With the help of the robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden, coming to life anew, brings health to Colin - and to Mary, happiness.
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"It will rapt most children away, for after fifty years, its spell is still as strong; a blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." (New York Times Book Review)
Kildonan by the sea
A very different story, with very unusual characters and a beautiful message for all.
This is one of those books I missed in my childhood, but a visit to a restaurant in Spain called The Secret Garden and an interview in radio 4 recommending it gave the inspiration to read it.
Nothing was like I expected, the main character is very contrary, the events in her life are devastating but her courage and growth in the story are beautifully achieved. Some elements are very much of its period but others are well ahead of its time. I especially like how the mundane became magical and the magical became normal.
A book full of beauty and hope, with children, other children will grow to love.
A very good reading, with wonderful accents and characterization; a perfect listen.
Beautiful, thought provoking and comforting. This is one of my favourite books of all time and having it on audiobook forever makes it so much more accessible when I need to relax. Doing an English degree, one can get lost in the course content, but this is what I fall back on time and time again. It was one of the first books I read independently and therefore it will always mean something to me. It was beautifully read with the correct emotion for each character.
I loved the moment when colin walks for the first time. As a person with a disability, I know how liberating this is. Having that read to me was very very comforting.
I loved every minute of this and would recommend to everyone to read or listen to.
I first saw the film years ago when I was a child. I loved it then, but I'd never read the book. I'm glad that I have, the film and the book (from what I remember if the film) follow closely with each other. I really enjoyed reading this and the audible version is great too. A real classic that I will be sure to read again.
My son was reading this at school and did not understand it so we got the audio and the whole family listened and really enjoyed the story.
I listened to this with my 9 year old daughter. Initially on a long car journey, but we didn't finish it in the car so we finished it over several bed-times. It was innocent, charming and the pictures painted so vividly by the beautiful writing. I would recommend this classic for children and adults to enjoy together.
I loved this book it is filled to the brim with exiting chapters I listen to this story every night before bed this it the 37 time I have listened to it it is grate for agess 8-14 it has so much imaganation and is so exiting my. Mum loves it and she is 51 he even watched the film P.s sorry a bout spelling I am only 9
Having never read this as a child it's been on my TBR for a while. Johanna Ward's narration is excellent. She really brings Mary in particular to life. Highly recommended.
"Cynical old bag loved it"
I'm in my 50s, but had never read this classic. (Saw the film and Broadway version). My usual taste is non-fiction or Ruth Rendell and other contemporary mysteries/thrillers. I LOVED IT! Beautifully written, full of insight into human nature and appropriate/inspiring for all ages. Go for it. Especially for a time when you need a good healthy dose of hope.
"As good as it used to be"
On a whim I downloaded The Secret Garden for a road trip. I read it 20 years ago and loved the story, but like all things over time I had forgotten the context of the story. It was such a joy of re-discovery to go back to the Yorkshire Moors and the secret garden. The narration was superb which added to the magic of the classic story.
I wish I had read this as a kid, but my school did not require much reading at all and that which was required was usually photocopied and stapled together. A sad affair, I know, however this book was wonderful, fun and made my laugh and feel great over and over again.
"Glad we chose this narrator"
It was fun to listen to someone else read this book. I have read it many times, but had never heard the correct "yorkshire" pronunciation. The "yorkshire" is important to the book, and my experience of this book was greatly enhanced by hearing it. Reading the book can be difficult (especially for a child) because of the dialect, listening to it made all the difference.
There were so many narrators to choose from, so my 10 year old and I listened to sample after sample to narrow it down to this version. I know the story well, but the 10 year old had not read it. We could hardly stop listening.
In this story skinny, cranky, unlovable Mary meets spoiled, sad Collin and through their relationship with each other, and a few down-to-earth friends, heal themselves by turning their attention outward to nature. I love how the children are able to help each other, instinctively figure out what is good and healthy, and keep such a wonderful and important secret safe until they can reveal it to those who are most precious to them.
I love the scene in the secret garden when Collin stands up and walks and the gardener Ben cries.
When they sang the Doxology I was very moved.
"An Old Story, But Wonderful"
I never read this as a child, but should have. To me, the true test of a children's story is whether it appeals across the generations. This one does. As much as it is another variation on an old theme (children, in their simpleness, being smarter than adults in helping others, such as Pollyanna), it is worth reading.
The narration was adequate. Her children voices were not the best, but all others were terrific. Talking "in broad Yorkshire" was enchanting.
Excellent reading. Love it. Buy a new copy everytime the last one wears out
This is a very endearing story and I would highly recommend it. A book for children and adults alike. I hated to see it end.
"A very good listen!"
Yes because it was a good story, simple yet not too simple, and very optimistic.
Mary, she started off as a little brat, but became more and more loveable as the story progressed.
None really, though she did a ok job with all the characters, I just didn't have a favorite. I did however like the general narration. But if I had to choose a character I would say Mary or Dickon.
No, I seen the movie awhile back, so I kind of knew a little about it, and wasn't really suprised by anything, plus it doesn't really have any Oh dang.. moments. Though the book is a little different than the movie.
Overall good story and well produced, the only very little complaint I have about it is the album art work for it. It came in a little fuzzy (I have the 4th generation Ipod), and it just annoyed me a little bit, but please don't let that stop you from getting this audiobook. I wouldn't use a credit on it though, since a credit cost more than the book, I just bought the book itself.
"It's a Classic, Kids loved it"
We got this book to listen to with the kids on our way to/from the beach for summer vacation. As usual, they complained until 20 minutes into the story then complained when we had to turn it off. It was well done and nothing too scary or startling in the performance.
It made the kids happy and kept them quiet and attentive the whole trip. A winner on every level.
"so much more than a secret garden"
The narration was absolutely perfect. I felt like I was in the story watching it the entire time. This is a story not just for kids but if I were to tie in with modern times I believe there are many fathers that could read this book and learn to connect with their own son better than they ever have. The river runs deep in this book and I plan to read it to my own children. I hope and I pray that it speaks to them as much as it did to me. if you have a son that you want to get away from video games and connect to you perhaps reading him the story would be your solution.
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