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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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    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-09-13
    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.

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    "Shockingly bad narration"

    I gave up on this version half-way through Chapter 4. The narration by Victoria McGee was horrendous. Like other reviewers, I was instantly reminded of Apple’s automaton Siri. Despite this reaction, I decided to persist. But when the character of Martha Sowerby was introduced in Chapter 4, McGee launches the most ludicrous, inauthentic Yorkshire accent I’ve ever heard. It was comedic in its dreadfulness.

    It was so bad; I instantly switched it off and succumbed to my curiosity – I Googled the narrator. Everything else I heard from McGee was so different (i.e. fantastic) I can only assume this is a terrible and unfortunate anomaly from an otherwise talented voice-artist.

    I’ve just purchased another version, with a different narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda HOMESTEAD, FL, United States 12-01-12
    Linda HOMESTEAD, FL, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book but the reader sounded robot like."
    If you could sum up The Secret Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Great Classic Read!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Garden?

    I love Ms Mary. She has an awesome spirit!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I understand that the language itself was probably hard to do, but the performer I thought was very robot-like and just didn't sound right. Almost like a new reader in grade school. That's a bummer because I think sometimes that can make or break an audio book. Good for the author the storyline was wonderful! As expected in a classic!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love it when Ms Mary tells Collin off for being a bratt


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jamesina LAKEPORT, CALIFORNIA, United States 09-12-13
    Jamesina LAKEPORT, CALIFORNIA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2003
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    "A classic book, but it the narration is awful"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love this story, and have reread it many times, but I cannot recommend this audio version. The narrator is robotic and reminds me strongly of Siri. Unfortunately the stilted narration takes away from the enjoyment of the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more emotional narrator!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 07-03-14
    Melissa 07-03-14
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    "The narrator ruins it."
    What disappointed you about The Secret Garden?

    I love this story, but the narrator was appalling. My little girl and I have been listening to it, and she still likes it, but it's a wonder she cares for the story at all with such lifeless and robotic narration, with a very odd rhythm to her reading too. I'm about to abandon listening to it because it's that bad. Plus, by rights, an English story should have an English narrator to do it full justice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Garden?

    My shock at the narration from minute one!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment only because of the narration. It's a marvelous book.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor, and get a different copy with a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13
    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Favorite"

    This was my favorite children's book. I remember carrying my copy of it around until it fell to pieces. I think every little girl should have a chance to fall in love with Mary, Collin and Dicken.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 Bayard, NM, United States 04-23-14
    amber Bayard, NM, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2011
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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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    S. Myers Brooklyn 03-22-14
    S. Myers Brooklyn 03-22-14 Member Since 2009
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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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    Susan California 03-14-14
    Susan California 03-14-14 Member Since 2013

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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 SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-12-13
    jennifer SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    "Disappointed by the narrator"

    This is a wonderful book which I have read twice before. I was eager to hear it as an audiobook. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the narrator's voice. I found the choice of an American narrator an odd choice for this classic English story. More than that, I found Victoria McGee's voice stilted, almost like the voice of a telephone announcer. I was so put off that I have only listened to the beginning of the audiobook. I intend to try again, but I was very disappointed that I found the narrator so hard to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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