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2.46 out of 52.46 out of 52.46 out of 52.46 out of 52.46 out of 5 2.46 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elie Wiesel Narrator: Mark Bramhall, Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780739382073
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From Elie Wiesel, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and one of our fiercest moral voices, a provocative and deeply thoughtful new novel about a life shaped by the worst horrors of the 20th century and one man's attempt to reclaim happiness.

Doriel, a European expatriate living in New York, suffers from a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a member of the Resistance, survived World War II only to die in an accident, together with his father, soon after. Doriel was a child during the war, and his knowledge of the Holocaust is largely limited to what he finds in movies, newsreels, and books - but it is enough. Doriel's parents and their secrets haunt him, leaving him filled with longing but unable to experience the most basic joys in life. He plunges into an intense study of Judaism, but instead of finding solace, he comes to believe that he is possessed by a dybbuk.

Surrounded by ghosts, spurred on by demons, Doriel finally turns to Dr. Therese Goldschmidt, a psychoanalyst who finds herself particularly intrigued by her patient. The two enter into an uneasy relationship based on exchange of dreams, histories, and secrets. Despite Doriel's initial resistance, Dr. Goldschmidt helps to bring him to a crossroads - and to a shocking denouement.

In Doriel's journey into the darkest regions of the soul, Elie Wiesel has written one of his most profoundly moving works of fiction, grounded always by his unparalleled moral compass.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Ferguson | 2/18/2014

    " Genius. Moving. Brilliant. A work of art. Truly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 2/16/2014

    " "Wiesel's is among the truly great lives of the 20th century, his very presence an inspiration to many and a reminder of the enormous power of the word to combat injustice and evil," notes the San Francisco Chronicle. But in the eyes of this critic and others, Wiesel's latest novel doesn't measure up to his stature. About half praised Wiesel's portrayal of Doriel's deep angst and impressive knowledge of philosophy and ethics, Judaism, and politics; others commended the memorable characters and imagery. However, some reviewers thought A Mad Desire a heavy-handed, self-conscious, and somewhat banal look at a tormented soul, leavened only by Dr. Goldschmidt's appeal. But readers with the patience to sift through difficult memories, dreams, and commentary will find A Mad Desire a challenging but ultimately rewarding book.This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerlyn Garcia | 2/16/2014

    " Typically, the kind of book I usually love quoting. Not much with plot but beautiful prose. Maybe because I read 'Night' way too far in the past that it didn't feel like I'm reading the same author. Or maybe it's the translation. Thoughtful; will make you feel, depending on the level of bleakness you allow in your inner life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beckaleckahi | 1/19/2014

    " More like 2 1/2. It was much harder to get into than his other works. I didn't hate it, but it definitely had its faults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 1/14/2014

    " Hard for me to read, but the side stories keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 1/11/2014

    " The story begins with way too much psychotic exposure but improves with reading. I wasn't sure if I wasn't the psychotic person by the time I got it read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookreaderljh | 1/2/2014

    " I wasn't quite sure about this book for the first two chapters - a little too stream of consciousness. But as an actual story progressed it became more interesting. The difference between mad and sane is a very delicate balance and this book explored that through one man's story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhiannon | 12/30/2013

    " It was a bit boring, honestly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel Lara | 12/28/2013

    " Beautiful book, raises lots of questions about madness, happines, love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 12/10/2013

    " This book make me feel like I need a psychiatrist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 11/3/2013

    " I have not read any Elie Wiesel in awhile but was inspired after my trip to Berlin. It had a very slow start and took 2/3 of the way in until I was truely engaged. In the end it was worth the read but you have to be patient. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Bauman | 10/18/2013

    " Was due back to the library, didn't finish - oh my. A bit tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 10/3/2013

    " "What she said!" Please see comments by Melissa Ravely of Feb 16, 2011 and Rachel of Jan 21, 2010. These quite closely express how I felt about this book and convinced me that I didn't need to finish it. The date given below is the date I bailed out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 3/26/2013

    " I only got to page 20 something and I have no idea what I read. This was a book that was chosen for my book club and only 2 of the people in my book club finished it. VERY hard read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathirael | 3/27/2012

    " Read part of chapter one...couldn't get any farther into the book. Very depressing...madness! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Christensen | 3/23/2012

    " I actually didn't finish this. I could never get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hailey Hepworth | 8/19/2011

    " It was okay! I thought it was an interesting idea and I found myself going back and forth with my diagnosis of the man wether he be mad or sain. There were times I felt like the story drag on, but I kept with it only to find out what happens to him in the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 7/30/2011

    " Very strange. Not exactly the Elie Wiesel I've come to know. Much of the book seemed quite pointless. The point made at the end didn't seem to need the rest of the book. I think perhaps Mr. Wiesel should retire now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimée | 6/5/2011

    " It got better, but it really sort of left me cold. Glad I finished it, but the beginning was awful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Athena | 6/4/2011

    " How do you say "This is the worst book I have ever read" in Yiddish? Oy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 5/30/2011

    " This was a bit strange in the beginning but I am loving it now with the psychoanalysis edge to it as well as the world war II aspect which is always intense and enthralling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hailey | 5/10/2011

    " It was okay! I thought it was an interesting idea and I found myself going back and forth with my diagnosis of the man wether he be mad or sain. There were times I felt like the story drag on, but I kept with it only to find out what happens to him in the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimée | 11/24/2010

    " It got better, but it really sort of left me cold. Glad I finished it, but the beginning was awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 7/28/2010

    " Strange, different and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 6/27/2010

    " A truly haunting work. Madness is the theme of the authors but this is further complicated by our knowledge of the author's history. We travel through the madness that is hard to follow but worth the effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casee | 3/25/2010

    " Just couldn't get into this. Decided to put it down for now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 2/25/2010

    " (audio book) eloquent, but never captured my interest. Stopped part way through disc 2. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 1/31/2010

    " Much as I admire the man, just don't love his writing style...maybe if I could read the original french... "

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About the Author
Author Elie WieselELIE WIESEL was fifteen years old when he was deported to Auschwitz. After the war he became a journalist and writer in Paris, and since then has written more than fifty books, both fiction and nonfiction. His masterwork, Night, was a major best seller when it was republished recently in a new translation. Wiesel has been awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor's Grand-Croix, an honorary knighthood of the British Empire, and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.
About the Narrators

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.