The World That We Knew: A Novel

Written by:
Alice Hoffman
Narrated by:
Judith Light

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2019
10 hours 16 minutes
Audio bonus! The audio download edition includes an exclusive interview with Alice Hoffman and Judith Light!


On the brink of World War II, with the Nazis tightening their grip on Berlin, a mother’s act of courage and love offers her daughter a chance of survival.

“[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times…gravely beautiful…Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

At the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. Her desperation leads her to Ettie, the daughter of a rabbi whose years spent eavesdropping on her father enables her to create a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Hanni’s daughter, Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never-ending.
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Marilyn V.

I have really enjoyed this book. The characters are wonderful and the narration, done by one only, has made them come alive. Thank you Alice Hoffman and Judith Light.

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Couldn’t listen to it. Too emotional.

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Sharon H.

I liked this book! I will be honest and admit that I didn’t really read what the book was about before I got it so I was surprised to see that it was science Fiction. That being said I gave it a go and I ended up by really enjoying it! I thought the narrator was great got you very involved

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Absolutely loved the book but the narrator sounded like a robot.

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Lynn H.

This is great...and well narrated.

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