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)
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.
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 an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
"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.
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
"Beautiful then heart breaking"
BEAUTIFUL EMOTIONAL DEEP
Anne's love for peter, her desire to help him
Her Dairy lets you into her mind and heart
just an amazing historical document which should be compulsory reading in schools throughout the world
"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.
This is a really good one to listen to. Very good all aspects. Happy with this one.
"A must read...for everyone"
A riveting diary of a young girl who should of grown up to be a world leader. Her story is just if not more relevant now as it was then. You cannot fail to be moved and listen to her words of wisdom. Tragic but uplifting.
"Still find this heartbreaking"
But such great writing and insightful and fairly inspiring. Much more in it than the original version I read.
A must have! Compelling and deeply moving and Helen does a wonderful job of bringing this masterpiece to life!
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