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Diary of a Young Girl Audiobook

Diary of a Young Girl

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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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    David 08-10-17
    David 08-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So beautifully tragic"

    So inspiring and beautifully written. Not what I expected. Loved Helena Bonham Carter reading it!

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    Kindle Customer 05-10-17
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    "Loved the narration."

    The style of narration was great. The voice modulation gave a very realistic feel... it seemed seemed​ as if Anne herself was talking.
    This was my first audio book and I am surely not disappointed.

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    CHESTER DIAZ 03-06-17
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    "Witty and funny and historic writing !"

    Anne Frank is a savage, writing with wisdom beyond her teenage years. A great read that describes 1940's Europe from a Jewish perspective.

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    Hamish New York 04-08-16
    Hamish New York 04-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Horror of War the Heart of just a Girl"

    A look into the story of a young girl surrounded by the horrors of a war that should never have happened.

    The narrator was first class and delivers it as if it was Anne Frank herself.

    A really great book, though knowing the end will come and not in the nice way diaries tend to be written these days it's abruptly sad and makes you question why the nazis were so evil and corrupt, let alone the horrible person responsible for betraying the frank family.

    Ultimately it's a testament of what life was like living during those years and being holed up inside only to never escape happily.

    Highly recommended

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    Terry Cardiff, Australia 03-12-14
    Terry Cardiff, Australia 03-12-14
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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 2017
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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 07-30-12
    Ross 07-30-12
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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
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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.


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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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  • D. J. Craig
    Dorset, England
    10/16/17
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    "An Unorthodox Situation of an Everyday Teenage "

    Every person who reads this book must in some way or another connect with what AF says in one way or another. A truly honest and heart felt diary that really does seem for her eyes only. It feels almost rude listening to someone's deepest thoughts. Although confusing at times between characters you get the idea of the story. Beautifully narrated and enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Vonny Milonny
    8/29/17
    "A great account well read"

    I can't believe I'm 45 and only just getting this book! It was interesting to hear a true life account from those times especially from a child's point of view. I have to laugh at how frustrating I found Anne to be at times but then I was probably much the same as her in my early teens. Despite knowing what happens at the end I was still moved to tears to hear it, so awful.

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  • Cath Deakin
    8/23/17
    "Anne Frank"

    Excellent book, good insight Into how they lived and their thoughts. It was sad as we knew how it ended but it should be used as a reminder as to the atrocities of war for those of us living now and in the future

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  • Edgar
    8/19/17
    "So much to learn from this amazing woman"

    This book has been a rich source of inspiration. What an amazing performance from the narrator.

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  • JB
    7/27/17
    "Terrible Loss of a Great Writer"

    This is an honest, extremely well written account of a terrible ordeal that should never have happened.
    Anne Frank was one of the worlds greatest losses to literature. For someone her age, she writes so well, so eloquent and loquacious in tone, interesting and direct.
    Her diary is well read by Helena Bonham Carter, who reads in the most appropriate tone, you could listen for hours.
    I wont drag politics or intolerance into this review, suffice to say Anne Frank and millions of others endured such vile treatment, that this must never be repeated.
    This book should be compulsory reading for all teenagers, to help them understand how lucky they truly are. Anne's relationship with her mother was sad, I would like to hope she revised her opinion once they were captured.
    A remarkable story of a brave young lady and even braver friends.

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  • JaneyKay
    7/16/17
    "Insightful"

    A beautiful performance by Helena Bonham Carter.

    It's difficult to give a review to this diary which is now 74 years old. It shows that things change, but human souls, needs and wants don't. That every human is seeking to be understood from their own perspective.

    The ending is "known" and comes so very suddenly as Anne's diary entries become deeper and deeper in the last days as if she'd known. I'm sitting here in tears at the end of this book. Should be required "human" reading.

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  • Emma Gerardin
    6/29/17
    "Heart breaking..."

    An insight to a world unknown to many of us...how brave these people were... It was hard to listen to Anne's hopes for the future when all the way through I knew that bright, emotional and very talented young lady would be captured along with the others in August 1944..... How cruel is mans inhumanity to man.

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  • Anonymous
    5/24/17
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    "impelling
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    loved it
    inspiring read I went to Amsterdam and could nearly heat the naso running through the streets


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arvin Seeva
    5/24/17
    "A window into the lives that lived in WW2"

    A simple but insighful story from the eyes of the victims of war. A beautiful yet sombre reminder that life shouldn't be taken for granted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Port Talbot
    5/12/17
    "The Diary of a Young girl - fascinating account but ....."

    The Diary of a Young girl - fascinating account but .....
    What spoilt this book for me was the narrator.
    Although narrator has a terrific voice I found she spoke to quickly
    and had to rewind quite often to listen again, but also the emotion in her voice wasn't quite right !

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