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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:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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