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
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.
Burnett yes, McGee no.
I have loved this story since childhood!
Almost anyone. The narration is what I could not handle. Mostly her repetitive emphasis style.
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.
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.
The story! It's a classic for a reason.
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.
Anyone who can enjoy listening to a book read by the worst narrator EVER.
The story is a good story; I read it as a child.
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.
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.
"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.
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