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The Secret Garden

(A Puffin Book)
Narrated by: Indira Varma
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged audiobook edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

'I've stolen a garden,' she said very fast. 'It isn't mine. It isn't anybody's. Nobody wants it, nobody cares for it, nobody ever goes into it. Perhaps everything is dead in it already; I don't know.'

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed - and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key and enters a world she could never have imagined.

Public Domain (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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It is great and exiting and the person who is reading it has great expression for different voices of people

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Narrated perfectly

Indira Varma has fine a fantastic job narrating this book. Her Yorkshire accent is just perfect!

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Step into another world

One of my favourite childhood stories, and I try to re- read it often. As the book says, it fills my head with Agreeable things. Wonderful reading, acting, character voices.

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wonderful classic story

Yorkshire therapy! We thought this was a great story. wonderful to to listen as an adult

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Lovely story

This book is so well written and read, it's very hard to put down. recommend.

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Wonderful

What a wonderful story, I couldn't stop listening to it. I loved the way it described nature.

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Warning: May contain casual racism!

I've found this really hard to rate as the story is a classic and the reader excellent. However, a few chapters in and I was shocked to hear statements about "blacks" as compared to "civilized whites". I understand that the novel may be asking us to reflect on this attitude but my seven year old might not have that sophistication of thinking. There is a lot more casual racism that I do not want my child hearing so we have stopped listening. I wish I had been aware of this content beforehand!

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Keeps halting and forgetting where I listened to.

Definitely the book and not audible account. When I try and pause it it sometimes doesn't work and then jumps back instead of pausing up to where I listened to. I've had other books downloaded and listened to and it's not done this. Stories good but think this document is faulty

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  • Roya McCauley
  • 06-09-18

Superb!! Simply Superb!!

This narration is such a joy to listen to. The performance is magnificent and Magical, if I may be so bold. Full of life and on more than one occasion brought tears to my eyes as I listened. My deepest appreciation to this great narrator. She did a wonderful job!!

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  • Mom of 3
  • 28-03-19

Amazing Reader

I have loved this book since I was young, so I've always been excited for the day when my kids would be old enough to enjoy it for themselves. While we do our own read alouds, we've been enjoying audiobooks more and more - and I've learned that the reader/narrator can make or break a story! THIS READER IS AMAZING! Her voices, the various accents, the emotions expressed... it brought this great story to life and my kids absolutely adored it. So did I! I highly recommend this version!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-19

Fantastic Reader!

This narrator nailed the Yorkshire accent, paused at just the right moments, and did a beautiful job of capturing the personalities of each character. My daughter needed to read the book for an assignment over Christmas break, and listening to it felt like a treat. I highly recommend this performance.

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  • Viva
  • 18-07-19

Lush, sublime narration

I can’t attest to quality of the accents, but I enjoyed every bit of this emotionally rich and varied narration. Ms Varma’s eloquent and attractive telling makes it automatically one of my all-time favorites. She sings the little songs and consistently manages many characters with expert ease. I’m awed. And grateful- I feel I got a full experience.

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  • AF
  • 15-11-18

This is such a great, classic story!

The story is just as wonderful as I remember when my mom read it to me as a child. I got so much more out of it though listening to it now, as an adult. I highly recommend it for children and grown ups alike. The story is so well crafted and delivers a great message. The narrator was simply brilliant as well and I'll miss hearing her voice.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 21-05-20

Mágico

Um bom livro. Fofo e aquece o coração. Em alguns momentos um pouco simplista, descrições muito longas da natureza. Mas pra um livro mais infantojuvenil é ótimo. Um classico

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  • Karen P. Maxon
  • 20-05-20

Wonderful!

The Secret Garden was my favorite book when I was a child. I'm often reluctant to listen to audio versions of my old favorites. But this version is brilliant, spot-on! Excellent narration of a beautiful story.

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  • Virginia De Sanctis
  • 06-05-20

Love it!

It was such a pleasure hearing this book the
accent was delightful and it matched the book perfectly, and it was very well spoken 😁 I give this book a 10 out of 10! And I hilly recommend!

The only thing I would change is that it is a bit pricey but worth it if you are on it a lot.

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  • Jan
  • 30-04-20

Absolutely awesome

This was a delightful surprise.
The Narrator was perfect and the classic story holds the warm and fuzzy feeling throughout. I recommend it to everyone.

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  • david
  • 10-04-20

Magic!

I have been so exhausted by all of the depressing news on the tube and the net that I needed to read/hear something uplifting for a change. This audible is so well done. Probably one of the best narrations I have heard of any of the audibles I have enjoyed. I found myself practicing my own broad Yorkshire on my dog walks. Highly recommend.