Author(s): Elie Wiesel
Original Publish Date: Aug 21, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.87 hours)
Product Number: Z100026209
Released: Aug 21, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780449009505
Narrator/s: Mark Bramhall
Publisher: Books on Tape
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From Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and author of Night, 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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Author(s): Elie Wiesel
Product Number EB00161416
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: #9780307958600

Professional reviews

"Performing a book by Elie Wiesel requires a combination of talents, including the ability to create different voices, to employ a range of accents, and to move smoothly between English and other languages. All of these are expertly handled by Mark Bramhall in his performance of Wiesel's latest novel. The book, which focuses on the kidnapping of Shaltiel Feigenberg by an Arab and an Italian, is a complex yet accessible thriller that compels the listener to confront many issues that connect the past with the present. As the story progresses and Feigenberg confronts his past and attempts to reconcile himself to his captivity, Bramhall's performance permits the listener to bond with Feigenberg and to understand his predicament and the memories that haunt him. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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