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And There Was Light

The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II
Narrated by: Andre Gregory
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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This digital audiobook was created from the only remaining analog source and contains a slight tape hiss.

When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.

©2014 New World Library (P)2014 New World Library

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One of the three most important books in my life

I read this book for the first time about 30 years ago and subsequently visited the town of his boyhood, Jurvardeil. So much profound wisdom. I would recommend it to anyone, but especially teenagers who are struggling to find meaning and purpose in life.

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Moving account

A powerful story well narrated. As much about the human capacity for understanding and compassion as it was a recounting of WWII. Unfortunate that it was abridged. The gaps left you wondering.

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Beautiful

This is a beautiful story of a good man and his honest testimony. It has inspired and humbled me. If you, like myself, are yearning for some small ray of heaven's light to shine through the hellish evil of the holocaust, please listen to this.

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Disappointed it was the Abridged Version

Disappointed that Audible only has the abridged version available. The book/story itself deserves 5 stars but Audible only having the abridged version available and it only being 4(ish) hours long is very disappointing for such a good book. I don’t recommend the abridged version of this story at all.

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Captivating Story

Such a fascinating story of his life, and especially of what he did during WWII. I would encourage everyone to read this.
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Prepare your heart for unalienable truths

I read this impressive book and then shared it with my husband as we listened to it on audible tape during a road trip. It is brimming with insights into human struggle of incredible depths. It offers the magnificent story of the author, but much more, it allows the reader/listener to examine his/her own unique story. Truly inspiring and a highly recommended reading.

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Absolutely amazing

What an amazing man. I don't know what else to say. Words cannot express how much i recommend this title. The first horror story of ww2 suffering made beautiful.
Poetically told, dramatic, haunting, hopeful..
I would have loved to have met this writer.. Im sure i will in heaven.

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incredible story of faith and hope

it has opened my eyes and helped me to look way beyond appearance and to see the fruits

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Beautiful

I will listen to this again and again. The word "Inspiring" doesn't do it justice.

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Beautiful book

a story about inner light ,power and courage, life force, psychological strength to overcome life's unimaginable challenges. Really enjoyed every bit.

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  • J A Bridge
  • 11-23-18

Excellent book but poor quality recording

The book is wonderful but there was a constant goss throughout the performance which spoiled the overall enjoyment as it was very distracting. I would like to complain and receive a refund.

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  • Christina
  • 01-23-18

Wonderful!

This is an inspiring and extraordinary story, wonderfully written and well told. What an amazing man!