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Publisher's Summary

This is a collection meant to be cherished for a lifetime. Listeners set out with timid Mole as he explores the world, learning about courage and friendship through a series of misadventures with Rat, Toad, and Badger in The Wind in the Willows. From the River Bank, tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice to a madcap world where nonsense rules in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. From Victorian England, it's on to a small New England town in Little Women, where Jo March and her three sisters struggle to achieve their dreams amid the shifting roles of women in the Civil War era. Sent to live with her uncle, orphan Mary Lennox uncovers the mysteries of Misselthwaite Manor in The Secret Garden. Listeners then journey through the English countryside and London with a gentle, hardworking horse who experiences kindness and cruelty at the hands of different masters in Black Beauty.

Whether encountering these cherished tales for the first or the 50th time, listeners will find enchantment in this collection.

©2012 Julie Danielson (About the Author) (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Love this collection!

If you could sum up The Enchanted Collection in three words, what would they be?

Enchanting, inspiring, nostalgic

Any additional comments?

Guide for those looking for the specific chapters where each story begins:<br/>Chapter 1: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland<br/>Chapter 14: The Secret Garden<br/>Chapter 41: Black Beauty <br/>Chapter 91: The Wind in the Willows <br/>Chapter 104: Little Women

147 of 148 people found this review helpful

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No navigational help

What disappointed you about The Enchanted Collection?

There is no navigate to the stories and I couldn't find the beginning of little woman and each book is introduced as Alice in wonderland for some reason.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrators are great and the stories are classic.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Very soothing great to have a book read to at bed time again as an adult

What character would you cut from The Enchanted Collection?

None

Any additional comments?

It seems Amazon has deleted the audible reviews for the audiobook. It did have mane audible reviews but now the rating on this one relays on the Amazon rating for a regular paper book. Which does not help audiobook users.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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A charming collection

This classic collection did not disappoint. The brilliant narration added to the charm. The characters came to life marvelously and it was hard to turn off. Because of some of the language or vocabulary the book may be a little difficult to read but when it is read to you that doesn't seem to matter. Although I loved all the stories I particularly liked Black Beauty and Little Women. Buy this for yourself or the little girl in your life you won't regret it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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The Enchanted Collection from Audible

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The stories themselves are brilliant and the performers were very talented to bring these works to life. But, the combined 5 books are just chopped up willy nilly into 5 parts based on time. I would have preferred smaller files or larger files based on each book. For instance, why not stick the last few chapters of Black Beauty at the end of Part 2 and why not start Little Women with Chapter 1 in Part 4? That way, if I want to listen to a particular book in the collection, it would be easier to find it. <br/><br/>To help other listeners navigate this audio book, below is a rough outline of how the books are chopped up into each part:<br/>Part 1: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (entire story) proceeded by The Secret Garden (Chapters 1-18)<br/>Part 2: The Secret Garden (Chapter 19 - End) proceeded by Black Beauty (Chapters 1-47)<br/>Part 3: Black Beauty (Chapter 48 - End) proceeded by The Wind in the Willows (entire story) proceeded by Little Women (Chapters 1-5)<br/>Part 4: Little Women (Chapters 6-27)<br/>Part 5: Little Women (Chapter 28 - End)<br/><br/>This is how the audio book SHOULD have been divided up (if we were implement the minimum amount of changes to improve the navigation of the audio book):<br/>Part 1: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (entire story) proceeded by The Secret Garden (Chapters 1-18)<br/>Part 2: The Secret Garden (Chapter 19 - End) proceeded by Black Beauty (entire story)<br/>Part 3: The Wind in the Willows (entire story) <br/>Part 4: Little Women (Chapters 1-27)<br/>Part 5: Little Women (Chapter 28 - End)

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Love love love the Secret Garden! Great voices.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Enchanted Collection to be better than the print version?

Yes! For the Secret Garden at least, the narrator does such a fantastic job with the various accents. I have yet to listen to the rest of the collection, but my kids and I really enjoyed what we've heard so far.

Any additional comments?

I've been impressed with the quality; I had pretty low expectations for such a good deal on a compilation. I do wish the chapter titles gave some hint as to what story started where! With five stories; that's a lot of chapters to sort through! But really, it took just a few minutes to figure it out and make some bookmarks.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Incredible Value with Audible Membership

If you could sum up The Enchanted Collection in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, Exciting, Enchanting

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Loved the variety of narrators.

Any additional comments?

We of course love all these books, but as far as the narrator goes, our particular favorite is Wind in the Willows. He is fantastic & executes each voice with such skill. I only wish the chapters were better organized for ease of navigation.

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Perfect for bedtime!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Enchanted Collection to be better than the print version?

I loved the narrators and they gave so much character to these beloved children's stories. I loved these classics as a child and having them read to me before bedtime brings me back to a happy place.

What did you like best about this story?

The best thing about listening to this collection is absolutely hearing the true English language aloud. There is a noticeable absence of slang and modern speech and the language wasn't dumbed down for young audiences.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any of these narrators before.

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

I normally listen to 15-30 minutes of a book before bed on a timer but I found myself resetting the timer on many occasions just to hear a little more.

Any additional comments?

I highly, highly recommend this for adults who want to feel like a child again! I also recommend it for teens and children, if only to hear how beautiful English used to be!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great collection of stories

My daughter loves listening to audio books before she falls asleep at night. These have been wonderful. It is such a great collection of children's classics that are timeless. The secret garden has been her favorite and she has listened to that one many times already.

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Great Price for Great Classics

These are all done by different narrators and there isn't anything objectionable. These books are classics for reasons and I think that this collection is a great bargain!

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Great Narrator

This is a wonderful version for younger kids, and really brought it to life for us parents too.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Julia Brown
  • 07-09-14

Fantastic stories and value for money

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This book contains a collection of children's stories, all classics. I use this collection to help me relax and even sleep, and the gentle nature of the stories does just that. Obviously these are children's stories but they appeal to adults too. All the narrators do a great job and the length of the total collection makes it super value for money with just one credit.<br/>You can't go wrong.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • 08-05-15

Enchanted I was!

Excellent value for money. I particularly enjoyed Simon Vance's two readings of "Black Beauty" and "Wind in the Willows". His voice evokes so much beauty and wonder (as indeed do the stories).

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Dragonbadger
  • 09-30-17

5 brilliant books well read

This is a great collection and amazing value for one credit. It's only flaw is remedied here! The stories run into each other one after the other so a pain if you want a specific story and it's not the first! Here is the contents listing I made for ease:
Chapter 1
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Chapter 14
The Secret Garden

Chapter 41
Black Beauty

Chapter 91
The Wind in the Willows

Chapter 104
Little Women

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  • Susie
  • 12-28-16

very charming collection of the classic stories

Despite the difficulty in navigating, my daughter (at age 10) and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the books, so well read and expressed. I can't recommend the collection enough to those who want to enjoy the stories while busy (or not) doing things with their hands.

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  • Y. Jones
  • 08-04-17

Indeed a treasure

Where does The Enchanted Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ist rate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enchanted Collection?

Great performance, particularly enjoyed Simon Vance's Black Beauty, and Michael Page's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The voice of the narrators has been bringing a smile to my face, from time to time...

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

Black Beauty's great gentleness, despite his terrible circumstances...

Any additional comments?

The book, as a whole, is like a chicken soup, good and soothing to my mind and soul at times; refreshing and relaxing too. I was beaming, without realising...

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  • Deirdre Lynam
  • 07-25-17

childhood memories.....❤ loved them all😀

long but comforting...40 hours the ENCHANTED COLLECTION sories of my childhood.
how wonderful to have them all together😀

0 of 1 people found this review helpful