I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
This is a very sweet story about children overcoming adversity inspired by a garden. I don't know as I could have finished this book had I read it but it was easy to listen to. While slow in spots and quite predictable it was a pleasant little read.
I loved the scene where Mary, a young girl who was a main character in the book, got very angry with the young master, Colin, who was having a tantrum and yelled at him. Her strong message was the beginning of Colin's rebirth as a healthy child.
This book reinforces the power of positive thinking and resiliency of children who have suffered loss.
Such a lovely tale, gothic and romantic, with echoes of the Brontës throughout. Like all excellent children's books, it is a joy to read as an adult.
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The recording stops before the story is finished. :- /
I love the secret garden. The reader left a little to be desired. She didn't have authentic accents and at times the way she read bothered me.
The story line and characters of The Secret Garden are pure and uplifting. It is refreshing to feel the unfolding of a simple but compelling tale.
I liked Colin and his awakening the most.
Mary's spoiled and obstinate early personality was very well portrayed by Victoria.
You might find yourself in The Secret Garden!
This is an uplifting story but very predictable and there are many instances that
stretch your believabliy. Very goody, goody.
Yes, it was very easy to listen to.
Didn't connect with any of the characters.
A message of the power of positive thinking.
The narration falls far beneath Jim Weiss reading Beatrix Potter or Just So Stories, but the appeal of the story and its characters was very strong for my children.
The Secret Garden, a sad and tragic tale in the beginning, contains such memorable characters that the children couldn't wait to see what happened to them.
Her management of the different accents was acceptable, but in general the story telling quality of her voice was lacking. I found it noticeably awkward and distracting, but the children, the intended audience, once they became interested in the story, didn't seem to mind at all.
This is a completely irrelevant question.
I bought this quickly one day before an long car trip. There were several unabridged versions available and I bought the cheapest one. It might have been worth it to buy a more expensive version as the narration was the only thing lacking in this purchase.
I bought this audible book for something gentle and safe to listen to when I was away from home. It is a classic, and a reliable delight. The story and the characters dwell in my mind for weeks after - like old friends revisited.
Unfortunately for me, I think this was recorded for north American listeners; the reader's American accent was gentle to listen too, but her interpretation of a Yorkshire accent was distracting.
Still worth while!