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The Secret Garden

Narrated by: Virginia McKenna
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Publisher's Summary

What the Narnia books did for wardrobes, The Secret Garden did for the walled garden. Few readers can fail to share with Mary Lennox that inexplicable thrill of anticipation at the notion of an enclosed and secret world, bursting with potential life and beauty but remaining hidden from view.

As Mary herself observes, 'Here was another locked door, added to the hundred in the strange house'. When she finds the key to the secret garden, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and enables other characters in the novel to open doors and windows into their own lives, bringing vitality and vigour back to the inhabitants of Misselthwaite Manor.

The author's interest in theosophy is perhaps reflected in the journey of the crippled Colin, who believes he can heal himself through positive thinking. And, as the roses return to the garden, so they bloom in Mary's cheeks - as she discovers an ancient and timeless magic that every gardener will recognise and understand.

Published in 1909, it is one of Frances Hodgson Burnett's most popular novels with adults as well as children. It has been adapted countless times for stage and screen and spawned spin-offs and sequels all over the world.

Public Domain (P)2007 Silksoundbooks Limited

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The Best!

There are so many versions of this children's classic in audio and I bought the wrong one at first. This though, is simply brilliant. With a much loved classic set in Yorkshire, it must be read by a Brit who can speak the Yorkshire dialect of Dicken especially since he is one of the three characters on almost every page. The Yorkshire idiom was beautifully read. My granddaughters will love this one.

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Uplifting tale for young and old

As an adult I was looking for a story to relax my mind and get ready for sleep of an evening. I got that and so much more from this wondrous tale. Beautifully narrated by Virginia McKenna, each evening I felt I was in The Secret Garden.

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  • Anna Spencer
  • 12-05-2016

An Inspirational rendition of The Secret Garden!

Virginia McKenna's narration of this story is truly spellbinding. Such a talented actress, she demonstrates her ability to engage the listener completely! I am impressed by her ability to voice all the different characters, as well as her authentic Yorkshire accent.

I read The Secret Garden as a child, but enjoyed it so much more as an audio book. I chose this book as I consider Virginia Mc Kenna a brilliant actress. I would recommend it to everyone.

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  • Angela Hills
  • 31-03-2016

Great story, bad download experience

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story and narration were great but I had trouble with the download skipping 7 seconds every few. I removed and reloaded several times and it made no difference. Unfortunate distraction.

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  • Melissa
  • 27-03-2016

Absolutely magical

This book is absolutely magical! My new all-time favorite. It is a timeless treasure which everyone should read, and this reader is just perfect.

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  • Ashley Stillwell
  • 05-02-2016

A delightful story

One of my favorite childhood books, I have read it several times since and each time through is a delight. I love the story, with its beautiful and intriguing characters. It has a piece of all of us in between its pages, and it brings out a feeling of childish wonder and happiness that you will not soon forget.

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  • Ms. H. C. Sutton
  • 16-02-2017

Beautifully read

Keeps me warm on cold winter nights, waiting for spring. All you need is the magic...

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