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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
At the top!
not at all
The recording stops before the story is finished. :- /
I love the secret garden. The reader left a little to be desired. She didn't have authentic accents and at times the way she read bothered me.
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!
"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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