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Diary of a Young Girl

Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
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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.

©2011 Anne Frank Foundation (P)2011 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

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An Endearing Diary

Anne Frank’s diary, which is charming, candid and endearing, is beautifully read by Helena Bonham Carter.

Anne shows wisdom beyond her years, and her frank reflections on life make absorbing listening. I like the way she always appears so cheerful on the outside and only reveals her true feelings to Kitty, her diary.
The diary gives the reader an accurate picture of life for Jews in hiding during the war years, and the hardships they had to endure.

I find this audio book very enjoyable, and it is much more positive than I had expected. The reader is so good, that it seems as though it is Anne herself who is talking.

This book would appeal to anyone, especially to those interested in the prevailing austere conditions during the war. Highly recommended.

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Amazing story

An amazing story and very inspiring. Anne Frank was so brave and strong will. A sad ending but Nevertherless I think her legacy still lives on.!!
I could not stop listenning to the book it captivated me from the very start.

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Exceptionally well read

This book offers a deeply personal insight into the horror of the Nazi occupation. At times I struggled with this book, Anne does not get on well with her mother, yet she should know many millions of people have had lost their mother's in the war, she could be more grateful.
She does see the error of her ways at one point.

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beautifully narrated

I was surprised at how wise young Anne is. Each diary entry reads as a letter to an imaginary "Kitty" and she writes not only about her own thoughts and fears but also explains what a day in the life of hiding was like with such vivid clarity and feeling that you will feel transported to that place. She was a talented writer but to read this is heartbreaking knowing how this story ends.

I would also recommend this book to parents for some insight as Anne expresses her dislike for her mother with her own analysis on the dynamics of the relationship and how/why things were difficult between them.

Helena Bonham Carter is a joy to listen to, perfectly narrated. I would listen to this again.

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Sad, it unfortunately true.

let's hope history like this never repeats. great insight to how people dealt with the confinement.

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Good

I like it very much
Like the way she expressed her feelings so deeply in her dairy and her hard coming in the war
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Incredible.

I am a thirty three year old woman who had not yet experienced this classic story of resilience under the most arduous of circumstances.
Hearing this deeply human, hugely aware & very humbling exploration of what it meant to go through the Holocaust will stay with me forever now as Anne’s eloquent voice is the ultimate guide to understanding hope, courage and conviction that life will always improve.
Every living person needs to read this book at least once to learn greater compassion in our increasingly divided world.

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The real face of war

A very very sad story! They should send a copy of this book to all leaders around the world, to those who start wars and kill innocent people.

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A true hero

The world would be a different place if more people had Anne's attitude. What an example she set and documented so beautifully for us to all enjoy. RIP.

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If you were to only read one book in your life time, let it be Diary of a Young Girl

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A Young Girl is one of the most important books to have ever been published. I first read it when I was 14, but revisiting it as an adult, I was struck by the talent and genius of Anne. She is an observant and gifted writer who articulates honest, complex, universal truths in ways that writers beyond her years could not accomplish. Her messages of antisemitism and antiracism make her the ultimate voice of peace and acceptance. We should all be paying close attention to the words of Anne Frank.

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  • Alexa User
  • 10-05-2017

Loved the narration.

The style of narration was great. The voice modulation gave a very realistic feel... it seemed seemed​ as if Anne herself was talking.
This was my first audio book and I am surely not disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2020

Long due reading

Amazing . Just a plain representation of thoughts although one wonders if the vocabulary of the kid was so rich (for her age). Loss during world wars I’d not just lives but the ideas and talents as well.

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  • 05-09-2019

Such a insight not only on the war but a youngster at that time

I am fascinated by WW2. This Story is so beautiful and tragic at the same time. I hate the fact that this is not like a movie were you know everything right up to the end. Wish I could know how she felt and feel. Such a brave and wise child. But then again it would have been so hard.

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  • David
  • 10-08-2017

So beautifully tragic

So inspiring and beautifully written. Not what I expected. Loved Helena Bonham Carter reading it!

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  • CHESTER DIAZ
  • 06-03-2017

Witty and funny and historic writing !

Anne Frank is a savage, writing with wisdom beyond her teenage years. A great read that describes 1940's Europe from a Jewish perspective.

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  • Hamish
  • 08-04-2016

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.

Highly recommended

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  • Terry
  • 12-03-2014

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.

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  • Sharon
  • 22-01-2013

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.

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  • Ross
  • 30-07-2012

Delightful and charmingly frank.

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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.

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  • Zane
  • 01-06-2012

Briliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Is a amazing story, and the narrator is perfectly suited for this read.

What other book might you compare Diary of a Young Girl to and why?

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.

What does Helena Bonham Carter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me sad to realise again how many brilliant people died in the holocaust because of one man's insanity.

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  • Tracy
  • 18-06-2016

So glad I decided to buy this book.

I decided to listen to this after the book remained on my shelf, gathering dust. What an incredible book - Anne's diary entries are so detailed I almost felt I was there watching them all. Beautifully read by Helena Bonham Carter. I didn't want it to end and I felt myself becoming nervous at the thought these people would be caught at any moment. Thank you Anne M Frank.

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  • Claire
  • 07-11-2015

Excellent narration

If you could sum up Diary of a Young Girl in three words, what would they be?

Youth, family, survival.

What other book might you compare Diary of a Young Girl to, and why?

Other accounts of people in hiding during WWII. It's such a novel situation that only fellow accounts offer any comparison of surviving under such constant threat of discovery.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Entries where Anne is in a good mood and feeling motivated by her diary, her dear Kitty.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time Anne writes about the future, or what she might do 'after the war', are excruciating passages, as we know what happened.

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  • lizzi
  • 14-05-2016

Excellent book and a must read for any modern teenager

I remember reading this book as a child and loving it and was surprised at 28 years old how poignant and relevant it is still all these years later. As a teenager all the feelings Anne went through I remember feeling which is remarkable seeing as it was written over 70 years ago. The feelings and angst felt might have been the same, but of course our upbringing and circumstances were entirely different which is what makes the book so remarkable.

The most important message that is taken away from this book is how pointless war is and how pointless Anne's subsequent death was. For an innocent Jewish teenager from a family that wasn't even particularly religious, to have been murdered because she was a Jew just seems so tragic and pointless.

The book seems ever more poignant in 2016 as the world again turns a blind eye on a race of people in flight from an oppressive regime. Neighbour turned against neighbour in the 40's and it seems like it was just as justifiable then as it is nowadays. It seems a sad fact that nothing has been learnt from history and the human race repeats it's past mistakes over and over. Very thought provoking book!

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  • Bhaskar Natarajan
  • 26-12-2016

excellent rendition by Helena!

I believe Anne Frank liked through Helena's voice. a great effort by countless many to keep these pages live! I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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  • timothy reynolds
  • 13-12-2016

loved it

great book very re recomended the life of Ann frank may her soul rest in peace and every one else who lost there lives in this war

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  • Matt Harwood
  • 23-12-2013

Tissues at the ready...

Would you consider the audio edition of Diary of a Young Girl to be better than the print version?

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.

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  • Nathaniel Bradley
  • 18-11-2016

Beautiful then heart breaking

If you could sum up Diary of a Young Girl in three words, what would they be?

BEAUTIFUL EMOTIONAL DEEP

Who was your favorite character and why?

ANNE FRANK

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Anne's love for peter, her desire to help him

Any additional comments?

Her Dairy lets you into her mind and heart

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  • Vanguard
  • 11-11-2016

amazing

just an amazing historical document which should be compulsory reading in schools throughout the world

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  • C. P. Jones
  • 31-10-2016

moving and enlightening

The terrible tradgedy that this bright and full of life person oppressed and restrained from enjoying the normal freedom to live openly reminds you how easy it is for those possessed by evil to not only destroy but take the very joy out of others lives.
As a chridtian I pray she be ressurected at the end times to enjoy the life she was so brutally denied.

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  • Terry
  • 05-10-2016

very good

This is a really good one to listen to. Very good all aspects. Happy with this one.

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