The Secret Garden

  • by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by Finola Hughes
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"This adaptation has its own special appeal. Although considerably shorter than the original, it remains faithful to the plot." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excruciating

What disappointed you about The Secret Garden?

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.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Garden?

Mary finding & opening the garden door.


How could the performance have been better?

Finding a narrator who can actually do a Yorkshire accent would be a good start.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Garden?

None. The book is fine, & I love the story.


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- Czol

Disappointed

One of my favourite books let down by a wooden narrator. The book didn't flow and felt stilted, shame.
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- Debra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-12-2010
  • Publisher: Listening Library