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Diary of a Young Girl | [Anne Frank]

Diary of a Young Girl

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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Audible Editor Reviews

In celebration of its 70th Anniversary, this is the complete and unabridged audiobook of Diary of a Young Girl, the memoir written by Anne Frank and narrated beautifully by English actress Helena Bonham Carter. The tragic early teenage years of Anne's life that she documented in her diary are as powerful now as it was when it was first discovered and published in the years after World War II. Audible listeners will revisit or discover Anne's intimate account of survival and family. A heartbreaking memoir from one young witness to a senseless and terrible war.

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Matt Harwood Chatham, Kent United Kingdom 23/12/2013
    Matt Harwood Chatham, Kent United Kingdom 23/12/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Phil 24/01/2015
    Phil 24/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    **Spoiler Alert**

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MR Solihull, United Kingdom 08/03/2013
    MR Solihull, United Kingdom 08/03/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Heart breaking"

    This is well read and leaves a sense of loss at the end. It reads like a novel and I wish it was.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 29/04/2015
    Wras 29/04/2015 Member Since 2012

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carys Bromham 12/04/2015
    Carys Bromham 12/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ginge 14/03/2015
    ginge 14/03/2015
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    "Fantastically narrated."

    This is a brilliant book of a horrific time. Ann Frank will live on in our hearts.

    This is a must read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon 27/01/2015
    Gordon 27/01/2015
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patch Staffordshire 04/06/2014
    Patch Staffordshire 04/06/2014 Member Since 2012

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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Brown 12/01/2014
    Julia Brown 12/01/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 07/04/2013
    Sarah 07/04/2013
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    "Good"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Terry
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    12/03/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Brisbane, Australia
    22/01/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    Chidlow, Australia
    30/07/12
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    "Delightful and charmingly frank."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zane
    United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington
    01/06/12
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    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ilse
    Grembergen, Belgium
    13/05/12
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    "Now I understand why this is a must-read"
    What made the experience of listening to Diary of a Young Girl the most enjoyable?

    I could experience what Anna must have felt and get a better picture of the girl with tragic, well-known history.


    Which character – as performed by Helena Bonham Carter – was your favorite?

    Anna of course.


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

    It got me very quiet and I listened to it with little pauses in between!


    Any additional comments?

    Must-read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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