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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 12-01-12
    Linda 12-01-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    JJ 09-12-13
    JJ 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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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 2014
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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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    Tom knox 09-01-15
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    "Smiling peacefully"

    As a man 39 1/2 years old I've never read the story. A lump in my throat and imagination running with new wick as the story comes to an end. It's a story and feeling I hope to not soon forget.. Thank you!

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    Mitchell Joe 08-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring !"

    I fell asleep 3 times !
    I did not like anything about it .
    Just really boring

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    M. Jacobson 07-18-15
    M. Jacobson 07-18-15
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    "Disappointing reading of a favorite story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved this book as a kid and bought it to re-read before seeing the musical/play. The woman reading it speaks clearly, but "broad Yorkshire" accents are crucial to the spirit of the story and totally missing from the narrator's range.


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

    Only if she doesn't have to do anything other than an American female's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JJohns SLC, UT 06-18-15
    JJohns SLC, UT 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not this version


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

    My daughter said that she strongly disliked the narrator. She wouldn't listen to this version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SARA 04-25-15
    SARA 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    I love the secret garden!! It is very well written,and the reader does a very good job!!!! Read it

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    Gingins, Switzerland
    6/2/12
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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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