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)
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!
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.
"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.
This is well read and leaves a sense of loss at the end. It reads like a novel and I wish it was.
Having been to Amsterdam recently i was enlightened to the subject also explained to me in detail by my wife.So i bought the book to throw more light on the subject.
Fact or Fiction you decide
It does seem strange that these were the only ones who tried this and nearly all got away with it.I also believe that it could of been written by her father not anne.
"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.
"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.
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.
"poor reading "
I have kept the same volume for all my books and I have heard them well but helena Bonham carter couldn't hear her very well
"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.
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!
An excellent narration by Helena Bonham Carter, a very good reader. I listened to this because it is a book that should be listened to, rather than expecting to enjoy it. It is indeed very sad, and will make you think for days afterwards. However we must not ignore or avoid something because it is unpleasant if it can teach us something valuable and improve our knowledge.
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