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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (323 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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Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage and children and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he done enough for memory and the survivors? His ongoing questioning of God—where has it led? Is there hope for mankind? The world’s tireless ambassador of tolerance and justice has given us this luminous account of hope and despair, an exploration of the love, regrets and abiding faith of a remarkable man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Wiesel packages equal parts beauty and astonishing description in an impossibly concise manner. Few authors have possessed such capacity for succinctness and brevity with magnificent dexterity.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “What seems like a quick and easy read actually delves deeply into the philosophical and makes you wonder: Will I be ready when it’s my time?”

    Free Lance-Star

  • “Wiesel at his most vulnerable and his most determined, and his thoughts and ideas have never been so lucidly conveyed.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yvonne | 2/12/2014

    " A book that is short but filled with the thoughts and fears of a man who faces the realities of open heart surgery. He has experienced so much in his life that it is fascinating how at his age he still not only fights to live; but wonders if he has done enough to help not only his family, but the rest of us as well. This is an amazing book and should be read with the knowledge that it is composed of thoughts, memories, and questions as one realizes one's mortality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by R | 2/7/2014

    " Amazingly concise & philosophical about life and death, Weisel is a master writer and human being. Having experienced a life-threatening surgery myself, the words of Elie Wiesel captured what I remember feeling and wondering. I found his description of walking to death's door beautiful and vulnerable. His experiences and powerful command of putting emotion, feeling, and belief to language far surpass anything we could ever capture on paper, and for that, I am thankful that Weisel remains to put powerful words into space. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jan | 2/5/2014

    " Short fast read. Not earth shattering in content but the author is always worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kokeshi | 2/4/2014

    " A reflection on later life. Sometimes very sad, but uplifting as well. WIesel descriptions of the relationship he has with his son and grandchildren are beautiful. A short, worthwhile read. I loved it. 5 stars. "

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