but important and well written."

    I originally picked this up because my son was assigned to read it in high school and liked it so much he insisted I read it too. He was really interested in it since his grandpa is from Germany and escaped to America by sheer luck on one of the last ships that allowed jews to leave. This is a heartbreaking story, but one that has to be told. Everyone should read this story at least once. This book was so great that I read his other books which were just as good. I can't say enough good things about this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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