In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.
An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.
It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.
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"A modern classic . . . Anne's diary tells a story that is true, memorable, important and strongly personalized . . . compelling reading." (The Times)
"Anne Frank’s diary is one of the greatest books of the century … As she brings herself and her circumstances into such buzzing, engaged life on the page, she triumphs over her history." (Guardian)
"Still rings down the decades as the most moving testament to the persecution of innocence." (Daily Mail)
I'm an Australian living in The Netherlands and last read this when I was a teenager, so decided to read it again. Especially before I visited the house in Amsterdam.
Wow such an amazing story and from such a young girl. Anyone who hasn't read/listened to the book , do it you will not be disappointed.
This is an amazing journey of girl and her family and how they survived and grew during one of mankind's darkest periods of time. You as the listener really get emerged into their lives, this is greatly helped by the narration which is gives the writings a new and emotional dimension. Highly recommended to all.
I cannot believe Anne was a young teenager when she wrote this, so mature for her age.
It's sad she didn't survive because she would of been one of the best writers this world my have seen.
"The Horror of War the Heart of just a Girl"
A look into the story of a young girl surrounded by the horrors of a war that should never have happened.
The narrator was first class and delivers it as if it was Anne Frank herself.
A really great book, though knowing the end will come and not in the nice way diaries tend to be written these days it's abruptly sad and makes you question why the nazis were so evil and corrupt, let alone the horrible person responsible for betraying the frank family.
Ultimately it's a testament of what life was like living during those years and being holed up inside only to never escape happily.
"A powerful book"
There were a few times in this book that I thought it was getting boring, nothing happening, just a dreary story of a monotonous and uneventful life during the war. But sadly this isn't fiction, it's one of many horrible true stories of a time in our history that illustrated man's inhumanity. Having visited THE house in Amsterdam and the Auscwich death camp in Poland, there were many parts of this book that sent shivers through me. Even knowing the outcome of the story in real life, it is difficult not to continually wish that they wouldn't be found, wouldn't be caught and would survive the war. To think that Anne succumbed to illness just a few days before the end of the war makes this story even more tragic.
A sad, compelling and powerful book.
"I am glad I bought this one, the unedited version"
Having read the first version as a child this book had a lasting impact on me and shaped my life to work in human rights. I am so glad I bought this and listened to it. This version makes Anne seem even more real. You love her all the more for her naivety and teenage insights. RIP Anne, if I prayed at all it would be for souls like yours.
"Delightful and charmingly frank."
Not at all what I had expected, more a diary of a talent person forming under extraordinary circumstances than a narration on living through the fears and isolation of the circumstances themselves. If you have ever entertained a diary yourself you will relate to the extremely candid and self exploratory nature of this, the ever changing self, outbursts, self derision, externalisation, self re-evaluation and growth. Having a teenage daughter myself only made the inevitable conclusion all the more visceral. It is not a book but more a rite of passage.
Is a amazing story, and the narrator is perfectly suited for this read.
Nothing, its about something historical but written in such a fresh perspective. There are many books about the holocaust but non written in this way.
I loved the narrating, her voice suited the character and she infused it with emotions in a appropriate way. Her 'acting' was natural and not over the top.
It made me sad to realise again how many brilliant people died in the holocaust because of one man's insanity.
"Now I understand why this is a must-read"
I could experience what Anna must have felt and get a better picture of the girl with tragic, well-known history.
Anna of course.
It got me very quiet and I listened to it with little pauses in between!
"I want to go on living even after my death!"
This is 70th edition anniversary edition of Anne’s book, it is an amalgamation of all her writing, including parts her father had censored, about thirty percent more text than other editions. A must read for all, it will show a more complex individual and a more expanded explanation for some of the living situation.
Anne died In 1945 in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April or March of that year, she was 15 years old, her crime was to be a jew, for two year of her short life she lived in hiding and left this remarkable document of mans inhumanity.
She was a precocious intelligent girl, that loved life and nature as she tells us many times in her diary. She was a teeneger like many teenagers, fighting with her mother, preoccupied with her own growing up. loving, hating, crying, laughing while imprisoned behind a bookcase with eight other people, keeping quiet and invisible, while pouring her heart out into a diary that makes her come alive through the haze of time.
We will never know any other destiny for this remarkable little woman and jet she achieved some of her dreams by writing her diary and showing us that she was a person first last and always. That she was never a label but the singular, the great Anne Frank.
“5 April 1944: I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write ..., but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent ...
And if I don't have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can't imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! ...
I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that's inside me!
When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?”
— Anne Frank
"Epic document. Epic performance"
I have read some things around this document that I have found revolting. Suggestions that it was a fiction created by Anne's father to make profit - that some sort of scheming Jewish fakery was at hand. I have even read holocaust deniers citing this account to be part of a grand Zionist conspiracy to re-write the war to the benefit of the Jewish people.
When you listen to the narrative performance - which is wonderful (and I wish that all narrative performances on Audible were as sublime) - you will be moved. This is a book that everyone should know and a tragedy that should be taught to all.
It is so cruel that Anne Frank, her family and her friends did not make it - just so much further - to survive. That she was loaded onto one of the final - if not the final - cattle train to certain death - is heart breaking. You find yourself staring back through the mists of time, helplessly screaming at the injustice.
You cannot fail to be moved.
"Tissues at the ready..."
This is a beautifully narrated version of this increadibly moving diary.
An insight into the thoughts and emothions of a young girl, growing and discovering herself, with the constant fears of life around her. In her well written diary, you'll become familier with all the members of her family, and the people she was forced to live locked up in a few small rooms with. Be prepared to listen to the heart-wrenching sadness, of what happens to each and every one of them.
Helena Bonham Carter does a fantastic job of narrating this powerful sombre, and thought provoking diary, written by a young girl, who wrote this book for no-one but herself, yet sends a story worldwide.
"The Book Of All Books"
The Diary of a Young Girl is the most touching and honest book I've ever read.
This book went miles beyond my expectations.
This is a brilliant book of a horrific time. Ann Frank will live on in our hearts.
This is a must read.
"Powerful and emotional"
Emotional, such a bright bubbly girl. such a shame she can not see how this book has effected so many people including myself. Helena Bonham Carter I think was the perfect voice to match Anne's personality. Although written so long ago, tonight my thoughts are with Anne, her family and all mentioned in this book.
"An excellent version"
Not the first time I've experienced this book by a long way and probably won't be the last. I really enjoyed this edition. Well narrated and interesting foreword explaining the editions. Excellent.
This book is well written and an excellent choice. Helena B C is a superb narrator and the story is thoroughly engaging. It is captivating from start to finish. I won't say anymore as some people may not be familiar with the story, although that is unlikely. Definitely choose this book.
It's interesting to hear about the life of an extraordinary young girl! This is maybe a book to read rather than listen to but still good!
This is well read and leaves a sense of loss at the end. It reads like a novel and I wish it was.
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