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)
Sad, enlightening, mesmerizing, uplifting, beautiful. Well worth a second and third read. I will recommend this book.
A wonderful insight into what Annes life was like inside the annex. and what went through people's (specifically the jews) minds in the horrendous days of WWII.
It helped me realize that I must be thankful to live in a time and place where such terrors do not occur. Anne also brought up many valid points which inspired me to do better within my own life.
I do wish that there weren't any omissions, however. I feel that to omit passages (sexual, offensive, or otherwise), it hinders the true authenticity of Annes story.
Even though I already knew that Anne didn't survive, I still found myself hoping through the book that she would somehow escape and accomplish many of her aspirations.
It's not one of my favorite narrations. The book drags one through the inner workings of Anne's mind- and it allows you to watch her mental growth as a young teenager
I've listened to the book for 7 hours. I keep listening because it has been one of those books on my "need to read list." That is the only reason I keep listening. I don't find it interesting. And the narrator is awful!
NO. Never. She is awful. Absolutely awful.
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.
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.
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.
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