Listening to this in my 30s was more enriching than it was when I originally read it in middle school. Thank you Anne, for sharing your life with the world.
I remember reading this as a child, but reading it again as an adult made me appreciate Anne's skill with descriptions. She shares her feelings and teenage logic concerning how "no one understands" her in a way that could help parents and teens better understand that stage of their lives. The narrator is superb with insightful inflections that add to the emotion. Highly recommended.
I love Anne's positive outlook on life in the face of so much hatred. Her last few entries are the most moving for me. So glad her diary survived to tell her story
The audio version is so much better than the print version. Listening to this book has held my attention way better than reading it did. It is nice to hear how Dutch and German names and phrases are pronounced since I do not speak either language.
There really is no other book quite like it.
Anne, of course. I do have to say that Selma's characterizations of the annex adults (as seen through Anne's eyes), can be quite funny. I think Selma Blair was a perfect choice for a narrator. :) She did a fantastic job of bring Anne's words to life. :)
I don't usually go through any audiobook in one sitting. That being said, I have listened to it many, many times over.
The only reason I gave the performance 4 stars is this: Some of the original Dutch/German phrases and comments by the Annex family are left in, as in the print version. However, the print version italicizes the phrase and has a footer with the meaning of the phrase in English where it appears. It is impossible for the audiobook to have something like that, so how the phrases fit into Anne's diary entries can be very hard to decipher for the listener.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I weep for the loss of a great talent in Anne Frank, but Selma brings her to life in a magical way.
"Enjoyable" is not the word to use in this instance, because you know that Anne, her family, and the rest of the people hidden away in the annex will be taken away at the end of the book. You hear their fates, and it's almost too much to bear. I love that I got the full unabridged version of Anne's diary, including all of the parts about her budding sexuality and anger towards her mother, because Anne was not a cookie cutter girl; she is an icon for our world.
You could try to compare the "Dear America" books, the historical fiction diaries written to make kids feel like they can relate to a certain era in the world. However, Anne's diary was not fiction. It was real. There are some people who would deny the Holocaust or the damage the Nazis did in Europe during WWII. But the fact is that Anne Frank was a real girl who suffered a real battle and died a real, brutal death simply because of her heritage and religion, as did millions of people during that time. You can't deny the raw quality in this version of Anne's diary, and if you did, you'd be lying to yourself. I would compare this book also to Elie Wiesel's "Night"--a direct survivor of the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. Anne's story is sort of like the first half of being Jewish in WWII Europe, and Elie's is like what the second half of being Jewish in the camps. His story would give you a better, detailed idea of how much more suffering Anne and the Frank family, along with millions of other people, still experienced after the diary ends.
By Selma Blair reading this story, you get that adult sense of Anne rather than the teenager Anne. I feel like Selma really brought a haunting note to this book, since we do know that Anne never reached adulthood. It's as if Anne is reading her diary from another plain where she grew past teenager age. I can't really think of anyone else who could have done a better job than Selma Blair.
I just can't stop remembering how Anne truly wanted and believed that she'd be a famous writer someday. Sometimes she would laugh at herself and say, "I must be crazy for thinking I'll be famous for my writings one day, but I can't stop wanting it." And today, she IS a world renown writer; her diary is the second most-read nonfiction book in the world! It's almost too hard to comprehend that Anne Frank is as famous as she is, and she was just a girl like everyone else. Do not pass up this audiobook; everyone NEEDS to know her story, directly from her diary.
I believe it's important to know the history of not only the best ages of the world but the worst ages too, and the Holocaust, I would say, is definitely the worst age in history, especially since it was only in the last decade. It was recently the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation; 70 years might feel like a long time, but it's really not. If we don't understand how certain tragedies and genocides happened, we can't stop them from happening again. Don't disregard Anne's story, because it is a true story that everyone needs to hear. If you had read this book in school, read this unabridged version again as an older reader. If you didn't read this book in school, like me, don't wait another moment.
This is a wonderful peek into the life of a young lady as she came of age in a most horrific time in world history. Selma does a great job reading this touching story. I recommend it to everyone.