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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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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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    Terry Cardiff, Australia 03-12-14
    Terry Cardiff, Australia 03-12-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-22-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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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.

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    Ross Chidlow, Australia 07-30-12
    Ross Chidlow, Australia 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

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    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 06-01-12
    Zane United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington 06-01-12 Member Since 2011
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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
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    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12
    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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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!!

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  • Julia
    Ferndown, United Kingdom
    1/12/14
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Harwood
    Chatham, Kent United Kingdom
    12/23/13
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    3/8/13
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patch
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    6/4/14
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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.

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  • Sarah
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    2/21/13
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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