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Diary of a Young Girl

Written by: Anne Frank
Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: History, World
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In celebration of its 70th Anniversary, this is the complete and unabridged audiobook of Diary of a Young Girl, the memoir written by Anne Frank and narrated beautifully by English actress Helena Bonham Carter. The tragic early teenage years of Anne’s life that she documented in her diary are as powerful now as it was when it was first discovered and published in the years after World War II. Audible listeners will revisit or discover Anne’s intimate account of survival and family. A heartbreaking memoir from one young witness to a senseless and terrible war.

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Brought to you by Penguin.

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter.

The Diary of Anne Frank Is 'A Monument to The Human Spirit'

One of the most famous accounts of living under the Nazi regime comes from the diary of a 13-year-old Jewish girl, Anne Frank. Edited by her father Otto H. Frank and German novelist Mirjam Pressler, this is a true story to be rediscovered by each new generation.

12th July 1944:

'It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.'

In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse.

Aged 13, Anne kept a diary of her time in the secret annexe. She movingly revealed how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with hunger, the daily threat of discovery and death and isolation from the outside world.

A thought-provoking record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, the diary of Anne Frank is a testament to the atrocities of the past and a promise they will never be forgotten.

©2011 Anne Frank Foundation (P)2011 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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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Beautiful Experience!

It was as if Anne herself had been narrating the story. Thank you Amazon .

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Just beautiful...

When Anne goes, "Everyone's complaining so much. It's not even that bad here", it made me think about my own life and how much I take for granted in my life. Her simple yet deep philosophies about life sprinkled through the diary also caught me off guard. Helena's voice captures her innocent and straightforward young spirit very well.

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Amazing Ann!!

A must read for all ages specially teens to understand the emotions they are about to go through and at the same time empathize what so many people had to go through. amazingly wrote and articulated. we travel with Ann everyday and wish for her to live and achieve her dreams. yet life happens. this made me enjoy my everyday as Ann would do. Ann will live on with who ever reads this book.

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Very touching and beautifully narrated

It was worth every second, so wonderfully written as well as great narration. highly recommended

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Remind me my own mindset when I was child

By God grace I was lucky enough not to go through such anne and her family and all Jews had to go through.
Inspire of all that I like where anne frequently writes life is good.There is sky,birds animals and nature which are enough to make us happy.
Her remark on People are good touches me.

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one of the best diary

It was a fantastic book to read. Narrator makes the story more interesting by her expression and brings live to it. Highly recommended for someone who is interested in biographies.

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Awesome narrative of a beautiful book

The book shows the struggle of an adolescent girl who is to face family problems and the political problems of the jews. It shows great detail about the struggles of Jews in the World Great War. Great narration By Helena Carter

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this book is God's gift to men..

In the most cruel autocratic genocide. thru Ann's book we get an insight into the most minute details of living in hiding. Ann is just the suitable person to be writing this. without any intension of making it a book, she shares her feelings and experiences of living as a kid to kitty.(her diary).

A journey through adolescence, human nature, diverse human personalities, infatuation, love,.parenting,.friendship, brotherhood, fear, hope, death, human psychology.

Let Ann give you an experience of life in tough times from little to great joys and sorrows.

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  • Alexa User
  • 10-05-17

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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  • Karen
  • 11-07-20

strange ending

really had a very different expectation seems so incomplete and really expected a different more gripping story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-20

Long due reading

Amazing . Just a plain representation of thoughts although one wonders if the vocabulary of the kid was so rich (for her age). Loss during world wars I’d not just lives but the ideas and talents as well.

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  • 05-09-19

Such a insight not only on the war but a youngster at that time

I am fascinated by WW2. This Story is so beautiful and tragic at the same time. I hate the fact that this is not like a movie were you know everything right up to the end. Wish I could know how she felt and feel. Such a brave and wise child. But then again it would have been so hard.

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  • David
  • 10-08-17

So beautifully tragic

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

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  • CHESTER DIAZ
  • 06-03-17

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
  • 08-04-16

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
  • 12-03-14

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
  • 22-01-13

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
  • 30-07-12

Delightful and charmingly frank.

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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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  • Tracy
  • 18-06-16

So glad I decided to buy this book.

I decided to listen to this after the book remained on my shelf, gathering dust. What an incredible book - Anne's diary entries are so detailed I almost felt I was there watching them all. Beautifully read by Helena Bonham Carter. I didn't want it to end and I felt myself becoming nervous at the thought these people would be caught at any moment. Thank you Anne M Frank.

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  • Claire
  • 07-11-15

Excellent narration

If you could sum up Diary of a Young Girl in three words, what would they be?

Youth, family, survival.

What other book might you compare Diary of a Young Girl to, and why?

Other accounts of people in hiding during WWII. It's such a novel situation that only fellow accounts offer any comparison of surviving under such constant threat of discovery.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Entries where Anne is in a good mood and feeling motivated by her diary, her dear Kitty.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time Anne writes about the future, or what she might do 'after the war', are excruciating passages, as we know what happened.

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  • C. P. Jones
  • 31-10-16

moving and enlightening

The terrible tradgedy that this bright and full of life person oppressed and restrained from enjoying the normal freedom to live openly reminds you how easy it is for those possessed by evil to not only destroy but take the very joy out of others lives.
As a chridtian I pray she be ressurected at the end times to enjoy the life she was so brutally denied.

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  • lizzi
  • 14-05-16

Excellent book and a must read for any modern teenager

I remember reading this book as a child and loving it and was surprised at 28 years old how poignant and relevant it is still all these years later. As a teenager all the feelings Anne went through I remember feeling which is remarkable seeing as it was written over 70 years ago. The feelings and angst felt might have been the same, but of course our upbringing and circumstances were entirely different which is what makes the book so remarkable.

The most important message that is taken away from this book is how pointless war is and how pointless Anne's subsequent death was. For an innocent Jewish teenager from a family that wasn't even particularly religious, to have been murdered because she was a Jew just seems so tragic and pointless.

The book seems ever more poignant in 2016 as the world again turns a blind eye on a race of people in flight from an oppressive regime. Neighbour turned against neighbour in the 40's and it seems like it was just as justifiable then as it is nowadays. It seems a sad fact that nothing has been learnt from history and the human race repeats it's past mistakes over and over. Very thought provoking book!

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  • Bhaskar Natarajan
  • 26-12-16

excellent rendition by Helena!

I believe Anne Frank liked through Helena's voice. a great effort by countless many to keep these pages live! I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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  • timothy reynolds
  • 13-12-16

loved it

great book very re recomended the life of Ann frank may her soul rest in peace and every one else who lost there lives in this war

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  • Matt Harwood
  • 23-12-13

Tissues at the ready...

Would you consider the audio edition of Diary of a Young Girl to be better than the print version?

This is a beautifully narrated version of this increadibly moving diary.
An insight into the thoughts and emothions of a young girl, growing and discovering herself, with the constant fears of life around her. In her well written diary, you'll become familier with all the members of her family, and the people she was forced to live locked up in a few small rooms with. Be prepared to listen to the heart-wrenching sadness, of what happens to each and every one of them.
Helena Bonham Carter does a fantastic job of narrating this powerful sombre, and thought provoking diary, written by a young girl, who wrote this book for no-one but herself, yet sends a story worldwide.

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  • Nathaniel Bradley
  • 18-11-16

Beautiful then heart breaking

If you could sum up Diary of a Young Girl in three words, what would they be?

BEAUTIFUL EMOTIONAL DEEP

Who was your favorite character and why?

ANNE FRANK

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Anne's love for peter, her desire to help him

Any additional comments?

Her Dairy lets you into her mind and heart

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  • Vanguard
  • 11-11-16

amazing

just an amazing historical document which should be compulsory reading in schools throughout the world

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  • Terry
  • 05-10-16

very good

This is a really good one to listen to. Very good all aspects. Happy with this one.

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  • Anna Spencer
  • 24-11-17

An Endearing Diary

Anne Frank’s diary, which is charming, candid and endearing, is beautifully read by Helena Bonham Carter.

Anne shows wisdom beyond her years, and her frank reflections on life make absorbing listening. I like the way she always appears so cheerful on the outside and only reveals her true feelings to Kitty, her diary.
The diary gives the reader an accurate picture of life for Jews in hiding during the war years, and the hardships they had to endure.

I find this audio book very enjoyable, and it is much more positive than I had expected. The reader is so good, that it seems as though it is Anne herself who is talking.

This book would appeal to anyone, especially to those interested in the prevailing austere conditions during the war. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-20

Nice work Anne

Wow, I just finished the book and I am shook. This should be a must read for all young adults. I am in awe of how a book can connect you to someone from a different time period, spanning death and years. Anne was a smart, kind hearted girl with great insight. I have no doubt she would have penned many more great literary classics. I didnt feel too sad during the book, but upon hearing the afterward I cried, it was like getting bad news about a friend. The performance was very good by HBC, though at times the pronunciations sounded pretentious (who really says "trays" for traits?). A great read on becoming a person of independent thought, being resilient and finding joy even in dark times. I read this under strict covid lockdowns, most of us dont know true suffering and restriction and we can get through this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-20

Very Moving

This book I remember from my teenage years, I remember loving the story, relating to some of the typical teenage issues she talks to and being devastated by the ending. This extended version did not disappoint though now as an adult Anne’s daily issues were less relatable too. The ending though hit me harder than ever since I have a better understanding of the devastation and issues from WW2. I would highly recommend this book. Narration was great though at time quite fast causing a little confusion time to time. Even now, days later it’s hard to forget the tragic ending, this is a book I’ll read again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-20

Raw and honest entries of a teenager during WW2

I loved Anne’s narration of daily life and her profound reflections on love, life and herself as a person. I expected more detail on the war but the story was peppered with small details only and largely focused on her thoughts and actions. the end came abruptly which signifies genuinely the fragility of life.

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  • BookNinja
  • 17-04-20

Death and Despair through her scribblings

Just listening to Anne talk about what her life can be much more impactful that stories from the trenches. The reader knows her fate so just hearing her speak of her problems and make jokes leaves more of an impact.

Best book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-20

Narrator is the best!

No one better than Helena Bonham Carter couldn’t read this book!
Diary of a 14 years old girl during world war 2. Do not expect to listen much about the war itself, it is more about what was happening for this young girl and her family in those years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-20

Maybe a younger voice would be more immersive

What a gorgeous mind. I hope Anne is proud of her work and the fact that so many people love her writing. I think a younger sounding narrator would make the audio book sound like a friend chatting to you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-20

Amazing story

An amazing story and very inspiring. Anne Frank was so brave and strong will. A sad ending but Nevertherless I think her legacy still lives on.!!
I could not stop listenning to the book it captivated me from the very start.

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  • Michael H
  • 16-01-20

Exceptionally well read

This book offers a deeply personal insight into the horror of the Nazi occupation. At times I struggled with this book, Anne does not get on well with her mother, yet she should know many millions of people have had lost their mother's in the war, she could be more grateful.
She does see the error of her ways at one point.

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  • YDN19
  • 05-12-19

beautifully narrated

I was surprised at how wise young Anne is. Each diary entry reads as a letter to an imaginary "Kitty" and she writes not only about her own thoughts and fears but also explains what a day in the life of hiding was like with such vivid clarity and feeling that you will feel transported to that place. She was a talented writer but to read this is heartbreaking knowing how this story ends.

I would also recommend this book to parents for some insight as Anne expresses her dislike for her mother with her own analysis on the dynamics of the relationship and how/why things were difficult between them.

Helena Bonham Carter is a joy to listen to, perfectly narrated. I would listen to this again.