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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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Perfect

Wonderfully narrated at just the right pace, she nails every voice and accent so that you can be carried away to the place and time and become immersed in the beauty of the story. This book is a classic celebration of nature and love and the power of belief. A must listen for children and adults. You’ll want to listen again and again.

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Beautiful classic

What a wonderful story to listen to! Such an absolute joy that I didn't want it to end. And a perfect clear narrator for this beautiful classic.

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Utterly delightful!

Utterly delightful! A lovely story, beautifully narrated. I enjoyed every minute of this audio book.

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I really like this book it is so so good I recommend this book to everyone.

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An Enchanting Story Read Wonderfully

Indira Varma imbues this enchanting story with the life and light of her own creative energy. She gives such an outstanding performance of all the different characters, where she brilliantly captures all the emotions, and particularly the uplifting ones. I’m so glad I selected Varma’s reading of this wonderful story. 11/10

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Enchanting!

Hilarious, beautiful, heart warming and exciting. This story, for adults and children, captures the imagination with mystery and beauty rarely found in story.

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Gorgeous story!

Absolutely deserves 5 stars. It’s a wonderful story, with a wonderful message. I can’t wait to read it to my own children some day- or listen with them!

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  • Roya McCauley
  • 06-09-2018

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
  • 28-03-2019

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
  • 04-01-2019

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
  • 18-07-2019

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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  • SB & TC Robin
  • 16-11-2020

Lovely

Listened with my 5 year old daughter before letting her watch the 1993 movie. It was perfect. The accents were stylized enough to give the idea, but clear enough even she could understand the broad Yorkshire.

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  • Kelli
  • 27-10-2020

What a gem!

It’s getting hard to find an audiobook that hasn’t drowned out the words by trying to add all sorts of background noise or that has been overly dramatized. Indira Varma did a wonderful job and I will look for her in other titles. I couldn’t press pause on this little gem.

Anyone suffering from quarantine blues or depression I general would greatly benefit from this tale.

It was written at the height of English imperialism so needless to say there is racism and classism. However, it’s a good way to look our history square in the face to see how far we have left to go in our fight against racism.

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  • Corinne Hennessy
  • 26-10-2020

Most Marvelous

Brimming with hope and healing.
Forget the movie
Forget the remake of the movie.
This is a book that would be well read after dinner when all are ready for bed Or anytime. I like books when I listen to the Audio. It warmed my heart.

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  • kanga2012
  • 01-08-2020

Returning to my childhood

Listening to The Secret Garden was a step back in time. There is so much wisdom and truth in this gentle story which as an adult, reached into my heart and touched my soul. To listen to this story again with the delightful narration of Indira Varma, provided soothing respite from the anxiety of today’s world. Even if you read this as a child, let yourself listen to it now as an adult. You will fall in love with this tender story once again.

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  • Emilia
  • 14-07-2020

phenomenal voice acting

Such a pleasure to hear this story again after so many years and this time read with such talent. Brought everything so vividly to life.

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  • AE
  • 15-11-2018

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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  • Mr Gareth C Rees
  • 05-04-2018

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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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  • Angela KTM
  • 15-08-2019

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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  • Daksina
  • 19-12-2018

Narrated perfectly

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-2021

Beautiful & stunningly narrated!

Charming from start to finish a feel good book with lovely life lessons about positive thinking x

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-04-2021

Simply womderful

As an avid reader I have read this book several times in different languages. The story has always spellbound me, but having heard this reading I'm awestruck. Varma reads with such clear and soft pronunciation that it is just lovely to listen. Every character has its own defined voice, the different dialects are perfectly read - at the same time almost alien (to a non native English speaker), and fully understandable. I just loved it. Will look for more books read by this actor.

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  • adriana maximo
  • 17-04-2021

wonderful

I love it, it's a great story full of adventures, secrets and love.
An opportunity to think about what's true and what we believe really matter and can change our life forever.

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  • April Alder
  • 11-03-2021

Wonderful narration of a childhood favourite

I always though that A Little Princess was my favourite children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett but on a reread of this I think it may have overtaken it! The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing all of the characters to life -her Yorkshire accent was good and full of humour and her performance of Mary Lennox from indignant to warm and loving was wonderful. The garden felt real, fresh and full of life and I felt revived after spending time there. I have always loved the way FHB writes nature and particularly animals - they are always so characterful and charming and are what makes her writing so special and magical to me. A good audio production of a classic children’s tale. Much loved and well worth a listen.

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  • SjC
  • 22-02-2021

A classic story, beautify told.

I loved this story when i was a child (a long time ago) and this was the first time i revisited it since then, i had forgotten how unlikable Mary and Colin are in the beginning.

What can i say It's a classic story, beautify told.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2020

Fabulous

A classic story made better by the wonderful narrator. Excellent different voices for the characters.

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  • Danielcelloedwards
  • 05-07-2020

Brilliant performance of a classic

An outstanding performance from Indira Varma. This book has been criticised for its depiction of colonialism, but I think the narration makes it really clear that we're it's not something to be revelled in. At the start of the book, Mary is not a likeable character, and we're clearly not meant to sympathise with the horrible way that she treats her Indian caregivers. Also, I have read this book several times, but this performance really made me fall in love with Dickon. He's like a male version of Anne of Green Gables. Just the most lovely boy, who has a keen sense of wonder and kindness - nothing is too small for him to notice and appreciate. I think Indira Varma's brilliant Yorkshire accent really brought this character to life for me in a way that I hadn't previously noticed. Overall, a really excellent audiobook.

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