The Devil's Arithmetic

Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (285 ratings)

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award and an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists", The Devil's Arithmetic plunges the listener into the terrible realities of the Nazi concentration camps. Chaya's tale is a celebration of the strength of the human spirit and a dramatic introduction to the darkest period of modern history.

©1988 Jane Yolen (P)1996 Recorded Books

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A great reminder!

This is a great listen! A wonderfully written reminder of a terrible time in our history. One we must never forget!

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One of my favorite books

I read this book for the first time in 6th grade and fell in love with the history. I am now a college sophomore majoring in contemporary history and with us now talking about the holocaust I decided to Reread the book. Now that I am older and I know more about the history I enjoyed it more. It is such a heartbreaking story.

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I feel as though I was taken there

Although the subject of this book is a difficult one, I am so glad I took the opportunity to listen to it. As Hannah is taken back to 1942, I felt as though I was taken with her. I was reminded, yet again, why we must remember.

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love this book.

great book. has you holding on every moment wanting to know what is coming next

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A good book

My Grand daughter ,who is 11 years old, and I read this book. It is a good book for both the young and the older to read

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Accurately read but distracting sounds.

Wonderful story telling. Great use of inflection throughout the story. Unfortunately, the sounds of the speakers mouth were distracting to me and I could hear an echo in the background. Otherwise, great narrating :)

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Fantastic for my 8th graders

This recording is phenomenal. Rosenblat's voice is soothing and full of emotion. Yolen's story is captivating and pull's at even the toughest heart strings. I teach a beautifully diverse group of students and all of them love this story. I recommend starting with this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzsuL9U1a_k
and discussing the allusions to the story of Exodus.

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Riveting but sometimes confusing

I listened to this novel with my 12-year old and 10-year-old. We all really enjoyed it, and felt the great sorrow of the Holocaust. Yet are comforted by the survivors who continue to share their story!

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Loved it!<br />

I liked how she went right in to the story and experienced the events for herself, even though it is sick a sad story.

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Interesting read

I found this book really interesting. It deals with no forgetting the holocost. But this book felt like it was for younger readers. It is a fiction story.