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)
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry. I also love to listen to the same whilst not paying attention to other things. I aim for my reviews to be short and succinct so that they are easy to read.
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!
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