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The Secret Garden | [Frances Hodgson Burnett]

The Secret Garden

Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach. A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.
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Publisher's Summary

Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin, whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach.

A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.

(P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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    Lupita 02-19-15
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    "Loved it...."

    My daughters love the story. They Didn't want to stop listening to it. Great ending. It left us having great discussions about character and seeing things differently. A reference to go back to.

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    Amazon Customer SF, California 01-29-15
    Amazon Customer SF, California 01-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    Epic

    I loved the part when Mary and Collin were fighting.
    The narrator was to the core and interesting. Aweeeeesomeeeeeeeee

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    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 12-26-14
    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 12-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Dissappointed"
    Would you try another book from Frances Hodgson Burnett and/or Victoria McGee?

    Burnett yes, McGee no.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have loved this story since childhood!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Victoria McGee?

    Almost anyone. The narration is what I could not handle. Mostly her repetitive emphasis style.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The novel it self is AMAZING. One of my favorite stories of all time. I wanted to listen to it over the holiday, but couldn't get past the narration.


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    Sherry 10-28-14
    Sherry 10-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, but not narrated well"
    Would you try another book from Frances Hodgson Burnett and/or Victoria McGee?

    I would read another book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I would not however listen to another book narrated by Victoria McGee. If it weren't that the story was so good, I would have stopped listening because of the narration. Very stiff and, no personality.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Victoria McGee’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


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    Eleanor 08-05-14
    Eleanor 08-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful book and pretty good narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Garden the most enjoyable?

    The story! It's a classic for a reason.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Mary and Colin. Despite the fact that they start out as entirely unlikable characters, the relationship transforms them and in the process makes the reader care deeply for them.


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    amber 04-23-14
    amber 04-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Robot Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who can enjoy listening to a book read by the worst narrator EVER.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story is a good story; I read it as a child.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Victoria McGee’s performances?

    NEVER AGAIN. She is the worst narrator. I mistakenly bought this book without checking to see if she narrated. Much to my dismay, she did. I learned my lesson after not being able to listen to another of the books she does. I will make sure to never buy a book that she narrates.


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    SLM Brooklyn 03-22-14
    SLM Brooklyn 03-22-14
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    "Not this version!"

    This is one of my childhood favorites, but do yourself a favor and buy one of the other versions. This narrator does her very best to kill this wonderful book.

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    Skipper 03-14-14
    Skipper 03-14-14

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    "Change your mind, change your life"

    "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.

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    jennifer 03-12-13
    jennifer 03-12-13
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    "The narrator's voice is droll and monotone."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 01-08-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 01-08-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Sweet Classic"
    Where does The Secret Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reinforces the power of positive thinking and resiliency of children who have suffered loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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