"Our thoughts shape our world" pretty much sums up this book. The Secret Garden reminded me strongly of Heidi, The Little Princess, and -- to some extent -- Anne of Green Gables. It's an uplifting children's classic, set in Yorkshire, 1910. Good character development, inspirational and motivational messages, credible kid dialogue, and a few mysteries. Granted, the author pushes the power of positive thinking, fresh air, exercise, and Mother Nature a lot, but no harm done. At least she avoids pious judgmentalism. Plus, I adored Dickon, the young animal whisperer.
Good performance by Victoria McGee. She made it easy to differentiate between characters, and her voice is pleasant.
Some parts got repetitive and slow, but not too bad, and being a word nerd, I enjoyed the strong Yorkshire accent and the archaic vocabulary, including "wick" (alive), etc. This book inspired me to work in my garden and to nurture my soul.
My only strong quibble is with Archibald Craven. His happy ending was too pat, too sudden, and -- well -- undeserved. Out of self-pity at the death of his beloved wife, for ten years he abandoned his poor little infant son. Collin knew fear, loneliness, and dreadful misery. Excerpt:
"He was a man who for ten years had kept his mind full of dark and heartbroken thinking. He had not been courageous. He had never tried to put any other thoughts in the place of the dark ones. He had wandered by blue lakes, and thought them. He had lain on mountainsides with sheets of deep blue gentians blooming all around him, and thought them. A terrible sorrow had fallen upon him...and he had let his soul fill itself with blackness and had refused obstinately to allow any rift of light to pierce through. He had forgotten and deserted his home and his duties."
I needed to see Archie work for it a little.
The book is a classic and a wonderful story which is why I bought it for my daughter. The story is captivating and not written as a childs book and yet is so appealing to children.
the narrator is awful. Her voice is monotone and devoid of emotion which is kind of important since the characters in this book are so rich and expressive. I can't beleive this was the choice for a narrator. The first audible book I bought for my daughter was the Tale of Desperaux which had an awsome narrator. Buy it if you haven't already--it won't disappoint.
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.
At the top!
not at all
The recording stops before the story is finished. :- /
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!
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.