More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best-seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.
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"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions....There may be no better way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructive nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil." (Chicago Tribune)
This is an amazing book. I felt compelled to read the book because it's a classic, but it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable reads (despite the horrible topic) of any in my library.
This is my first review although probably the 50th or so book I've listened to. Selma Blair makes the story come to life. She uses a little bit of a slow whine that's believable for a teen discussing her parents and angst of teen love. So good.
It feels wrong, somehow, rating Anne's diary, but she was truly a very complex, interesting, and insightful young girl. Every time she spoke about her future, I was crushed knowing she never got one.
I would recommend this to everyone, young and old.
Selma Blair did a fantastic job narrating, giving the right amount of emphasis for how a teenage girl might actually talk.
Some have said they don't understand what was so horrific about the book, or how they hated Anne being a teenager and saying, many times, that no one truly knows her or "understands" her. Here's the truth: I don't think anyone in the annex really did know her, and only after the war ended did her father get to see insight into his daughter's emotions and internal turmoil. What's so horrific about this story is how it abruptly ends. The fact the 8 Jews in the annex had to hide from the world just to stay alive. That, in the end, it was all for naught. What's so horrific is the terrible way they died, and for no reason whatsoever.
Those who gave negative reviews seem to not have grasped the point of Anne's story. They focus too much on it being a diary of a young girl and less on the reality of her situation. Juxtapose her life with what was going on in the world. How her being Jewish didn't make her any different than any other teenage girl. Her religion, race, wasn't who she was. THAT'S the point. She was brave, naive, an autodidactic, and had hopes and dreams. Maybe some of the naysayers out there should take a page from Anne's diary and try to live it. Tell me how it was terrifying and horrific. Because, guess what, it was.
I wish she had survived to continue her stories. I imagine her to be a writer with rich and challenging writing that would make you think. Her loss is unimaginable.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
I wanted to go back in time to tell her before she died, "Don't worry, you'll be known and loved as the great writer you always dreamed of being from this time immemorial." I wish she at least knew that before the world lost her.
The history of depresion and suffering during a world war along with starvation and all the humiliation along with the fact that is a true story
Anne Frant because of her courage and understanding of everything going on around her
The many Perils of war
The misunderstanding of people towards one to another
This is my first time reading completely through an Anne Frank book.... It kept my attention!
After reading this book I felt sadness for her, her family and friends. It helped me get a better understanding of who Anne Frank was and what she experienced. Her voice is so pleasant and fits Anne well.
Every book I read takes me on a vacation and helps me understand this wonderful and complex world in which we live.
Selma Blair gave life to Anne Frank in a way that just reading the book myself might not have.
I was engrossed from the very beginning and couldn't stop listening while I worked in my studio. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank, was so open and raw. As fate would have it, Anne received a diary for her birthday and began writing just before her family went into hiding. As the years progressed in the secret annex, so did Anne's wisdom -- far above her age. Her perspective on the war, the atrocities of human suffering, and the depth of her appreciation of those who helped her family were so moving. She rarely complained about being bored and tried to keep a positive attitude. In the end, her ideas on peace and war seem so simple, yet so true. What really struck me though, was a few of her comments about why she was writing the diary... no one would ever read it... its boring... it will never amount to anything. When in reality, her words have touched millions of people the world over. If she only knew... if she only knew.
Selma Blair did a fabulous job portraying the words and feelings of Anne Frank. She was amazing!!
I don't think anyone could read/listen to this book and not have an extreme reaction. The horrific time in our history is just that... horrific, but needs to be shared.
When she kisses pater!
The fact she sounded Anne Frank herself!
Yes, but I couldn't.
She was the typical teenager
How difficult it must be to live in such a small area with 8 others
Hard working woman who loves to listen while she works. Makes the days pass quicker. I love a good book.
Classic book. Surprised me how the things this girl experiences were so like girls of today. Ending brought tears to my eyes. Loved this book
Yes, I read this book many years ago and this version was different than the Anne Frank of my youth. I thought the story was very moving and listening to Anne's story as an adult and mother made me see it a bit differently. Even though we know the end to the story, listening to Anne just talk about being a teenager was very relatable. I remember feeling some of the same things that Anne describes and that in turn made me think about my own teenage daughter and some of the things she may be thinking and feeling. The times have changed, but so much of it is still relevent.
She had great inflection and in my mind was Anne
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