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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elie Wiesel Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449009482
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From Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and author of Night, comes a charged, deeply moving novel about the legacy of the Holocaust in today’s troubled world and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It’s 1975, and Shaltiel Feigenberg—professional storyteller, writer and beloved husband—has been taken hostage: abducted from his home in Brooklyn, blindfolded, and tied to a chair in a dark basement. His captors, an Arab and an Italian, don’t explain why the innocent Shaltiel has been chosen, just that his life will be bartered for the freedom of three Palestinian prisoners. As his days of waiting commence, Shaltiel resorts to what he does best, telling stories—to himself and to the men who hold his fate in their hands.

With beauty and sensitivity, Wiesel builds the world of Shaltiel’s memories, haunted by the Holocaust and a Europe in the midst of radical change. A Communist brother, a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis in a cellar, the kindness of liberating Russian soldiers, the unrest of the 1960s—these are the stories that unfold in Shaltiel’s captivity, as the outside world breathlessly follows his disappearance and the police move toward a final confrontation with his captors.

Impassioned, provocative, and insistently humane, Hostage is both a masterly thriller and a profoundly wise meditation on the power of memory to connect us to the past and our shared need for resolution.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wiesel takes us on a journey through dream, memory, and especially storytelling in Hostage . . . He continues to remind us of the brilliant possibilities of the philosophical and political novel. Starred review, Kirkus

  • [Wiesel’s] terse first-person, present-tense narrative will hold readers . . . With the intense contemporary action, the prisoner’s memories also bring close the sweep of Jewish history, including persecution and survival . . . Sure to spark discussion about Middle Eastern history and politics. Booklist
  • Wiesel takes us into the heart of the [hostage’s] experience: How do we survive in a universe where all logic, all reason, has been stripped away and we are at the mercy of chaotic forces? What is the effect on our humanity? David L. Ulin, Chicago Tribune
  • The strength of Hostage is Wiesel’s exploration of the psychology of being a hostage, as well as the complex nature of memory and its role in our lives . . . Fans of Wiesel’s strong prose who are looking forward to a return to familiar themes will be gratified. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/11/2014

    " Stopped reading after about 50 pages...not interesting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/1/2014

    " I enjoyed it, but it certainly is not his best work. I thought the storyteller angle was interesting as well as his recounting the major events of his life. Additionally, his relationship with the captors was well done. And, the many different types of being of a hostage were good as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katricia | 12/16/2013

    " Made me think and I really felt for the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi | 12/11/2013

    " Wiesel is still one of the greatest storytellers of all time. The only problem I have with this novel is that he entangles some great and meaningful stories with too many self-exploring questions...just as I was getting into a particular story I was distracted with too much metaphysical thinking! If you want to think about life, though, I highly suggest this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/11/2013

    " I was disappointed in this one. It was rather disconnected and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 11/30/2013

    " A wonderful read that weaves beautiful storytelling with disturbing history. 'Hostage' leaves you with a ray of hope for humanity. It was a pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny Grafton | 11/21/2013

    " Hostage displays the skills that garnered Elie Wiesel the Nobel prize. This powerful novel relates terrorism to the horrific acts of the Holocaust...An intense, engaging read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victor | 11/21/2013

    " Not an easy read. I got a good idea of the thoughts that may haunt someone in this situation but not all that moving a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 10/12/2013

    " An ambitious premise that isn't quite executed in such a way that the narrative flows throughout. The storyline about the young boy playing chess with a Nazi, while a real strength of the novel, seems derivative. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Whitney | 9/8/2013

    " I couldn't get through it and quit halfway. Way too wordy. Not what I had hoped, loved his book Night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia Sanders-smith | 8/26/2013

    " It was okay.... Not great but not absolutely horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/5/2013

    " I love Elie Wiesel's use of language. Parts of this one turned out to be a little too mystical for me and I found myself racing through it. I enjoyed his Night trilogy more than this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Dee | 4/22/2013

    " This book was very unevenly written. The parts about the concentration camps was better than the present day. I liked it enough to finish but skimmed some parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 4/3/2013

    " Elie Wiesel is one of those authors who can write anything elegantly. Can't wait to start this book!!! "

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About the Author
Author Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel (1928–2016) was the author of more than fifty books, both fiction and nonfiction, including his masterly memoir Night. He was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor, an honorary knighthood of the British Empire, and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1976, he served as the the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four 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.