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.
(P)2011 Trout Lake Media
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.
"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.
"Great book but the reader sounded robot like."
Great Classic Read!
I love Ms Mary. She has an awesome spirit!
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!
I love it when Ms Mary tells Collin off for being a bratt
"A classic book, but it the narration is awful"
I love this story, and have reread it many times, but I cannot recommend this audio version. The narrator is robotic and reminds me strongly of Siri. Unfortunately the stilted narration takes away from the enjoyment of the story.
A more emotional narrator!
"Not one of the better children's books"
While The Secret Garden is considered by some to be a classic, it is not a very interesting book for children. I could name dozens of excellent such books, but will name only The BFG which is a truly wonderful book for children.
Narration is not great, but it is not nearly as bad as some reviewers rate it.
"The narrator ruins it."
I love this story, but the narrator was appalling. My little girl and I have been listening to it, and she still likes it, but it's a wonder she cares for the story at all with such lifeless and robotic narration, with a very odd rhythm to her reading too. I'm about to abandon listening to it because it's that bad. Plus, by rights, an English story should have an English narrator to do it full justice.
My shock at the narration from minute one!
In every way.
Disappointment only because of the narration. It's a marvelous book.
Do yourself a favor, and get a different copy with a different narrator.
"Disappointing reading of a favorite story"
I loved this book as a kid and bought it to re-read before seeing the musical/play. The woman reading it speaks clearly, but "broad Yorkshire" accents are crucial to the spirit of the story and totally missing from the narrator's range.
Only if she doesn't have to do anything other than an American female's voice.
"Good story, stilted narrator"
classic story I'd always meant to read. The narrator sounds like a GPS voice when she's not doing dialogue, though.
"Hard to swallow"
I love the story of The Secret Garden, but I couldn't get through this version. Very hard to listen to- monotone and without an English Accent.
"Good story / narration"
Enjoyed every second of it. The narrator could've varied the character voices a little more but that didn't take a whole lot away from the story.
I LOVE The Secret Garden and didn't listen to the sample because I was just so excited to be able to listen to it. HORRIBLE decision. The narration is like listening to Siri give driving directions. I wish I could get my $2.95 back.
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