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The Secret Garden Audiobook

The Secret Garden

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When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. But this lonely girl's life is transformed when she finds the key to the secret garden.

Public Domain (P)2016 Essential Audiobooks LLC

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    LilMissMolly 07-13-17

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    "Outstanding Update to Beloved Classic!"
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    The audiobook of the Secret Garden narrated by Pearl Hewitt is an outstanding and much needed update to the children’s classic. Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911, it tells the tale of Mary who is orphaned after her parents are both killed by cholera in India. She travels to Yorkshire to live at her much absent uncle's estate. Always thought of as a troublesome and sickly girl, Mary thrives in the Yorkshire Moors and surrounding gardens, with the help of a grouchy gardener, a robin, and one of the servant’s younger brothers. <br/><br/>Listening to this again after reading it about 30 years ago, I’m reminded how gothic it feels in parts. For example, Mary frequently hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. Is this a ghost, her uncle, or just the sound of the wind rolling through the Moors? [I couldn’t help but remember the mysterious sounds that Jane Eyre hears in Thornfield]. About half-way through the book, we discover the sound is from Mary’s invalid cousin, Collin. Obviously spoiled like a prince with frequent temper-tantrums, Collin orders everyone about and staff walk on pins and needles around him. Mary takes none of it and puts him in his place. She challenges him to go outside with her and let the magic of the gardens and nature heal his soul (and body). The ending is one of the best written ever!<br/><br/>Pearl Hewitt did an absolutely outstanding job narrating this book. She provided distinct and consistent voices for all characters, young and old. She has a spunk and sassiness in her readings that make listening very enjoyable. Brava!<br/>

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    HeatherY 07-12-17
    HeatherY 07-12-17 Member Since 2013

    Devourer of fantasy and romance, lover of all things fiction!

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    "Wonderfully Narrated Classic"

    The Secret Garden is the story of Mary Lennox, a disagreeable child orphaned when her parents die of cholera. She's sent to Yorkshire to live with her uncle in a house with a hundred locked rooms and a mysterious locked garden.

    This timeless classic really needs no introduction, it's a wonderful story that has been enjoyed by generations. It has something for everyone, a bit of gothic mystery, a coming of age journey, descriptive passages for a poet's soul, and the charming characters that make it such a classic children's tale. It even spells out the power of positive thinking like any best-selling self help book.

    I think what I love best about this book is watching the two neglected little children, starved for love and attention, find happiness in their garden. One of my favorite scenes is when Martha buys Mary the skipping rope. The fact that someone thought of her, remembered her, and bought her something is just so foreign to Mary. It's a subtle scene that really shows how unloved she's been all her life, and how much such tiny things matter to a child.

    I don't remember the first time I read The Secret Garden, but I do remember receiving my first hardback copy. I refused to open my other Christmas presents and just sat there looking at the beautiful illustrated pages. Listening to this version brought back that feeling. There's just something special about audiobooks, the narration, if well done, can bring the book to life. Pearl Hewitt manages to do just that. She has the perfect accent for the book, and her regular speaking voice is so pleasant. She performs the Yorkshire accents well and gives each speaker a distinct voice. In the beginning, Mary is unpleasant, and her speaking voice reflects that, but it becomes more warm as Mary herself changes. It was really skillfully done. I received a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I will definitely be listening to this one again.

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    Novel Freak 07-29-17
    Novel Freak 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    This audibook is great ! It's A Lovely Classic Book !This book didn't disappoint.Audiobook read by Pearl is awesome !

    Book teaches that live is not all about you and that people are just people.

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    Andrea San Jose, CA 06-07-17
    Andrea San Jose, CA 06-07-17
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    "Magnificent adventure in to an old favorite"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    When I think about classics stories like "The Secret Garden", I'm reminded of my childhood and how reading these books when I was young made me feel, how they captivated my imagination and how I envisioned the world and characters in my head. "The Secret Garden" is very precious to me as I loved it dearly as a child and I honestly was nervous upon first getting this audiobook. Would it live up to my childhood expectations? Would the narrator really be able to get inside the characters and breathe life into them so wholly that I could see them in my mind's eye without distraction? <br/><br/>The answer is yes to all. Pearl Hewitt's narration was simply superb. Honestly, there isn't one thing bad I can say about it. It's obvious she's a true Brit and her Yorkshire accent was so charming. Her narration was softly narrated like a Mary Poppins telling me a bedtime story with such grace and care for the story and the characters but also not afraid to inflect emotion and excitement when warranted. My favorite thing about Pearl's narration though was how she truly captured Mary, Mary, quite contrary! Such a curious child, so petulant at first, but the narrator is able to capture Mary's growth as she discovers there is more to this boring house than she once thought and more to herself than she once knew. That the garden and others she has met is filled with secrets. <br/><br/>The audio quality was very good and I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who would listen. I would not be surprised if I listened to it again.


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    Rosemary Benson 05-27-17
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    "Wonderful!"

    Come back to this classic with the lovely and expressive voice of Pearl Hewitt. Touching and charming telling of a timeless story. Highly recommended!

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    Kathleen C. 05-01-17
    Kathleen C. 05-01-17 Member Since 2016

    A veteran teacher currently retired, revitalizing hobbies, exploring writing, reading, and collaborating with Kings River Life magazine.

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    "A Reenergized Classic with a "Pearl" of a Voice!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Garden to be better than the print version?

    YES! Pearl Hewitt is an extraordinary artist. I am not one to reread books; once you know the ending, repeating the journey isn’t as engaging for me. However, when a classic favorite is produced on audio narrated by my favorite voice artist Pearl Hewitt, then I am very eager to repeat my experience. To HEAR the characters adds to their personality: Mary's youthful impertinence, well, let's say it...rudeness, but the softening in her manner can be "heard;" Martha the maid's soft tone--excellent Yorkshire? accent; the delightful children Dickon and Colin, each personality enhanced by Pearl's interpretation; and Mrs. Medlock...whoa, she's scary! Along with that to HEAR the emotions, to HEAR the joy, the fear, the delight...I was never able to 'read' it like that. Pearl gave me a renewed enjoyment...


    What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

    Pearl Hewitt definitely enriched my experience with “The Secret Garden” making it like a new journey. Her artistry brings to life the various characters through her interpretation of their British accents: young Mary sounds different from the maid's son Dikon, Mrs. Medlock's and Martha Sowerby's attitudes can actually be heard. She is extremely talented to bring those characters to life...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...I am very familiar with the story, but Pearl's voice was mesmerizing. The emotions and characters were all so enjoyable...I couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    Pearl Hewitt narrates the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series by H.Y. Hanna. There are currently three books of a six-book series, and strangely...spooky even, as I read book 6 myself, I could hear Pearl in my head... It was good to say I had voices in my head. Pearl is excellent. I highly recommend listening to books she narrates.

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    MaryfromCT 04-29-17
    MaryfromCT 04-29-17
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    "Narrator is marvelous."

    A timeless story, beautifully read. Pearl Hewitt has just the right emotional tone. She makes each character come alive.

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    szyqbriteyes 04-22-17
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    "Magical story, winsome narration."

    Narrator Pearl Hewitt does an incredible job narrating this classic story. Who knew such disagreeable children could be so likable? The battle between the contrary Mary and spoiled Colin had me laughing out loud. The characters, beautifully drawn, were skillfully voiced. Lovely, lovely book.

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    Clarice M. Kell 04-13-17
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    "Most Delightful Read"
    What did you love best about The Secret Garden?

    The message of what the human spirit and love can do to change a person's life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all the details. When a scene was described I could almost see it with my own eyes. This was a wonderful part of listening to this story.


    Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favorite?

    Mary


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

    The moment when Colin realized he was not going to die (just because the others had said so).


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much in this story for children to learn about life, love and relationships. Also the power to believe in themselves and that nothing is impossible, no matter what negative things are being said.

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    6/22/17
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    "Unabridged"

    The story is of course beautiful! Our family children aged, 4,6&8 thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.

    We enjoyed the narrator, her Yorkshire accent was a lovely bonus. We would have given it five stars if it wasn't for the music accompanying each chapter. We found the music both annoying and unnecessary.

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