The Oath Audiobook

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The Oath

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By: Elie Wiesel

Narrated by: Frederick Davidson

Format: Cassette

Audiobook Description:

When a Christian boy disappears in a fictional Eastern European town in the 1920s, the local Jews are quickly accused of ritual murder. There is tension in the air and a pogrom threatens to erupt. Suddenly, an extraordinary man—Moshe the dreamer, a madman and mystic—steps forward and confesses to a crime he did not commit, in a vain attempt to save his people from certain death. The community gathers to hear his last words—a plea for silence—and everyone present takes an oath: whoever survives the impending tragedy must never speak of the town’s last days and nights of terror.

For fifty years the sole survivor keeps his oath—until he meets a man whose life depends on hearing the story, and one man’s loyalty to the dead confronts head-on another’s reason to go on living.

One of Wiesel’s strongest early novels, this timeless parable about the Jews and their enemies, about hate, family, friendship, and silence, is as powerful, haunting, and significant as it was when first published in 1973.

Audiobook Details:

Release Date: Apr 02, 1996

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

ISBN: 0786109548

ISBN-13: 9780786109548

Language: English

Meet the Author
Elie Wiesel Author

Elie Wiesel

Eliezer Wiesel is a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," noting that through his struggle to come to terms with "h...

Meet the Narrator
Frederick Davidson Narrator

Frederick Davidson


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  • May 08, 2007

    Goodreads reviewer


    I remember this book blowing me away. I read it around the same time as Everything is Illumninated, though, and they've kind of blurred together.

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  • Jul 22, 2009

    Goodreads reviewer

    Wow - very enlightening.

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  • Sep 07, 2008

    Goodreads reviewer


    Whatever the author's current beliefs on Iraq, Israel, etc,, this is a very good novel that delves into why pogroms happen and how they were carried out.

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  • Jul 01, 2009

    Goodreads reviewer


    I probably shouldn't list this as read because I read about the first three chapters and couldn't get into it. When I saw it was due at the library I just returned it unfinished...

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  • Jan 23, 2011

    Goodreads reviewer


    This book is astonishing in its philosophical clarity, in giving reason to continue to live, and in its moral value. Beautifully written-it reads like it could have been written in just a few sittings-brilliantly done-painful to read and necessary if you are able to take a very heavy topic.

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  • Aug 09, 2009

    Goodreads reviewer


    That's right. He won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • Jul 02, 2009

    Goodreads reviewer


    When I picked up this book, I did not realize he was a major Jewish writer who writes about the Holocaust and such. I never had to read him in school.
    The style of writing in this book was not one I particularly enjoyed. It just kind of went on and on. There were 3 parts, and it never real... more...

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