• The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

  • By: Anais Nin
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Lagelee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Diary of Anaïs Nin is the published version of Anaïs Nin's own private manuscript diary, which she began at age 11 in 1914 during a trip from Europe to New York with her mother and two brothers. Nin would later say she had begun the diary as a letter to her father, Cuban composer Joaquín Nin, who had abandoned the family a few years earlier.

Over the years, the diary would become Nin's best friend and confidante. Despite the attempts of her mother, therapists Rene Allendy and Otto Rank, and writer Henry Miller, to break Nin of her dependence on the diary, she would continue to keep a diary up until her death in 1977.

As early as the 1930s Nin had sought to have the diary published. Due to its size (in 1966, the diary contained more than 15,000 typewritten pages in some 150 volumes) and literary style, she would not find a publisher until 1966, when the first volume of her diary would be published, covering the years 1931 - 1934 in her life. The published version of her diary would be very popular among young women, making Nin a feminist icon in the 1960s. Six more volumes of her diary would follow.

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Obsessed!

This is the only way to read this book. This narrator is the best Nin narrator I've ever heard. Masterful job. Thank you!

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Amazing book. Performance sub par.

Such a beautiful work of art, and such a high pitched voice to distract from it. I really wish the narrator could focus on the story instead of the insanely exaggerated “french-accent” voice. It’s grating, and honestly I do not think I can finish this book audibly. Will buy it in print. It really is a masterpiece.

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Worst reading ever

The reader sounds weak and idiotic. It’s hard to even listen to. Over dramatic and whiny, whispy to the point of ridiculousness.

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  • 04-25-22

captures Nin’s musicality and spirit perfectly

I love Nin’s diaries, always so inspiring to read. Great to have on audio to put in my ear whenever I feel like it. Thanks audible or whoever decided to undertake the project. And I must say – perfect narrator – captures Nin’s musicality and spirit perfectly – very close to how she actually sounded.

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  • Cristina Schek
  • 08-01-21

Impossible narration

This book is too good to be ruined by the impossible narration, the tone is all wrong and terribly melodramatic, I can not focus on the writing one bit!

Please redo this book with one of the regular Anais Nin Journals narrators and I promise I will buy it! And I'm sure I'm not the only one. Thank you.