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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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    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?

    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.

    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
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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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