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  • Written by: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Selma Blair
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (292 ratings)

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Written by: Anne Frank
Narrated by: Selma Blair
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The definitive edition.

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic - a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a 13-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

©2010 Random House

What the critics say

"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)

“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust...remains astonishing and excruciating.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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An important and beautiful story

I couldn't stop listening to this book. Performed beautifully, you really feel like you are listening to the voice of a teen girl. Anne's dream was to become a journalist and one day, a famous writer. It breaks my heart that she will never know that she became both. In times like this, it is so important that we remember the haulocost. After reading this book, I cried and cried and begged God to stop us from letting this happen again. You really feel like you know Anne after reading her diary. You see that she is just a normal child and teenager. You want to give her a big hug and talk her through everything. Please hear her story, and don't let it go to waste. Remember, there are concentration camps today. Anne's story should serve as a reminder to us, to speak out against racism and oppression. Especially for children. #wherearethechildren

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Highly Recommended

I went to Amsterdam over the summer and obviously, I had to check out the Anne Frank Museum (which was incredible btw). I remember reading this book back in high school but I don't remember a thing. Selma is brilliant in this audible! She is so animated and made this audible so enjoyable.

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Very well done!

When I read the original I frequently forgot that this was a young teenage girl. Her vocabulary is very good so it's easy to start thinking of an adult. Selma Blair did such a great job at keeping the fact that Anne was only 14 - 15 years old front and foremost in my mind. I actually think I enjoyed this more than reading the original.

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Makes you appreciate everything

This is so well written, I kept forgetting she was only a teenager.
Selma Blair did a wonderful job bringing Anne’s story to love, I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Never forget.

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Emotional

By listening to this book i was feeling like i am also living with the family of 8. It is very inspirational story of young girl. I am so amazed how can someone write that precisely at such a young age. So emotional and must listened book.


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Amazing read

I loved everything about this book it’s just so real and personal and you can really connect to how she feels about her family and just life in general and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something real and deep

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awesome book

sad book but love it, such a tragedy in the 1940s, in two days I've listened to the whole book

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A stolen treasure

The Diary of a Young girl is one of the most famous documents to emerge from the horrors of the Holocaust. Written by Anne Frank from the ages of 13 to 15, you can expect a pointed, blunt, authentic, and honest account of what it was like to be a teenager while hiding from the evil Nazis from 1942-1944. Her youthfulness makes for an unfiltered account of her life, daily chores, opinions, hopes, dreams, and a veritable soap opera describing the interpersonal relationships of the secret annex residents. Don't be deterred by the term "soap opera". Anne is a much more vibrant and quirky writer than anything you might expect to see on TV. She's far more intelligent than she gives herself credit for and mature beyond her years despite a few stumbles and missteps within the confines of the annex. She displays an amazing sense of character, bravery, and personal growth throughout her story. What really wasn't expected was what a grown up perspective she provides at such a young age and a deeply intelligent and eclectic assortment of interests and hobbies. She was incredibly self-aware and capable of scolding herself on most of her faults. She wished so badly to be a professional journalist and author one day and upon her death, the world was robbed of a beautiful soul and a brilliant littérateur. How much richer the world would have been, had she survived her ordeal. RIP Anne. You achieved your dream of becoming a famous truth-telling writer in spades. If only we could have been blessed with more of your precious intelligence. Selma Blair delivers a masterful narration of this special story. I'm sure Anne would have been proud and deeply satisfied with this result. Only she herself could have done a better job.

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Heartbreaking story

Thank you Anne Frank for sharing your most personal thoughts and feelings with the world

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"What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again." Anne Frank

I still feel overwhelmed with sadness from listening to The Diary of a Young Girl and walking through Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam last week.

So thankful to all who helped to end the horrific Holocaust and to Anne Frank for sharing her heart and experience with the world. The Diary of a Young Girl is one of the most widely read books in the world * #neveragain

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