Summary

Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin, whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach.
A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.
Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media
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1 out of 5 stars
By Joanna on 02-06-12

Disappointed by the narrator

This is a wonderful book which I have read twice before. I was eager to hear it as an audiobook. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the narrator's voice. I found the choice of an American narrator an odd choice for this classic English story. More than that, I found Victoria McGee's voice stilted, almost like the voice of a telephone announcer. I was so put off that I have only listened to the beginning of the audiobook. I intend to try again, but I was very disappointed that I found the narrator so hard to listen to.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 09-10-13

Shockingly bad narration

I gave up on this version half-way through Chapter 4. The narration by Victoria McGee was horrendous. Like other reviewers, I was instantly reminded of Apple’s automaton Siri. Despite this reaction, I decided to persist. But when the character of Martha Sowerby was introduced in Chapter 4, McGee launches the most ludicrous, inauthentic Yorkshire accent I’ve ever heard. It was comedic in its dreadfulness.

It was so bad; I instantly switched it off and succumbed to my curiosity – I Googled the narrator. Everything else I heard from McGee was so different (i.e. fantastic) I can only assume this is a terrible and unfortunate anomaly from an otherwise talented voice-artist.

I’ve just purchased another version, with a different narrator.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 01-12-12

Great book but the reader sounded robot like.

If you could sum up The Secret Garden in three words, what would they be?

Great Classic Read!

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

I love Ms Mary. She has an awesome spirit!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I understand that the language itself was probably hard to do, but the performer I thought was very robot-like and just didn't sound right. Almost like a new reader in grade school. That's a bummer because I think sometimes that can make or break an audio book. Good for the author the storyline was wonderful! As expected in a classic!

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

I love it when Ms Mary tells Collin off for being a bratt

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