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The Secret Garden | [Frances Hodgson Burnett]

The Secret Garden

Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. With the help of a robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden brings happiness to Mary.
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Publisher's Summary

Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. There, she meets a hearty housekeeper and her spirited brother, a dour gardener, a cheerful robin, and her willful, hysterical, and sickly cousin, Master Colin.

With the help of the robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden, coming to life anew, brings health to Colin - and to Mary, happiness.

(P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It will rapt most children away, for after fifty years, its spell is still as strong; a blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Dixie St, Louis 03-25-10
    Dixie St, Louis 03-25-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Cynical old bag loved it"

    I'm in my 50s, but had never read this classic. (Saw the film and Broadway version). My usual taste is non-fiction or Ruth Rendell and other contemporary mysteries/thrillers. I LOVED IT! Beautifully written, full of insight into human nature and appropriate/inspiring for all ages. Go for it. Especially for a time when you need a good healthy dose of hope.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Essex Junction, VT, United States 01-24-10
    Erica Essex Junction, VT, United States 01-24-10 Member Since 2015
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    "As good as it used to be"

    On a whim I downloaded The Secret Garden for a road trip. I read it 20 years ago and loved the story, but like all things over time I had forgotten the context of the story. It was such a joy of re-discovery to go back to the Yorkshire Moors and the secret garden. The narration was superb which added to the magic of the classic story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Redding, CA, United States 08-31-09
    David Redding, CA, United States 08-31-09
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    "Great Book"

    I wish I had read this as a kid, but my school did not require much reading at all and that which was required was usually photocopied and stapled together. A sad affair, I know, however this book was wonderful, fun and made my laugh and feel great over and over again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-27-11
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2012
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    "An Old Story, But Wonderful"

    I never read this as a child, but should have. To me, the true test of a children's story is whether it appeals across the generations. This one does. As much as it is another variation on an old theme (children, in their simpleness, being smarter than adults in helping others, such as Pollyanna), it is worth reading.

    The narration was adequate. Her children voices were not the best, but all others were terrific. Talking "in broad Yorkshire" was enchanting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Olivia 04-28-10
    Olivia 04-28-10
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    "Wonderful!"

    Excellent reading. Love it. Buy a new copy everytime the last one wears out

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 11-08-12
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    "Glad we chose this narrator"
    Would you listen to The Secret Garden again? Why?

    It was fun to listen to someone else read this book. I have read it many times, but had never heard the correct "yorkshire" pronunciation. The "yorkshire" is important to the book, and my experience of this book was greatly enhanced by hearing it. Reading the book can be difficult (especially for a child) because of the dialect, listening to it made all the difference.

    There were so many narrators to choose from, so my 10 year old and I listened to sample after sample to narrow it down to this version. I know the story well, but the 10 year old had not read it. We could hardly stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In this story skinny, cranky, unlovable Mary meets spoiled, sad Collin and through their relationship with each other, and a few down-to-earth friends, heal themselves by turning their attention outward to nature. I love how the children are able to help each other, instinctively figure out what is good and healthy, and keep such a wonderful and important secret safe until they can reveal it to those who are most precious to them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scene in the secret garden when Collin stands up and walks and the gardener Ben cries.


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

    When they sang the Doxology I was very moved.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 11-27-11
    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "ENJOYABLE"

    This is a very endearing story and I would highly recommend it. A book for children and adults alike. I hated to see it end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Walters 07-16-12 Member Since 2015

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    "A very good listen!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Garden again? Why?

    Yes because it was a good story, simple yet not too simple, and very optimistic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary, she started off as a little brat, but became more and more loveable as the story progressed.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Ward – was your favorite?

    None really, though she did a ok job with all the characters, I just didn't have a favorite. I did however like the general narration. But if I had to choose a character I would say Mary or Dickon.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I seen the movie awhile back, so I kind of knew a little about it, and wasn't really suprised by anything, plus it doesn't really have any Oh dang.. moments. Though the book is a little different than the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall good story and well produced, the only very little complaint I have about it is the album art work for it. It came in a little fuzzy (I have the 4th generation Ipod), and it just annoyed me a little bit, but please don't let that stop you from getting this audiobook. I wouldn't use a credit on it though, since a credit cost more than the book, I just bought the book itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cooper & Carter Levine 02-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow amazing perfect 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍"

    I have never heard such an awesome book before in my life wow just wow I wish there was another book

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    Amazon Customer 02-11-15
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    "Awesome work!"

    Everyone should read this book with this great message. The narrator was incredibly talented. Loved it! Classic Law of Attraction.

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  • SarahLJ
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    9/3/14
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    "Loved it"

    I first saw the film years ago when I was a child. I loved it then, but I'd never read the book. I'm glad that I have, the film and the book (from what I remember if the film) follow closely with each other. I really enjoyed reading this and the audible version is great too. A real classic that I will be sure to read again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rowlands Gill, United Kingdom
    10/13/13
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    "enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Garden to be better than the print version?

    My son was reading this at school and did not understand it so we got the audio and the whole family listened and really enjoyed the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    7/26/15
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    "Wonderful hearing this well loved story come alive"
    If you could sum up The Secret Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, reminiscent, endearing.


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

    The final chapter when Archibald Craven has his 'awakening' travelling in Europe.


    What about Johanna Ward’s performance did you like?

    The accents and tone of voice were right for the different characters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It certainly made me smile several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this as a child. Listening to it as an adult (in my 40s) brought much of my first reading back to me. A joyful experience listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "As great as I remembered!!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Garden again? Why?

    Yes, it was as great a listen as I remembered it being a great read many years ago. I remember reading the book as a child and not being able to put it down until I had finished it. I wondered if it would still be the same for me now. It was!!!!!!!!!! how great. It took me straight back to my childhood, and it was wonderful. I had to keep listening to the very end.


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  • Luke
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    "Loved it"

    One of my favourite books and have listened to it 2 times with in 2 years I recommend it to anyone

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  • Kay
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    "great children's story"

    very engaging story for children (and adults!). Beautifully written. The narrators tone was a little harsh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha A. G. Turner
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    "Brilliant!"

    A beautiful story with lovely connotations of the magic of life and how we can transform ourselves if we so wish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs A
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    2/10/15
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    "Excellent!"

    Read it as a child and wanted to see if it 'felt' the same as an adult.... it did! Just as magical and wonderful as j remembered!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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