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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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    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    january Rock Hill, SC 02-23-13
    january Rock Hill, SC 02-23-13
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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 02-19-14
    History Buff Maryland 02-19-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Powerful, powerful book"

    Tremendously moving. I think listening to the audio recording was probably more powerful than reading a printed version. I made the decision to read this book after reading a review that said Weisel's wife's translation (from the French) was superb.

    Guidall's narration was quite dramatic, but never overly so.

    Weisel had a difficult time finding a publisher originally. He was an unknown writer writing about an episode in history most wanted to forget, and some didn't believe had happened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy 07-22-13
    Kristy 07-22-13

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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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    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 03-02-13
    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "There are no words"
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    An incredibly powerful and moving account of the power of the human spirit. Moving, horrifying, terrifying, heart breaking. I am so glad I reread this moving book

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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 2011
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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.

    2 of 2 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

    7 of 9 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    4/22/14
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    "Haunting, deeply moving and disturbing"

    Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Israeli author and 1986 Nobel Peace Prizewinner, presents to us a compelling, haunting and disturbing story.

    Beautifully written, autobiographical, this personal narrative reflects the views of a 14 year-old boy torn from his home and community in Transylvania in the Second World War. He is traumatised by his separation from his mother and little sister, witnessing their subsequent consumption by Nazi fires and vengeance. Through one traumatising experience to the next, he manages, by a sinew at times, to retain his link with his father, surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald... separated in the end by death and shame.

    We follow the story of a Jewish community which could not contemplate the atrocities they would experience. They could not imagine the way in which the communities in which they were integrated would allow them to be expelled to concentration camps and annihilation. They could not foresee what it would be like to be marched out of their homes. "The town seemed deserted, but behind the shutters, our friends of yesterday were probably waiting for the moment when they could loot our homes".

    They could not foresee the railway trucks full of Jews, the impact of scarcity and hunger and uncertainty on people's relationships. They could not have planned for the few hours they were given before they were expelled from their homes, burying valuable possessions under the floor-boards hoping one day, but never able, to reclaim their possessions. They could not imagine the cruelty, the violence, the humilation, the selection processes, the death factories, the fires, the trains, the labour camps, the public hangings, the beatings and the torture.

    Elie wanders why and whether this is allowed to happen in the 20th century. He imagines the scenes of expulsions in the Inquisition, but not now when the whole world knew what was happening. And yet, the silence, the denials, and the lack of response prevailed.

    "The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew" he writes. "It was ruled ... by delusion".

    Elie loses his trust in God and refuses to accept the existence of an all-knowing and all-good god who allows such barbarity to persist. We see stories of trust and reliability, love and warmth, tenderness and sacrifice. Wiesel writes beautifully and at times sparsely: "The synagogue resembled a railway station ... baggage and tears".

    The recording contains additional material - Elie Wiesel's impressive Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech; his revised preface and discussion of why he wrote this book; and a valuable review of the book and its importance by Francois Mauriac, the French author who first encouraged Elie Wiesel to publish and assisted him after many failures, in getting into press.

    The book is beautifully written, translated by his wife, and movingly read by George Guidall. Around three hours long it is a compelling and unforgettable audience with Elie Wiesel: haunting, disturbing, moving, human, insightful and lingering in the memory.

    "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp that turned my life into one long night, seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my god and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget those things even were I condemned to live as long as god himself"

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    2/3/17
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    "epic"

    moving to the point of tears. we all know the stories but this personal account is heartrending and unmissable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HurryHome
    1/16/17
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    "Spellbinding, tragic, harrowing, beautifully written and read"

    Spellbinding, tragic, harrowing, beautifully written and read. Some valuable extra material at the end helps put it into a context (if that's possible)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • US Expat
    US expat living in The Netherlands
    7/12/16
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    "How can one call such horror a good book?"

    This is an absolutely heartbreaking recollection of crimes against the Jews during WWII. My only "criticism" is not against the excellent reading by the narrator, but as the story is told as per the eyes of a 15 year old, the aged voice of the narrator distracted a bit. The world should be learn from the horrors of the second world war, but we can see we haven't turning a blind eye to genocide around the world happening to peoples unimportant to the west or within own regions. "Never again" rings hollow and the "easy" resettlement isn't the answer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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