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Jenna-Louise Coleman reads The Secret Garden, one of the best-loved stories of all time.

When newly orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to live at Misselthwaite Manor with her uncle, she is determined to be miserable. But she finds a lonely house which is full of mystery. There's her sad Uncle Archibald, her cousin, Colin, who believes he's dying, and then there's Dickon, a local boy. Together they discover a locked and secret garden and their great adventure begins.

As the garden slowly works its magic Mary, Colin, Dickon and even her uncle Archibald all begin to change. This is part of AudioGO's 'Famous Fiction' range.

Public Domain (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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bare bones

I wish she had read the full story. the whole hour was abridging taken too far

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good story well read

I wish it was the full version. She read it well and it was a reasonable abridgment of novel.

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Awful abridged copy

I was very sad to hear how this beautiful and classic children’s book had been absolutely butchered. I couldn’t listen to more than five minutes. I wish it had been made more clear that it were abridged (it should really say so in the recording!) because it makes me sad to think of all the people listening to it without realising.

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Love it!

Love the sound of her voice, it's so beautiful and soothing! I listen to this every night before bed and it's amazing, I never get sick of it

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Needs to be clear that this is abridged

I assumed it was just the first chapter or two when I saw the time, but discovered after reading a review that it’s abridged. It’s still a nice story but Not what I thought it was.

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Disappointing

I was excited to be listening to a classic but did not realised it was abridged...only an hour’s worth of listening.

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It's abridged.

For an abridged version, it's quite good. The narrator's voice fits the text and it's enjoyable.

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It was ok but I think they could of done a bit more of a story but overall it was a great story. My favourite bit was when he ran into his father’s arms it was so heart full.

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  • Greg and Sara Masarik
  • 08-10-2013

Buyer Beware: Sadly it IS Abridged

Would you try another book from Frances Hodgson Burnett and/or Jenna-Louise Coleman?

This is a charming reading of The Secret Garden. Jenna-Louise Coleman reads very well and with good variety in her voice for the various characters. Sadly, the title reads "unabridged" when it is anything but. I surely wish that this had been the unabridged version of this beautiful classic because I could have easily enjoyed JLC's reading for the 4-5 hours that it would take. This 55 minute version feels rushed and too simplified. What a shame. What a shame.

Has Jenna-Louise Coleman reads The Secret Garden (Famous Fiction) turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - the reading and the classic are excellent. The obstacle was the misrepresentation of the version.

What about Jenna-Louise Coleman’s performance did you like?

Her voice is lovely, lively and engaging. It is easy to listen to and truly enjoy.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jenna-Louise Coleman reads The Secret Garden (Famous Fiction)?

I would have cut nothing. I wish that there had been LESS cutting.

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  • LOUIE NEIRA
  • 12-04-2015

Not full length

To be honest, I got this because it was Jenna Coleman reading it, not because it was a full reading. It goes at a fast pace and I wished she had slowed down but for the price, it was well worth it.

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  • N. B. Delain
  • 17-06-2021

ABRIDGED

This is a very, very abridged version of the story, which is nor what I was looking for. Even if it was what I was looking for, the abridgment omits far, far too much.

I do not recommend this reading of this wonderful story.

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  • WendyDVB
  • 23-05-2021

A Classic, Beautifully Told.

This is the classic tale, told in a manner that draws you in from the very beginning. The magic of children and their innocent and open minds and that garden magic. Excellent narrator.

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  • Alina
  • 04-10-2020

delightful

one of my all time favorites.we all need a secret garden even as we are adults

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  • Mike
  • 15-09-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed

Purchased this book to unwind and relax and listen to an old gem which I remember hearing from my childhood. Jenna really makes the story enchanting with her whimsical voices and captures the characters very well. I really enjoyed this book as I enjoyed listening to Jenna Coleman read me a children's story. My child at heart is satisfied. Will listen to again when needing to de-stress and relax.

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