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)
I have enjoyed many audible books before, but I've never felt compelled to write a review.
I had never read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl. I assumed that I knew what it was about and that her diary entries would not hold my attention. I was mistaken on both accounts.
I looked forward every day for a chance to listen to the book. Anne Frank wrote with such emotional candor, eye for detail, and ear for conversations that I found myself wondering many times what she could have written if she had lived. I never grew tired of listening.
Selma Blair's reading is superb. Other readers might have just conveyed the intelligence and the eye of Ms. Frank - Ms. Blair goes further. She captures the adolescence quality of Anne Frank, the "young girl" - the petulance, the exasperation with the adults in the annex - through well-timed pauses.sighs, laughs.
In Los Angeles, where I live, The Museum of Tolerance has a letter that Anne Frank wrote to a pen-pal in the United States. It is a tribute to Audible and Ms. Blair that when I read the words of the letter, I heard Ms. Blair's voice reading them in my mind.
In my ignorance I thought I knew this story without having read it. Even though I have read many books on WWII, I swept by this assuming it was what it seemed to be...people hiding from the Nazis. However, there is so much depth and humanity to this work that it truly deserves its recognition. How one young girl could give us all so much is testiment to its honesty and innocence. If you have not read it and said someday you would...now is the time. There is no reviewing it as it stands apart from any criticism. This is an experience and a human journey that will live with you well past closing the book...hopefully for the rest of your life.
Selma's performance is fitting.
If you haven't read Anne Frank's diary, written over a two year period by a girl in her early teens in hiding from the Nazis, the time is now! I will warn you that this is the entire diary, not the abridged version her father initially published. She talks about sex, her body, and the tension between herself and her mother. Anne gives us a glimpse into the stresses and struggles her family, and the four others in hiding with them, faced as they lived above Mr. Frank's business. Yet, it's not just a WWII story; Anne gives us a well-painted picture of a girl going through the normal conflicts of growing up. This was a book that stayed with me for days after I had finished listening.
I found the reader irritating at first because her voice wasn't the one I heard in my head for Anne, but she did a good job of expressing Anne's feelings in a teenager's voice.
I had never read this before, and was a little leery because I normally like fiction and didn't know if it would keep my interest. This was a very enjoyable listen, often funny, and often tear-jerking. Selma Blair does a great job of capturing the innocence, and insight, of the young Anne Frank. Even if you've read it before, give this one a listen!
This story is so shocking and amazing at the same time. I love learning about Anne & her family. The horror they went through breaks my heart. I will read this book again for sure!!
Number one !
Her thankfulness for where she was! Falling in puppy love and having hope even when the adults were losing it!
She spoke to me as Ann! I felt like I was inside Ann's thoughts emotions wishes dreams! I know she is a fully grown woman but her voice gave the innocence Ann deserved to be given! She did Ann justice. I have heard many but none as hauntingly portrayed as she. Although we know the end was horrific. She broke it to use sympathetically as a family member would! Chilling!!
Her last passage! That's all I can say!
I read the children's version as mandatory reading as a child! I wanted to know all there was left. I heard there were other versions but never had the time to read them. Now on my commute to school or cleaning or cooking I can listen and its just awesome!
Of course, this book is wonderful. I wish that it was read by someone other than Selma Blair. I know there must be a reason as to why they chose her to narrate this book, maybe her voice really is Anne's true personality ~ but that's just it ~ Her voice is very dull and drab. Still, I love listening to the life and times of this young, amazingly bright girl. Anne was far before her time, or maybe she was just perfect for it. This book gives a great deal more detail than the other Anne Frank books that I have read. I am enjoying listening to it for the first time and learning new things about her and her family. ~
I picked this book as the first audio book purchased through audible.com; because it was a simple format (diary) and it was narrated by Selma Blair - an actress I am familiar with.
Although some of the content is dry and Selma Blair sometimes seems to lack enthusiasm in her portrayal of Anne Frank, I am overall pleased with this book and would recommend it to anyone interested. However, be prepared - the content is depressing at times and I was quite emotional throughout the reading.
I also started becoming slightly obsessed with learning more about the Holocaust (the genocide of approximately six million European Jews and millions of others during World War II, led by Adolf Hitler, throughout Nazi-occupied territory. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds perished. More than one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, as were approximately two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men).
This was not something I had previous knowledge about – never learned it in school (or don’t remember) and so I became curious about how this happened….needless to say,” it opened up a whole can of worms” for me and I ended up enveloped in the history of this time – not very pleasant.
Selma Blair's performance made it feel like Anne was talking right to me. This audio book was transformed into a friend telling of her trials and a friend listening intently. This is story is amazing on its own but the performance set it apart.
Anne is a real teen girl and I felt like if I had been in her situation... Well I don't know. It's a tragedy that Anne had to experience these hardships and that in the end she suffered even more but I appreciate that the story is real and raw. I am thankful for Anne who spent all that time writing in her journal and sharing her story.
The part where Anne talks about making a difference long after she is gone... I cried, like a baby!
See the comment above, yes absolutely!
Anne transforms through out her time in the Secret annex and that makes her more likable as her story develops. I hate for her that she wasn't able to enjoy her youth but I am greatful that she shared her story with us and that would make her happy if she knew, all the lives she had touched through writing in her journal.
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