I have enjoyed many audible books before, but I've never felt compelled to write a review.
I had never read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl. I assumed that I knew what it was about and that her diary entries would not hold my attention. I was mistaken on both accounts.
I looked forward every day for a chance to listen to the book. Anne Frank wrote with such emotional candor, eye for detail, and ear for conversations that I found myself wondering many times what she could have written if she had lived. I never grew tired of listening.
Selma Blair's reading is superb. Other readers might have just conveyed the intelligence and the eye of Ms. Frank - Ms. Blair goes further. She captures the adolescence quality of Anne Frank, the "young girl" - the petulance, the exasperation with the adults in the annex - through well-timed pauses.sighs, laughs.
In Los Angeles, where I live, The Museum of Tolerance has a letter that Anne Frank wrote to a pen-pal in the United States. It is a tribute to Audible and Ms. Blair that when I read the words of the letter, I heard Ms. Blair's voice reading them in my mind.
I picked this book as the first audio book purchased through audible.com; because it was a simple format (diary) and it was narrated by Selma Blair - an actress I am familiar with.
Although some of the content is dry and Selma Blair sometimes seems to lack enthusiasm in her portrayal of Anne Frank, I am overall pleased with this book and would recommend it to anyone interested. However, be prepared - the content is depressing at times and I was quite emotional throughout the reading.
I also started becoming slightly obsessed with learning more about the Holocaust (the genocide of approximately six million European Jews and millions of others during World War II, led by Adolf Hitler, throughout Nazi-occupied territory. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds perished. More than one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, as were approximately two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men).
This was not something I had previous knowledge about – never learned it in school (or don’t remember) and so I became curious about how this happened….needless to say,” it opened up a whole can of worms” for me and I ended up enveloped in the history of this time – not very pleasant.