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The Secret Garden | [Frances Hodgson Burnett]

The Secret Garden

Mary, unloved and selfish, finds friendship and happiness helping her neurotic, invalid cousin become strong and healthy. Nature's powerful magic touches both children as they toil to revive their secret garden. The story alludes to some very modern themes including the ability of mental beliefs to create health, the strength of group optimism, and the restorative power of nature.
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Publisher's Summary

Mary, unloved and selfish, finds friendship and happiness helping her neurotic, invalid cousin become strong and healthy. Nature's powerful magic touches both children as they toil to revive their secret garden. The story alludes to some very modern themes including the ability of mental beliefs to create health, the strength of group optimism, and the restorative power of nature.

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What the Critics Say

"A blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." (The New York Times)

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    Laurie Millersville, MD, USA 01-24-06
    Laurie Millersville, MD, USA 01-24-06 Member Since 2010
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    "This reading spoiled me"

    This is an awesome reading of this great book! It was the first of many audible books we got for the kids and the narration of this book is the gold standard by which I judge all other narrators. Each time we listen to it I am absolutely carried away from the traffic and worries of my day and I am there in the garden on a cloudy day in earliest spring looking to see if the rose canes are wick. I see the nurse smirking, feel the warmth of Mrs. Sowerby's hug and want to offer Ben Weatherstaff some hot tea. The children are as vivid as the ones in my van, but the ones behind me are quiet and listening intently.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brea, CA, USA 02-22-03
    Sharon Brea, CA, USA 02-22-03
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    "5 stars for this version of"

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I think that the narrator does a really good job. It was nice listening to this story that mostly took place in England, read by a woman with an English accent. The narrator did a notably great job with the accents that Dicken and Martha had. I felt like the narrator was like a grandmother reading to me. I greatly recommend this audio verson of "The Secret Garden"!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict San Francisco, CA, USA 12-20-04
    Benedict San Francisco, CA, USA 12-20-04
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    "A valuable classic for children and parents"

    The Secret Garden is truly a classic, written more than a hundred years ago. I think all young people and their parents should read or listen to this book and be familiar with the author?s philosophical points, which are: what you think is what you are, and will become if you are not careful; that one can examine one?s own character flaws and correct them so that life is better; and that positive thoughts and feelings bring the best result. The grandest point is that working this ?magic? with self and others can create unintended good effects a thousand miles away.

    I believe the story and the points of view of Mary and Colin are important talking points between adults and children. They could be watchwords between parents and their children all the way to 18 years of age when discussing personal behavior. The reason is that Mary and Colin are objective and can be discussed as a third party instead of blame and shame between a parent and child. In the book, adults and children were polite to each other, at the last even under stress.

    Is it not odd that you want a child to listen to this book and be influenced by it; and that you let a child watch smash-mouth cartoons Saturday morning and hope they will not be influenced by the astonishing violence and shallow characterizations?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Book for the Heart even though I am an adult. It is a classic on a par with Alice and Wonderland, which is another book I really like.

    The reading of The Secret Garden was wonderfully done, though the sound of the characters Mary and Colin sounded authentic but made my ears arch sometimes.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 06-21-15
    Amanda 06-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful story"

    The story is incredible! I like the narrator as well. The audio was a little scratchy sometimes though.

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    MARCUS VINICIUS GASQUES 06-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful story"
    If you could sum up The Secret Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful story about friendship and love of nature that the enthusiastic optimism comes not to spoil.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No, the quality of interpretation varies widely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 06-08-15
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 06-08-15
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    "A favorite story"

    This is one of my favorite classic tales. A story of a how a person can grow and change, with the strength of love behind them. The joys of childhood imagination, freedoms and fresh air, of keeping secrets.

    The narrator of this story brought the world of the secret garden to life, a place you could see in your mind as you listened, a place you could go to in your imagination if you closed your eyes. She brought back the childhood joys the book speaks too.

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    Amazon Customer 05-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful story for all ages "

    A wonderful beautifully written story of childhood magic and the beauty of friendship. My 7 year old fell in love with it and I, a new love. Worth the credit and time it took to share it with her.

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    Roberta Salzburg, Austria 02-27-15
    Roberta Salzburg, Austria 02-27-15 Member Since 2010

    ...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...

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    "Wekl read old fashioned story"

    This unabridged version is quite delightful. I heard the abridged version read by Helena Bonham Carter but it was too short, too much was missing. This version is complete, and very well read. Unfortunately the sound is inconsistent, often too quiet at the beginnings of chapters, but aside from that I heartily enjoyed it!

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    Demetra 11-18-08
    Demetra 11-18-08 Member Since 2006
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    "cute story"

    Even though this is a kids book I really enjoyed it. Cute little story, great narrator and nice change from serious books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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