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Publisher's Summary

Since its original publication in 1911, The Secret Garden has ranked as one of the world's best-loved novels, captivating children and adults alike with its luminous tale of secrets and revelations, growth and renewal, and, above all, the transforming power of love.
©1993 Warner Brothers (P)1993 Penguin/HighBridge Audio

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  • Roberta
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • 10-05-12

Very abridged, but wonderfully read

I bought this version behause it was narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and I truly enjoyed listening to her reading of it. Only too late did I discover that the book was abridged, and very drastically so. The main points of the story are all there, but not much more. This is the reason for the low story score. So much of the magic is gone, of Colin's development into a normal boy, of the transformation of the garden. It was a good reminder of the original book, but not nearly enough.

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Classic!

One of my favorite stories of all time! It was narrated beautifully and colorful language!

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Great narration and a classic story

What did you love best about Secret Garden?

The innocence in the children's relationships, and the garden's beauty and it's magics.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character has always been Dickon.

Any additional comments?

I love everything about this audio-book except when I ordered it, I didn't pay much attention and didn't realize it was the abridged version! I love this narrator, but I have yet to find her narrating the unabridged version yet. If I do find her, her version would definitely be the one I buy.

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  • jb
  • Plano, TX United States
  • 02-20-14

An ageless story

I've read this book every few years since I was 11. A brilliant and beautiful story about childhood, nature and belief. Always makes me want to run away to the moor.

Helena Bonham Carter does a lovely job reading. Adore HBC more now than ever.

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Love it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Secret Garden to be better than the print version?

I love to read but the voice actor does such a great job I definitly loved this version better!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved little mary, I've know many girls like her.

Have you listened to any of Helena Bonham Carter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I've seen her and movies, she is wonderful!

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

No but I've read this story many times so I know what to expect.

Any additional comments?

I Love this story, simple and sweet.

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even better than the movie!

I've loved this story ever since I was a little girl. I was delighted to see it on audio book, and struggled with which one to buy. I am glad to say I am not dissapointed. I loved it!

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Wonderful!

Wonderful and quick listen! HBC is a great narrator. Comes to life very well! loved it!

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Wonderful

Fantastic narration. Made the story come alive. Such an enjoyable version of a classic story

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Great Narraator

I love Helena Bonham Carter she's an amazing narrator. I have other audios but this one is my ultimate favorite.

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Most Beautifully Read Book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mary - We loved her transformation.

What does Helena Bonham Carter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Helena Bonham Carter read this book so beautifully. We were as much entranced by the story as we were her narration. It was just lovely to listen to and we were so sad when it was over.

Any additional comments?

My girls (9 & 10) loved this book more than any audio book we've listened to thus far. A great story and a fabulous performance. They asked me to please find more stories read by the same narrator! Not sure what I can find to top this one. I'd highly recommend this one.