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Publisher's Summary

Since its original publication in 1911, The Secret Garden has ranked as one of the world's best-loved novels, captivating children and adults alike with its luminous tale of secrets and revelations, growth and renewal, and, above all, the transforming power of love.
©1993 Warner Brothers (P)1993 Penguin/HighBridge Audio

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  • Roberta
  • 05-10-2012

Very abridged, but wonderfully read

I bought this version behause it was narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and I truly enjoyed listening to her reading of it. Only too late did I discover that the book was abridged, and very drastically so. The main points of the story are all there, but not much more. This is the reason for the low story score. So much of the magic is gone, of Colin's development into a normal boy, of the transformation of the garden. It was a good reminder of the original book, but not nearly enough.

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  • Jane
  • 22-08-2014

Great narration and a classic story

What did you love best about Secret Garden?

The innocence in the children's relationships, and the garden's beauty and it's magics.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character has always been Dickon.

Any additional comments?

I love everything about this audio-book except when I ordered it, I didn't pay much attention and didn't realize it was the abridged version! I love this narrator, but I have yet to find her narrating the unabridged version yet. If I do find her, her version would definitely be the one I buy.

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  • S. Valles
  • 27-05-2015

Classic!

One of my favorite stories of all time! It was narrated beautifully and colorful language!

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  • jb
  • 20-02-2014

An ageless story

I've read this book every few years since I was 11. A brilliant and beautiful story about childhood, nature and belief. Always makes me want to run away to the moor.

Helena Bonham Carter does a lovely job reading. Adore HBC more now than ever.

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  • Fraulein
  • 27-10-2020

Loved it!♡

It is the most wonderful story I have ever heard in all my life and it will always be!

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  • yep
  • 22-07-2019

fantastic performance

helena bonham carter's narration is wonderful. my daughter and i love to listen to her tell this story every night before bed. i've been a fan of hbc for a million years, so this never gets old, even after fifty times. i have not heard the other versions, but we're so happy with this one.

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  • Alexandra M. Bateman
  • 14-03-2018

It’s abridged!

It never said that it would be abridged on the page where you buy the book. But it’s very heavily abridged. I never would’ve bought the book had I known it was abridged. I do enjoy however hearing Helena Bonham Carter reading it.

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  • My account
  • 19-06-2017

Love it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Secret Garden to be better than the print version?

I love to read but the voice actor does such a great job I definitly loved this version better!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved little mary, I've know many girls like her.

Have you listened to any of Helena Bonham Carter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I've seen her and movies, she is wonderful!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but I've read this story many times so I know what to expect.

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I Love this story, simple and sweet.

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  • Catessa Hills
  • 22-05-2017

even better than the movie!

I've loved this story ever since I was a little girl. I was delighted to see it on audio book, and struggled with which one to buy. I am glad to say I am not dissapointed. I loved it!

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  • Daria
  • 14-08-2016

Wonderful!

Wonderful and quick listen! HBC is a great narrator. Comes to life very well! loved it!

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  • Babuly
  • 24-10-2020

Good But Not Full Book

This Book Is Really Good And Beautifully Read (From What I Have Seen So Far) However The Book Only Goes Up To Chapter 6. Normally There Is 27 Chapters In This Book But This Version Only Has 6. If You Are Testing The Book This Os Great Bit If You Intend To Read It All I Recommend Getting The Longer Version

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  • Lisa
  • 04-11-2019

Best book

This book is the best if you like mystery I would give an award its for everyone who likes mystery.✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆 It brought me happiness:).

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  • S M Jones
  • 08-01-2021

favourite childhood story

Helena Bonham Carter was perfect to read this.
Enjoyed every minute listening. Took me back to my childhood.

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  • Rebecca P.
  • 10-08-2019

Just the best

Just the best story read by the wonderful Helena BC. Her Yorkshire accents are brilliant. Brought tears to my eyes.

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