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The Secret Garden

Narrated by: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Read by actress, singer, blogger and author Carrie Hope Fletcher, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s delightful novel The Secret Garden is given new life. Delve in to the tranquil world of Burnett’s story as you follow the journey of her young protagonist, Mary Lennox, on her journey through her childhood. First published in 1911, the novel is a much-cited ‘classic’ of English children’s literature. It is, however, as much for adults as for anyone else. An uplifting and light-hearted listen, this is the ideal summer escape. 

Mary Lennox starts her life as an unhappy victim of circumstance. After the loss of her parents, she moves to rural Yorkshire to live with a distant uncle where she resents the wildness of the countryside. At first, she struggles to find a place in this new existence. Although unsure about her surroundings and its occupants, through the gentle guidance of the maid she gradually becomes interested in the story of Mrs Craven who apparently used to spend her time in a garden at the house, the key to which has vanished. Mary makes it her quest to find and explore the possibilities it holds. Her journey sees her change, befriending a host of loveable characters as the garden begins to cast its spell on her. 

About the author

Born in 1849, Burnett moved to America in 1865 where she would live, on and off, for the rest of her life. She was well travelled, living in Paris for a few years before buying a house in England (where she wrote The Secret Garden) and finally moving to New York. She is best known for her children’s novels such as Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess but was also a prodigious writer of adult fiction. It is this, which perhaps explains how she was able to merge and cater for both audiences with such success in The Secret Garden

About the narrator

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an award-winning actress, best-selling author, musical theatre star and social media influencer. Carrie has starred in Les Misérables, and Heathers on London’s West End and is author to four best-selling books: All I Know Now, On the Other Side, All That She Can See and When The Curtain Falls, her next title is called In The Time We Lost. Carrie has also released a debut solo album, When The Curtains Fall. The album features Carrie’s most-loved musical theatre songs, covered in a unique and modern way. Alongside her acting, writing and music career, Carrie has an established online presence with over 528,000 followers on Twitter, 492,000 on Instagram and over 652,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Cover Credit: Aitch at Central Illustration 

Public Domain (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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What a breath of fresh air! This was such a fun book to read.

I really enjoyed reading “The Secret Garden “. It was filled hope that was shared by two young children who had never been given the opportunity most children grow up with.

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I love this story so much!

The reader does a great job.
I seriously reread this story possibly every year. I love how the garden fills Mary with new life. There is truly something magical about connecting with the earth and watching things grow.

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highly enjoyable

Have always loved this story. it has been one of my favorites. Christa did a lovely job to the reading, flowed nicely and nice Yorkshire accents, real and the ones that Mary and Colin were using. Wonderfully done.

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gud one

People are naturally inclined to hand out the "instant classic" award to the books they like, but there are only a precious few books that can hold on to such a title for over a hundred years, (this was published in book form in 1911)

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  • sarah c.
  • 07-20-19

brilliant classic

very well read, beautiful classic story. the descriptions of nature and Yorkshire life ransport you into the dreamy world of the children you can almost feel and smell like you are actually there....

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  • Mum of wrestling fan
  • 08-11-19

Unfortunate accent issues. Otherwise brilliant!

A wonderful classic, generally read very well by the narrator. What a shame that the narration was marred by the awkward over pronunciation of the Yorkshire T'. Has she never heard of a Glottal Stop?!

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  • Dolly McLaughlin
  • 07-30-19

Simply lovely.

The magic of the secret garden, of getting well, of living, of childhood, of Yorkshire, of good food, of fresh air, of good mothering. Feel good book. A spiritual metaphor. Beautifully narrated.

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  • Caffeine Addict
  • 11-15-19

Lovely story shame about the accent

The book starts well the narrator has a lovely clear voice, however, the terrible Yorkshire accent and the misplaced ‘t’s drove me crazy. Book returned, shame.

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  • 07-24-19

A captivating and magical performance

I listened to this with my 6 year old. The story is beautifully written and the performance is just wonderful. We got through it in just a few days we were enjoying it so much! A captivating and magical performance. Amazing.

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  • Essie Brammer
  • 07-27-19

Excellent apart from the (sadly non-)Yorkshire ts

It was lovely to revisit a childhood favourite and find that it was even better than I remember - the only shame was that the reader, whilst generally very good, didn't appear to know how to pronounce a Yorkshire t, so that kept pulling me out of the story.

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  • Cate Whittaker
  • 07-23-19

Beautifully retold

It was so lovely to listen to this story from my childhood with my daughter!

(I would add though that I find the sound is a bit off, as if the storyteller is moving away and back towards the recording microphone. Perhaps this is a sound issue that Audible are able to resolve??)

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  • H W Giddens
  • 04-06-20

A real classic

Enjoyed a re-listen of this classic. Very well narrated. Although most people know the story so well, it doesn’t matter. It’s a pleasure to listen to.

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  • springerlady
  • 04-01-20

balm for the soul

I loved this book as a child.. now I'm 60 and thrilled to have it read to me.. I now have a cottage garden business.. how much this book has lead me to my style and pleasure in gardens

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  • DianaVonR
  • 03-26-20

Great story and performance

Hadn't read this book in over 20 years. Loved rediscovering it. Great to have something to listen to with my kids too

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  • Trish
  • 11-23-19

Masterpiece!

My grand daughter and I were totally enthralled listening to this. We couldn't put it down. Thanks for the quality freebee audible!