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The Secret Garden Audiobook

The Secret Garden

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This beautifully produced children's classic is narrated by the talented Josephine Bailey, whose voice is musical and elegant. This story of two lonely children finding happiness through their mutual delight in tending a neglected garden includes much dialogue, and Bailey transitions seamlessly from one character's voice to another. She easily distinguishes petulant Mary from fretful cousin Colin and captures the nuances of their wide-ranging, passionate emotions. Bailey's rendition of Colin's tantrum and the cousins' reconciliation is breathtaking. Her good-hearted Dicken, with his broad Yorkshire accent, and gruff Ben Weatherstaff are equally excellent. There are numerous productions of this story, but Bailey's is surely one of the best. Her sensitive narration makes every minute fly.

Publisher's Summary

When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. When Mary meets the old groundskeeper, he is the first to tell her what he thinks of her: "We was wove out of th' same cloth. We're neither of us good lookin' an' we're both of us as sour as we look. We've got the same nasty tempers, both of us, I'll warrant."

However, she soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden, locked shut since the death of her aunt 10 years earlier. Fate grants Mary access to the secret garden and she begins transforming it into a thing of beauty, unaware that she too is changing.

©2003 Tantor Media, Inc. Originally published 1911.

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    S. J. Montgomery Arizona, USA 02-14-13
    S. J. Montgomery Arizona, USA 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The audio adds so much!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Garden the most enjoyable?

    I am an old fan of the book, but listening to it was even better - the Yorkshire accents were a delight, and the confrontations between Mary and Colin made me laugh out loud! My kids (8 and 10) enjoyed it very much as well, and kept asking to turn it back on.


    What does Josephine Bailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved Josephine Bailey as a narrator. In particular, listening to the Yorkshire accent is much more pleasant than reading the "dialect" form in the book. I thought she did an excellent job, particularly with the children's voices.


    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Joe K. 10-18-08
    Joe K. 10-18-08
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    "Wow, what a great story!"

    I don't know how I missed reading this when I was young, but I sure am glad I finally did. This story, about 3 young children, is positively a must read. It is a wonderful example of the benefits of goodness. If you haven't already read it, please give it a try. If it's been a while since you read it, it's worth another read!
    The reader did a wonderful job.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. orlando FL 10-14-15
    L.W. orlando FL 10-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "really loved the yorkshire! perfect!"

    the narration was phenomenal and the yorkshire accent was wonderful! my daughter and I loved listening!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Villa Park, CA, USA 10-20-07
    Catherine Villa Park, CA, USA 10-20-07
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    "A magical getaway"

    It is undoubted that the book is a wonderful one. Burnett has an uncanny way of taking you into the mind of the characters so as to give you a full understanding of them. I also like that use of language isn't dull but isn't so extravagant that you stop believing that the story could be about a little girl. He uses just the right use of language when writing from behind each character's eyes.

    As for the narrator, I love her. Her crisp accent and gentle affliction in her voice makes you feel as if you could be a small child listening to a parent or teacher read to you as you lie on the rug in front of her. Her accent also adds to the ambiance of the story, with wonderful use of dialects and those learning dialects.

    I would recommend this book to anyone, young or old, looking for a magical getaway.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 06-16-09
    Christina Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 06-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyed it even more as an adult"

    This was one of my favorite stories growing up and I found a new level of enjoyment listening to it as an adult with my children. It's a beautiful story and sure to enthrall any child with its unusual characters and emphasis on nature. The reader is superb and we loved her Yorkshire accent. I found the book to be funnier than I remembered as a child - in part because it's read so well. When the book ended there was silence and misty-eyes all around.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ELLEN POAGE 04-04-16
    ELLEN POAGE 04-04-16 Member Since 2008
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    "The Secret Garden"

    I was looking for a simple story to listen to before bed. Remembering my mother reading this to me 50 years ago I chose it. I guess I had forgotten most of the story or as a child I could not appreciate the spiritual aspects of this novel because it seemed like more than a story about a garden reclaimed. It truly is magical. The reader fascinated me with her Yorkshire dialect. Also I learn a thing or two about gardening. It failed to help me fall asleep. Highly recommend this magical book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lela Roby 05-07-15
    Lela Roby 05-07-15
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    "Couldn't love it more"

    SO much better than the movies. lotened to it every day while I worked in mY garden. Delightful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "delightful listen"

    I read this book when I was a child, how lovely to revisit it in this format. Lush descriptions of simple joy and reminders that we all create the type of life we want, you have the power to change your perception merely by changing your thoughts.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 07-06-07
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 07-06-07 Member Since 2017

    Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.

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    "Excellent recording, beautiful story"

    This is one of my favorite books from childhood which has also become a favorite of my daughter's. We loved this recording to which we have listened several times as the narrator is terrific, reads at a perfect speed with excellent expression and really captures the beauty of the story and the characters. For anyone trying to interest a child in reading there are few authors who have remained as enchanting through so many generations as Frances Hodgson Burnett!

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    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 06-28-16
    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 06-28-16 Member Since 2010

    As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.

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    "Reminded me of the total joy of childhood secrets"

    I recently watched the film of The Secret Garden with my young daughter, and found myself as completely absorbed by the story as she was. A young orphan shipped off to live in a 100 room castle, surrounded by walled gardens and endless moorland? This is the perfect fertile ground for any adventure. Wanting more I decided to pick up this well-rated book and was drawn in immediately - and though I knew the story already I found it to be remarkably suspenseful. So while my book lover's heart is mildly ashamed that it was the movie that brought me to this one, I'm so glad it did. You don't have to be a child to enjoy this - or a parent for this matter. If you've ever yourself been a child who harbored an all-consuming secret, you will find yourself swept up in this tale. I can't imagine anyone not liking this book!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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