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
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
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.
Great Classic Read!
I love Ms Mary. She has an awesome spirit!
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!
I love it when Ms Mary tells Collin off for being a bratt
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.
A more emotional narrator!
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.
My shock at the narration from minute one!
In every way.
Disappointment only because of the narration. It's a marvelous book.
Do yourself a favor, and get a different copy with a different narrator.
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.
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.
"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.
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