Few children's classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children's literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more.
A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child's need to nurture and be nurtured - a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood.
"This adaptation has its own special appeal. Although considerably shorter than the original, it remains faithful to the plot." (
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The performance. The narrator was reasonably competent on descriptive passages but has no skill with dialogue. Any lines where the character was displaying any sort of emotion sounded like hysteria, & attempts to give characters distinct voices came off as if someone was doing silly impressions of them (to be fair, as this is a children's book, the latter may have been deliberate as a way of amusing young listeners). Worst of all was the attempts at Yorkshire accents. They were so excruciating that I had to stop listening.
Mary finding & opening the garden door.
Finding a narrator who can actually do a Yorkshire accent would be a good start.
None. The book is fine, & I love the story.