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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Frank Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307737823
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Hiding from the Nazis in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building in Amsterdam, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Anne's story, however. This book completes the portrait of this remarkable and talented young  author.

Tales from the Secret Annex is a complete collection of Anne Frank's lesser-known writings: short stories, fables, personal reminiscences, and an unfinished novel. Here, too, are portions of the diary originally withheld from publication by her father. By turns fantastical, rebellious, touching, funny, and heartbreaking, these writings reveal the astonishing range of Anne Frank's wisdom and imagination--as well as her indomitable love of life. Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex is a testaments to this determined young woman's extraordinary genius and to the persistent strength of the creative spirit.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ♥ My Name Is Caroline ♥ | 2/20/2014

    " The book was heartbreakingly and beautifully written, it shows how much talent Anne had and what a promising future she would have had if she'd survived. The book was lively with details and it was a shame that she never finished Cady's life even though I didn't understand what the plot was. The flaws to this book was that it was much too long for a person in this century to enjoy.And yes, it can get boring in some parts but Anne is and was a promising writer,some chapters capture your attention again after being distracted. I'll even admit, as a fan of Anne Frank, I skipped a few pages to get to the good parts of it. But then I re-read the book, including the dull parts, and mostly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hil | 2/15/2014

    " A good addition to the original diaries, which I enjoyed many years ago now. This is a collection of extra writings done my Anne whilst in hiding, both about what was going on around her and from her own imagination and includes various stories and moral tales. Worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawna | 2/9/2014

    " Who knew other writings of Anne Frank existed? Her insight & understanding at only 15 years old is phenomenal. Likely could be the most talented young author ever! Delighted I happened upon this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 2/1/2014

    " What a wonderful book. I recomend everyone read it. The fables and short stories are brilliant. It also shows her character as a person. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorenjenny | 1/27/2014

    " I don't know where to start. this book was so beautiful and sad written. i just adore how anne frank went all through all of those moments at a very young age but still she was so happy and positive. All i have to say is that she was an inspirational person and very brave just like her family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 1/25/2014

    " Anne Frank was obviously a very special girl with a life meant for great purpose. Her writing could be deeply sympathetic, and is full of simple wisdom. She was profound without trying to be impressive. I adored this book and loved the story of the flower girl best. It sticks with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/14/2014

    " Anne Frank's writing is like reading notes from a best friend. I loved, loved, loved The Diary, and I now love this - stories SHE created. Her tales begin with personal reminisces, then stories that she imagined herself - but seem all too familiar. The protagonists are kind teenage girls pondering on the workings of life, and how to find one's inner happiness. From reading The Diary, my favorite passages are the ones talking about the glory of nature and its closeness with God. Here in her stories, her characters find happiness in the sky, and find wisdom in the workings of trees and flowers. My favorite essay is "Give!" about acting kind to other people. Her starting of her own novel, "Cady's Life" is very similar to her own life. When the anthology ended, I felt really sad that there weren't any more wisdom to read....until I will re-read soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/12/2014

    " Its so sad all that she had to go through at such a young age, even her family and friends. but she is such an inspiration even in the midst of fear she still kept faith, love and dreams alive in her heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/7/2014

    " This rating acknowledges her age, and her talent, had she been able to more fully develop it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shamsh | 12/31/2013

    " Also moving and beautiful. Anne has a special place in my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/19/2013

    " A touching story. I read this twice once on my own and the second for school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ♥Dacia♥ | 12/8/2013

    " it was kind of boring because it only had, like, short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan Gross | 11/29/2013

    " Good read for more insight into the annex. This is writngs and stories from Anne herself. Have to admit I didn't finish. I got a little tired of it. I'll pick it up again, I just got bored. It's not as great as her diary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shalyce Hansen Pitcher | 11/29/2013

    " Not a bad read. Interesting to see the day to day happenings while being in the annexe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/16/2013

    " I read this YEARS ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie de Castro | 9/25/2013

    " I remember I had gotten into an Anne Frank kick, but I don't have a review written for this one. I didn't like the books that went too much into detail about the sufferings of the victims in WW2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/15/2013

    " She was truly wise beyond her years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Mitchell | 4/22/2013

    " The Diary of Anne Frank is one of those books that somehow passed me by. After reading this extract it is a fault that I fully intend to rectify immediately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 4/18/2013

    " How could you rate it any less than five? I don't know what the difference between that and the main diary is... But anyway. She was incredibly gifted at writing. What more can I say? It's tragic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 3/10/2013

    " Annes samlede v "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lady | 2/18/2013

    " Anne's stories showed a lot of promise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/25/2012

    " If Anne Frank had lived, she may have matured into a very good fiction writer as well. Wish all my students had written as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lulu! | 6/7/2012

    " This book is VERY weird specially the AUTHOR! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 5/7/2012

    " It is interesting to read if you think about where and who wrote the book but that feeling is soon lost as the short stories turn into a boring read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 7/13/2011

    " It had been a long time since I read this so I thought I'd give it another go around. It makes me think about all the little things we all take for granted! I felt so sad for Anne when she says that they no longer even hear birds singing outside the windows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/13/2011

    " I started reading this book while back. good while back. decided to finish it, and get it off my currently reading shelf. :) her stories were good in the first part. liked some of the diary entries that were not originally published with her diary. worthy read if you liked her diary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/19/2011

    " If Anne Frank had lived, she may have matured into a very good fiction writer as well. Wish all my students had written as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/24/2011

    " Absolutely amazing! A collection of Anne Frank's short stories, essays, anecdotes, fairy tales, and the beginning of a novel! She was a wonderful and remarkable person and writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lady | 1/20/2011

    " Anne's stories showed a lot of promise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebeccah | 1/9/2011

    " Anne was also a wonderful story teller. Had she lived, she would have gone on to be a successful novelist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 6/29/2010

    " Good read for more insight into the annex. This is writngs and stories from Anne herself. Have to admit I didn't finish. I got a little tired of it. I'll pick it up again, I just got bored. It's not as great as her diary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 4/4/2010

    " What a wonderful book. I recomend everyone read it. The fables and short stories are brilliant. It also shows her character as a person. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 11/11/2009

    " Little short stories that Anne Frank wrote about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lacie | 10/11/2009

    " Didn’t like this at all. She is always doing something behind her parent’s back. There is also some cursing and other inappropriate comments. I wouldn’t recommend it to others, and especially not to children! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherien | 8/31/2009

    " Honestly this book, was REALLY boring, It sorta repeats over and over and over and over. Blah, Blah , Blah. But the information was good I guess. I learned some Dutch from this book which was pretty cool. Well I guess this book was overall ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 7/5/2009

    " Anne Frank was obviously a very special girl with a life meant for great purpose. Her writing could be deeply sympathetic, and is full of simple wisdom. She was profound without trying to be impressive. I adored this book and loved the story of the flower girl best. It sticks with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenedi | 6/14/2009

    " It's great to learn about the history i never thought it would go this far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shamsh | 6/6/2009

    " Also moving and beautiful. Anne has a special place in my heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lulu! | 6/1/2009

    " This book is VERY weird specially the AUTHOR! "

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About the Author
Author Anne Frank

Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She and her family were persecuted alongside millions of Jews prior to and during World War II for their faith. It was during this period on her thirteenth birthday that she received a diary in which she wrote her life story. Forced to flee their home and go into hiding, the Frank family was eventually found and separated, with Anne and her sister Margot being placed in Bergen-Belsen. In 1945, years after their initial separation, it was discovered that both Anne and her sister were killed, leaving only her beloved diary behind.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.